Opportunities for Students

Working alongside campus partners, the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) offers RISD students access to information and opportunities for socially responsible engagement. These programs and initiatives support you in becoming an engaged artist and designer and to make a community-informed impact in Providence and across the region.

Student engagement resources

Essential tools

Register with RISD’s online hub for community engagement and discover pathways to participating in socially engaged service with Providence-area nonprofits and other organizations.

Find even more ways to take part in meaningful, engaged work on Involved, RISD’s online platform for student organizations and campus events.

See this reference guide to community engagement terminology, as well as information about several of our on-campus partners.

Short-term projects

Take part in this intensive six-day interaction that offers enriching cultural and service experiences focused on political activism and social impact.

Get involved in POSE, a three-day intensive for first-year students to engage with local communities upon arrival to campus and discover longterm volunteer opportunities.

Socially engaged student groups

Learn about the RISD/Brown student-run Design for America, which uses design to tackle local problems around education, healthcare, climate change and more.

Discover the RISD Museum-based service learning program that prepares selected undergrad and grad students to facilitate a variety of programs related to museum collections.

Community-engaged funding

Find information about the RISD Research grant program that supports non-traditional, experimental, and locally and globally transformative student projects and advances core RISD values and strategic priorities.

Apply the knowledge, theory and skills you acquire in the classroom through experiential learning within a range of professional contexts.