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ETHOS Dayton Immersions

Apply your engineering mindset and skillset to build value in the Dayton community for the common good!

To apply for an ETHOS Dayton Immersion, fill out the ETHOS Dayton and Domestic Immersion Application on Studio Abroad: Dayton and Domestic application

Application fee: $100

Rolling admission, applications are accepted year round. Interviews for Spring immersions will begin in October, so apply now!


  • Dates: Dayton Immersions are offered fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • Immersion opportunities are located throughout Greater Dayton, including with these organizations:
  • Housing: Students can live on campus or off campus. 
  • Cost: The ETHOS Center provides a stipend to cover cost of housing and food. There is no cost for students to participate beyond the application fee. 
  • Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students from all engineering majors are eligible to participate.

About ETHOS Dayton

The ETHOS Dayton Immersion program aims to encourage growth through experiential learning, creation of intentional community and partnership with local non-profit organizations and agencies. The semester-long placements require students to take time off from traditional academic study in order to participate in community-engaged learning projects with non-profit organizations throughout the city of Dayton and surrounding areas. The goal of local immersions is to expand the worldview of participants and empower them through experience and knowledge to become lifelong advocates for social change. 

You do not attend classes during your local immersion except for the weekly mini-course, which accompanies the experience. 

See the below video about our work with ETHOS Dayton partner, The Dome. 

If you have any questions, please email

*Please Note: The application is for Engineering students only. All other students interested in a Semester of Service placement, please apply through the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community Semester of Service Program.

ETHOS Domestic Immersions


The ETHOS Domestic Immersions provide students with an opportunity to use their skills for humanitarian purposes by making a difference in the lives of the people and environment within the United States.

To apply, complete the ETHOS Dayton and Domestic Immersion application on Studio Abroad: Dayton and Domestic application

Application fee: $100

Application due dates: Rolling admission. We accept applications for Domestic Immersions year round. Interviews for Spring Domestic Immersions begin in October, so apply now!


  • Dates: Domestic Immersions are offered fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • Locations: 
    • Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, Oregon
    • Burn Design Lab, Vashon, Washington
    • Rich Earth Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont
    • Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, Georgetown, South Carolina
    • Bethlehem Farm, Alderson, West Virginia
    • The HUB, West Liberty, Ohio
    •  Click here to read more about our current opportunities. 
  • Housing: Arranged by host near area of work.
  • Cost: The ETHOS Center covers housing, food and transportation. There is no program fee for students apart from the application fee. 
  • Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students from all majors are eligible to participate.
  • Projects: Range from solar cook stoves, alternative building techniques, sustainable living, clean water systems and environmental stability, building assistive technology, and more!

ETHOS International Immersions


Applications are now open for summer international immersions! Spaces are limited so apply early. 

To apply for a summer ETHOS international immersion fill out the application on Studio Abroad: International application

Applications due October 1st. 

Application fee: $100

ETHOS semester immersions, offered during fall, spring and summer semesters, are transformational experiences that allow students to see the world in a new light. Students from all majors can participate in a technical immersion in a developing country. Travel groups typically consist of 2-3 students who work on appropriate regional projects. 


  • Dates: Immersions offered fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • Location: With one of our partners in Central America, South America, India or Africa
  • Environment: This depends on project and location. In the past, students were placed in cities and very rural environments (no running water, no electricity from grid).
  • Housing: In most of our locations, students live with a host family. Otherwise, accommodations are made for housing in or near the area of work. 
  • Project: Projects are subject to the need of the location. Projects have included helping to build sustainable farms, clean water systems, road and building infrastructure, construction of solar refrigerators to preserve vaccines, solar powered ovens, design assistance for human waste treatment processes, and solar powered aquaponics systems.
  • Eligibility: Students from all majors are eligible to participate. However, students must at least be in their sophomore year to be accepted. We recommend that interested first-year students participate in an international breakout or a Dayton or Domestic immersion prior to applying for a semester-long international immersion.  
  • Cost: $1,100 fundraised by student. The ETHOS Center covers other expenses (housing, food, transportation). For non-engineering students, costs may vary. 
  • Other information: Students are required to take EGR 330 or EGR 430 the semester prior to their trip to prepare culturally, technically and personally. ETHOS and in-country hosts provide the projects.  

 Questions? Email: 


The Ethos Center, Kelly Bohrer, Executive Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0212