CCECS guides scholarships students through a structured civic engagement and leadership development framework that aims to prepare graduates as leaders of social change in their countries and the world. Scholarship students engage in extensive volunteer opportunities, workshops and trainings, internships in community-based organizations, and community service projects.
1- Volunteering: Through regular volunteering with credible local and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) scholarship students develop an ethos of civic and social responsibility as well as increase their understanding of diverse communities and varied models and approaches for societal improvement.
2- Workshops and Trainings: Capacity-building workshops and trainings equip scholarship students with fundamental tools and skills to become change agents in their communities and beyond. Topics include leadership development, team building, human rights, public speaking and presentation skills, advocacy, project planning, proposal writing, budgeting, civil society, citizenship, career development, and life skills.
3- Internships in Community-Based Organizations: All scholarship students complete internships to provide them with critical workforce skills and deepen their knowledge in a specific field. Internships placements are provided either by the students’ academic program (if required for the major) or by the CCECS. Many students intern in organizations ranging from grassroots service-providers and schools serving marginalized children to human rights advocates and policy institutes.
4- Community Service Projects: Utilizing an integrated and participatory approach, groups of scholarship students work closely with community stakeholders and AUB experts to design and implement innovative projects that aim to serve and empower marginalized communities.