Student Leadership Position: Apply to be a Volunteer Innovation Leader!  

We are no longer accepting applications for the Spring 2021 semester. Please contact Michelle Snitgen at msnitgen@msu.edu for additional information. 


The MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning seeks up to 13 students (undergraduate and graduate welcome) to serve with community organizations as Volunteer Innovation Leaders to expand opportunities for future MSU students to serve as virtual volunteers. 

Volunteer Innovation Leaders will be awarded an education stipend/project pay of approximately $1,000 for their efforts over the course of the spring semester. 

Program Overview:

The MSU Volunteer Innovation Leaders Program is an initiative offered by the Center for Community Engaged Learning, piloted in partnership with greater Lansing area community organizations. Students selected will serve an immersive virtual community engagement experience with a partner organization and network collaboratively with fellow student leaders. The role of the student leaders may include researching virtual and other innovative volunteer strategies and models, testing digital platforms, and developing position descriptions and project overviews. This program aims to increase virtual and innovative volunteer opportunities for future MSU student volunteers and build capacity for partners to enhance efforts to meet their mission.

Ideal candidates will have: 

  • Experience exploring new technology and helping others use technology
  • Excellent listening skills 
  • Innovative, creative mindset
  • Interest in learning about community through an immersive virtual experience with a community organization 
  • Self-motivation to work independently; value placed on learning during collaborative experiences 
  • Interest in community engagement, volunteerism, non-profit organizational administration 
  • Ability to dedicate approximately 8 hours a week to the project for the spring semester 2021 (February 25 – May 10)
  • Commitment to the following convening dates: 
    • Saturday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    • Saturday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    • Saturday, April 17, 10:00 – 12:00 noon
    • Monday, May 10, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.