Get Involved with NIU
Thank you for your interest in becoming an NIU alumni volunteer. NIU is always looking for engaged alumni willing to volunteer their time and talents to help give back to their alma mater. Please take a few moments to review the volunteer categories below before your submitting NIU Nexus volunteer interest form, which will allow us to contact you about specific volunteer opportunities that match your interests. To learn about all upcoming volunteer opportunities, subscribe to the monthly NIU Nexus volunteer newsletter, or review the list below. Thank you, and #GoHuskies!
Check out some of our volunteer spotlights to learn more about volunteering with NIU!
NIU Nexus FAQ:
What is NIU Nexus?
NIU Nexus serves as the connecting point (e.g. nexus) between alumni interested in volunteering with their alma mater and current volunteer opportunities that exist at NIU. Alumni volunteers provide real value to NIU through a variety of volunteer roles and opportunities, ranging from prospective student recruitment to providing real-world job experience. Please review the volunteer categories below to find the best fit for your volunteering interests.
How do I volunteer?
Alumni simply create an NIU Nexus profile with the NIU Alumni Association to help us understand your volunteer interests and professional expertise. Upon completion, NIU Alumni Association staff will review your profile and then connect you with opportunities suited to your interests. You may also click here to find the latest volunteer opportunities with NIU. If you currently volunteer with NIU through another opportunity please e-mail email@example.com and let us know.
Can I volunteer if I don't live near campus?
Don't worry, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities that are appropriate for alumni at all stages and places in their lives! You can volunteer on campus, off campus, and online.
How can I apply for a thank-you gift for an alumni volunteer?
Faculty, staff and students who utilize alumni volunteers are eligible for an NIU Nexus alumni volunteer appreciation pack. In order to apply, please complete this form.
There are many ways to get involved with NIU! Take a look at the volunteer opportunities featured below. Simply click on each category to learn more.
Online/Remote Volunteer Opportunities >
Virtual Mock Interviews with Students (October 17 or 18, 2023)
NIU has partnered with Braven, a non-profit organization focused on helping students get a strong job after graduation. Volunteer as a Mock Interviewer with the Braven Accelerator, the class dedicated to preparing students, and help two to three students, from diverse backgrounds, perfect the art of interviewing. Registration deadline is Sept. 22.
Remote Interview Feedback Needed (October 16 - 22, 2023)
The NIU Finance Department is looking for finance, accountancy, OMIS, business administration and MBA graduates who are working in business to provide feedback to current students about their interviewing skills. Feedback back is provided via a digital platform after watching students recorded responses to popular interview questions. Find out more or register here by Oct. 6!
Professional Email Conversations with Alumni (Nov. 5 - Nov. 9, 2023)
Help students practice their professional emailing skills while enabling them to network with professionals, like you, who can give them useful advice as they complete their degrees and move into their chosen careers. Volunteers commit to corresponding with students via e-mail during the week of Nov. 4 and will spend 15-30 minutes each night participating. Learn more and register here. If you have any questions, please contact Liz McKee, M.S.Ed., '14, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-7400.
Share your NIU Huskie story! (Ongoing)
Alumni stories are inspirational. They inspire current and prospective students who can see living proof that an NIU education will help them to be successful. Alumni stories also highlight the many things of which we can be proud and bolster the community. Help NIU tell its story by sharing yours. Take 5-10 minutes to record how NIU impacted your life by completing the Huskie Spotlight Profile Survey. Then, use your social media to share a favorite memory of time spent at NIU events, such as Homecoming or Welcome Days. To make sure we see your stories and experiences on social, simply tag NIU and the NIU Alumni Association, or use the hashtag #HuskiePride.
Become a volunteer advocate for NIU! (Ongoing)
Add your voice to the conversation and share NIU's legislative priorities with legislators in your district. Click here to register for our advocacy platform and to become an advocate!
Join the NIUniverse to share your Huskie pride through your social networks! NIU social media ambassadors have first-look access to exciting content, can share and recommend stories on behalf of the NIU Alumni Association and can win Huskie swag by participating in contests and challenges. All you have to do is join, take a few moments each week to share our stories with your networks and participate in our contests! The more you participate, the better your chances at winning awesome NIU swag. Sign up here.
Refer a Huskie (Ongoing)
Remember, you can always use the NIU Alumni Association's online form to refer a student that would make a great Huskie. Students referred this way receive a promotional code, which covers the application cost.
In-Person Volunteer Opportunities >
Alumni Day at the Huskie Food Pantry and Huskie Closet (Aug. 30 and Dec. 14, 2023)
Volunteers will help sort food/clothes, serve students, and keep the pantry and closet in working order by volunteering for shifts throughout the day. Food and clothing donations are also needed. Contact Liz McKee ’14, M.S.Ed. at Lmckee1@niu.edu or 815-753-7400 if interested or for more information. Not able to join alumni day but want to volunteer? Sign up for a different shift at the Huskie Food Pantry or the Huskie Closet.
Student Career Fair Prep Workshop (Sept. 19; 4:30 - 6 p.m.)
Help students practice their networking and communication skills during the “Student Career Fair Prep Workshop” at the Holmes Student Center Regency Room. Register here.
Get involved in esports at NIU! Our fast-growing esports club program needs knowledgeable volunteers to support coaching students, presenting in esports classes and organizing esports tournaments. There are so many opportunities for students, alumni and community members to have fun, play video games and help build our exciting esports program. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Jeannine East or Aline Click at email@example.com.
Communiversity Gardens (Ongoing)
The NIU Communiversity Gardens are part of a community-wide approach to end food insecurity in DeKalb County by providing access to fresh organic vegetables that are locally grown for anyone in need. Volunteers have the opportunity to plant, weed and harvest for this cause while improving their gardening skills. Volunteers are typically needed for shifts a few days per week. Click here and sign up to volunteer for hours that fit your schedule.
Huskie Food Pantry (Ongoing)
The Huskie Food Pantry is an amazing NIU program that serves students who lack access to adequate food sources. The pantry is a nonprofit organization that relies on the support of generous donors, volunteers, interns and University partners to maintain the program. During the summer months, the pantry is in great need of volunteers to fill the roles left vacant by dedicated student volunteers who have gone home for the summer. Alumni volunteers can help by donating food, stocking shelves or serving on a pantry night. Click here and sign up to volunteer.
Still have questions? Contact Liz McKee, senior director of alumni engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-7400.