“We are a nation founded upon citizenship and participation in community life. We have always believed that individuals can and should serve.
It is crucial that service toward the common good be combined with reflective learning to assure that service programs of high quality can be created and sustained over time, and to help individuals appreciate how service can be a significant and ongoing part of life. Service, combined with learning adds value to each and transforms both.
Those who serve and those who are served are thus able to develop the informed judgment, imagination and skills that lead to greater capacity to contribute to the common good.” National Society for Internships and Experiential Learning