Join a group of students who enjoy intentional mentoring and service learning as part of their Susquehanna experience.
You will participate in a four-year internship program working with community partners who focus on youth development. Every program experience is meant to both challenge you and develop essential skills to prepare you for your career.
Contact Interim Coordinator for Service Leaders Program Hope Martin at 570-372-4739 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Who is eligible? You are eligible if you are applying to Susquehanna University as a first-year student and have filed a FAFSA and demonstrated your family needs help paying for college. You must be admitted to Susquehanna to be selected for the SUSL program.
How do I apply?
Submit a 300-600 word statement about how you help others.
Priority deadline is Jan. 31, 2022, and early applicants receive priority consideration. We accept applications through Feb. 28.
Meet monthly with SUSL leadership for coaching and support.
Meet monthly as a group.
Train and prepare to work in the community.
Work 6-8 hours per week developing skills.
Participate in a winter break service experience.
Complete an eight-week summer of service internship.
Second-, third- and fourth-year students:
Continue to work 6-8 hours per week in the community.
Meet monthly for additional professional and personal development.
Why should I apply to be a Susquehanna Service Leader?
Receive a $5,000 scholarship annually and a paid internship.
Participate in leadership training and one-on-one mentoring.
Develop career-related skills doing internships with community partners.
Use the knowledge gained working 6-8 hours per week to strengthen your personal and professional skills.
Our community partners:
City of Sunbury
Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way
Lewisburg Children’s Museum
Regional Engagement Center
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency
Shikellamy School District Afterschool Programs
Snyder County Libraries
Susquehanna Valley Mediation
Kaylee Kauffman ’23
“Being a Service Leader has become a main part of my identity. I have found ways to link my work on-site to my academic success in the classroom and can see a genuine impact from my contribution. The program works for you more than anything else, it gives you a space to feel comfortable and fit into Susquehanna’s campus. I have learned more professional skills through this program than through anything else I have been a part of, and my friends have said they wish they had the same opportunities as me. I am so grateful that I can be a part of such a unique program and continue to grow along with it!”
Mario Colon ’24
“Being a part of this program is an honor and a privilege. The opportunity of helping the community, especially since I grew up in the area, in so many different ways, it’s unreal. At the GSV United way I am helping with three of their priority areas-Behavior Health & Addiction, Diversity & Inclusion, & Teens. What’s great about this program is the adaptability of everyone involved. Seeing a new issue, making each other aware of it, having meaningful open discussion about resolutions, then having community partners that we can help firsthand, it’s just an honor. I wish more colleges/organizations would be able to have the same mindset, that’s what makes a change. I can talk with my superior, colleagues, cohort about anything and I feel valued and respected. I can’t wait for my next two years!”
Mason Miller ’25
“When I first discovered the SU Service Leaders (SUSL) program, I was intrigued to learn more. Making the transition from high school to college, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to continue service work like I did in high school. I assumed that going into college meant that academics and club activities would be all there was for engagement. SUSL allowed me to become more involved in the community I call home and serve those around me who may not have had the service available to them prior to SUSL’s involvement. Knowing this showed me that I can make a difference and help people more that I could if I wasn’t in the program. Not only have I been able to help others but the experiences that I’ve had have allowed me to grow not only as a student, but as a leader, community member, and a professional. SUSL has taught me how to use team work to create an environment that inspires growth and learning. It has helped me grow and shown me that we can make differences in the world around us. SUSL made me a better achiever, leader, server, and human.”