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Michelle Metzger
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Service Learning Program Coordinator
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Apply to Beyond U
Interested in applying for a Beyond U local internship? Keep checking this webpage as future program offerings will be posted here! 
We are in regular communication with all of our community partners to determine when and how students can safely return to in-person community service opportunities. We are committed to keeping this webpage up-to-date with the latest information about available opportunities. 
Application Steps
STEP 1: Activate your eRezLife account!
  • Already connected? Great! You’re ready to go! 
  • New to St. Jerome's University? Welcome! To activate your eRezLife account, simply email Michelle
In your email, please tell us:
  • Your full name 
  • Your preferred email address 
  • UWaterloo student number, and
  • That you are interested in applying for Beyond U.
You will receive an activation email within 2 business days, which you can use to access your account.
STEP 2: Login and Apply!
Click the Apply button below! Then login to complete your job profile and the Beyond U application form.

Deadlines for future program offerings will be posted here.

Placement Descriptions
Supportive Housing of Waterloo

Students working at Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) as she manages SHOW. Opportunities include: 

  • Identifying granting agencies and completing grant applications
  • Creating social media posts
  • Working with ED on newsletters and content
  • Covering reception office/responding to tenants as needed
  • Helping plan special events for tenants
  • Helping organize fundraising events
  • Work with ED to ensure ongoing facilitation of fundraising and strategic plans
  • Attending meetings as needed
  • Propose and coordinate special interest projects as they relate to SHOW's mandate 

The placement is a mix of all of the above and an amazing opportunity to learn about housing, homelessness, mental health, addictions, non-profit management, funding, research and policy work. To learn more about SHOW please visit   


Hacienda Sarria Market Garden

This project of the Working Centre is a unique community-based urban agriculture project located in Kitchener. It is a fully functioning market garden that offers an inclusive, hands-on learning environment to demonstrate, promote, and share knowledge about sustainable food production. Beyond U students will be involved in both in day-to-day operation and shaping its overall direction. Students will:

  • Actively engage in the work of building a more sustainable community based food system, while also helping to build community while working with volunteers.
  • Work alongside staff and volunteer gardeners to facilitate work tasks and crews to grow vegetables, flowers, and fruits, using a bio-intensive growing model on about 1.5 acres of land. 
  • Have opportunities to learn about practical models for growing, greenhouse management, soil fertility, crop rotations, pests and beneficial insects, plant pathogens, irrigation and water conservation, planting and nurturing crops using organic methods, as well as harvesting, preparing, and marketing vegetables, fruits, and flowers through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share program. 
  • Have opportunities to develop transferable leadership, entrepreneurial, educational, and organizational skills associated with active participation in a lively and diverse community-enterprise. The learning will be both “on the job” as well as self-directed and self-initiated.

For more information about the Working Centre Hacienda Garden visit 

Forest Hill Public School
This public elementary school is home to a highly diverse community. Students volunteering at Forest Hill will have the opportunity to collaborate with a dedicated staff team to develop and execute programming that represents both the Beyond U student's interests and the needs of the Forest Hill School community. Beyond U students will actively contribute to a positive and inclusive community environment for all staff, students, and community members. Opportunities include: 
  • Engaging in the mentor program: buddy up with a student who is struggling with social skills, and spend time playing a game, talking, and developing a positive relationship; assisting with the student intramural program. 
  • Engaging in the school's language and math programs: reading with students who a) require extra practice or b) do not have someone to read to at home for their daily reading; monitoring the home reading program books; assist with tutoring students who require extra academic support in language and/or math. 
  • Supporting the coordination of the school's food and clothing programs: stocking food bins; locating and purchasing sale food items from grocery stores; delivering food bins to classrooms; organizing and sorting donated clothing.
  • Coordinating and running special interest clubs or workshops, including initiatives such as health promotion or leadership development. 
  • Developing and promoting fundraising events in support of student programs. 
For more information about Forest Hill Public School, visit  
Queen St. Commons Cafe
This project of the Working Centre is an inclusive community space that seeks to bring people together on equal footing in a variety of ways. Behind the counter, the cafe operates with the help of volunteers who are seeking to develop skills and build their resume while also giving back to the community. The cafe also runs a variety of programs that encourage skill building and community development for everyone. Students will: 
  • Work alongside diverse colleagues to support workplace skill development 
  • Actively build relationships based on reciprocity and mutual respect with all staff, volunteers, and community members
  • Support the day-to-day operations of the Cafe, including preparing and serving food, managing cash, cleaning, and other related duties 
  • Participate, support, and/or facilitate community programs and events when appropriate
For more information about the Queen St. Commons Cafe, visit 
Info Sessions
For any questions about the Beyond U experience, please contact the Service Learning Program Coordinator, Michelle Metzger.