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 transforma- tional 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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