School of Information Sciences

SIS students volunteer in the community to gain experience and make a difference


The School of Information Sciences (SIS) is partnering with PittServes, a program at the University of Pittsburgh that connects students with non-profits looking for assistance, in its recent launch of “iServe,” which is an information science-focused version of the PittServes program. iServe offers students at SIS professionally relevant experiences in the form of volunteer work for local non-profit organizations and carries forward PittServes’ mission to “promote a community of compassion, service, and wellbeing for our neighbors and ourselves so we can thrive as one.”

Last term, SIS graduate students participated in projects that included adult computer and Internet literacy, Web page development and design, database management, social media support, digitization and data stewardship, and creating simple surveillance networks with Raspberry Pi computers. These opportunities helped students expand their professional skills and acquire experiences for their resumes and CVs. It also gave them quality exposure to professional working environments. Participants walked away happy with what they accomplished and more confident to face their future job search.

Students interested in participating in an iServe project in the spring term should attend the iServe@PittServes "Volunteer" Career Fair on January 29 to speak with representatives of organizations looking for help. It will be held from 3:30 pm to 5 pm on the third floor of the Information Sciences building.


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