Service Learning Program

Female students talking

Through service-learning projects, business students at Seattle Pacific University serve as a vital component in the success of local businesses, churches, nonprofits, or government agencies. Faculty include service-learning projects in their classes whenever possible, particularly when a community partner requests a specific project.

How It Works

Students serve in many ways. Leveraging business skills learned in the classroom, you may help boost an organization’s productivity and efficiency by providing:

  • Planning
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Implementation

As you participate in service learning, you'll also:

  • Discover a potential career direction.
  • Develop leadership and management skills.
  • Learn about a community’s needs.
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom.

Recent service-learning examples include:

  • Creating a marketing plan for Catholic Social Services.
  • Developing a website for Four Paws Veterinary Service.
  • Analyzing inventory and scheduling at the Essential Baking Company.
  • Conducting a market feasibility analysis for Holland America Lines.
  • Developing a floor-layout study to improve inventory flow at an REI store.

For Business Owners

If you have a potential project for a student service learning team, or just want more information about the program, contact Mark Oppenlander at or 206-281-2942.

Bruce Baker

Why I Teach at SPU

Bruce Baker, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics

"It’s a calling. By God’s grace I’ve been invited to serve in this richly rewarding work that weaves together my business experience, theological studies, and pastoral ministry. To take part in transformational moments of learning and growth in Christ is a profound privilege, and a calling which deepens my awareness of and need for his grace."

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