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 >
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NIU Huskies United Ambassador (March 20-21, 2024)
Inspire others to support NIU's important programs by sharing your NIU story with your networks as an ambassador! Volunteers in this role are digital leaders for NIU, sharing messages and creating excitement about the Huskies United leading up to and during the day. All ambassadors will be provided with a training to review the role and resources available to them. Sign up here to be an ambassador for Huskie United!
Huskie Finals Notecard Project (Spring 2024)
Completing final projects. Pulling all-nighters. Worrying over exams. You may remember the stresses of University life like they were yesterday. Now you have the opportunity to bring some positivity to current Huskies during finals week by participating in the Huskie Notecard Project! Type or write a few words of encouragement that will be included in a care package for students studying for finals in Spring 2024. Find out more or register to participate here!
Tech Taco Guest Speaker (Ongoing)
Whether you're an expert in a particular programming language, a master with a flair for data pipelines, or someone with a knack for automating everything, and more – you can share your tech skills with current students! Learn more here
Are you an experienced entrepreneur with a story that could inspire others? You could be featured on the recently launched podcast “Innovation Grounds” podcast with an audience of aspiring founders, established entrepreneurs and students interested in innovation. Learn more here.
Golden Huskies 50+ Year Reunion Ambassador (Spring - Fall 2024)
Register to become an ambassador for the NIU Golden Huskies, which are NIU graduates from 50+ years ago, and help spread the word about the annual Golden Huskie Reunion at Homecoming. Learn more and register here.
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 >
Mock Trial Team Opening Round Championship Tournament (March 8-10, 2024)
See our very talented NIU Mock Trial Team in action at the American Mock Trial Association's Opening Round Championship Tournament (ORCS). They will compete against top teams in the country for the opportunity to advance to the National Championship Tournament. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for one or more rounds. Lawyers, law students and others with experience in a related legal field are eligible. Trial experience is not necessary, and a training will be provided ahead of the event. Sign up here!
College of Business High School Ethics Bowl Case Competition (April 19, 2024)
On Friday, Apr. 19, NIU will host the College of Business High School Ethics Bowl Case Competition at Barsema Hall. This in-person event draws high school teams from around the region to compete to present the best analysis of an ethics-related case study. It is also an excellent opportunity for NIU to showcase the University as students are making decisions about which college or university they will attend in the future. Learn more about the competition, then register here to evaluate teams’ case study presentations. No prior experience is required to volunteer. Most volunteer judges will be needed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 815-753-7400.