Service Opportunities

At Saint Joseph’s, we believe that faith and justice make for a powerful partnership. You’ll have the opportunity to work with and for others in the community through diverse programs that fit your passions, academic pursuits and schedule. 

Community Service and Activism

We’re committed to offering service opportunities for every student, whether it’s a one-time experience or an immersive trip. You can expect to take on leadership roles as you head outside the classroom and into new communities to engage in transformative, hands-on work. 

A student helping serve food at a food kitchen

Explore a wide range of meaningful opportunities, from youth mentoring to helping people experiencing homelessness. Each volunteer engages in service projects and call-to-action tasks, including campaign writing and voter education.  

a student helping teach a child

Experience the impact of service-learning. Offered through the Faith-Justice Institute, these classes combine rigorous academics with weekly volunteer opportunities. Lectures and texts will take on powerful new meaning as you work directly with local communities.  

Students paint a wall for a service project


Kick off your freshman year with our popular community service program, MAGIS. First-year undergraduates meet on a weekly basis to engage in volunteering, social justice education and group reflection.

student working in an elementary school classroom

Faith-Justice Institute

The pursuit of social justice is a key Jesuit ideal and it’s at the core of the Faith-Justice Institute’s mission. Since 1977, the Institute has used academic courses, public forums and seminars to analyze and address societal inequality with the goal of fostering a campus culture of Christian justice that influences how we think, feel, organize and act.

Immersion Programs

Ditch your comfort zone and prepare for a life-changing experience. Our immersion programs take place during spring and winter break and bring our students all across the globe, serving communities from Appalachia to Ecuador and Peru.

photo of the aisle in the Chapel

Operating five domestic and international missions a year to places ranging from Los Angeles to Ecuador, WIP’s primary focus is to help students live in solidarity with the materially poor and marginalized, especially upon return.

A group of students pose at the appalachian mountains

Spend your spring break in Appalachia with more than 500 of your best friends. You’ll help to build houses, paint, mulch, lay concrete and learn about the culture and concerns of this community.

“I don't feel like I’m skipping my spring break at all. I’m simply using the time to have an impactful experience. During APEX I learn about myself, SJU, Appalachia, America and even God.”

Brendan Kiley ’19