NIU Volunteer Opportunities

Many of the volunteer opportunities to get involved with NIU are featured below. Simply click on each category to learn more about them.

If you'd like to receive information about new volunteer opportunities, and opportunities geared toward your specific interests, please remember to complete your NIU Nexus Volunteer Interest Form.


**All in-person volunteer opportunities are currently suspended, but there are plenty of opportunities to engage virtually. 


Online Volunteer Opportunities >

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    Remote Interview Feedback Needed (Mar. 1 - Mar. 14, 2021)

    The NIU Finance Department is looking for finance, accountancy, OMIS and MBA graduates currently working in business to help current students practice their interview skills. Alumni volunteers will be able to provide feedback, via an online platform, to students on their video responses to commonly asked interview questions. Find out more or register here!

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    BELIEF Ethics Program Week (Mar. 8 - Mar. 12, 2021)

    Meet with the Director of the BELIEF Ethics Program and record your experience navigating ethical situations in the workplace so that students can benefit by learning from your experience during BELIEF Week. These recordings will be provided to faculty to share in their classrooms during BELIEF Week, or through other BELIEF program activities. Spots are limited. Click here to register now.

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    Mock Trial Tream Opening Round Championship Tournament (March 20-21, 2021)

    See our very talented NIU Mock Trial Team in action at the American Mock Trial Association's Opening Round Championship Tournament. They will compete virtually against twenty-four of the 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 of the four trials. 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!

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    Meet the Alumni Mock Networking Opportunities (Various Dates)

    Making Connections Through Conversation (formerly First Impressions Count) (Feb 16 or April 6)

    Help students practice essential networking and conversation skills before they can apply them in the real world and serve as a valuable key to them securing internships, building their networks, and seeking employment after graduation.

    Cohort Conversations 

    Graduates of the University Honors program, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or former residential/community advisors can connect with current students about their shared experiences. A cohort will require about 1.5 hours of volunteer time over the span of a week, which is about 15 minutes per night. 

    Click here to register for one of these two mock networking volunteer opportunities. Contact Liz McKee at or 815-753-7400 with any questions. 

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    LEAD Ethics Case Competition (Apr. 10, 2021) 

    Join us for the Annual LEAD Ethical Case Competition! This event will be hosted by the NIU COB BELIEF Program on Saturday, April 10. The competition will be held virtually, and we are currently looking for volunteer judges. More information about the event can be found on here.  If you are interested, please submit your name, job title, company name, graduation year, major, phone number, and e-mail to Tera Lima ( by the March 1 application deadline.

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    Huskie Postcard Project (Spring 2021)

    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 Postcard Project! Find out more or register to participate here!

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    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.

    NIU Social Media Accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

    NIU Alumni Association Social Media Accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

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    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!

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    NIUniverse: A Social Media Ambassador Program (Ongoing)

    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.

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    Department of Communication Alumni: Share your Success Story! (Ongoing)

    The Department of Communication, which includes Communication Studies and Journalism, seeks to celebrate their graduates' career accomplishments by featuring their success stories online. If you are an alumnus of the program who is interested in sharing their story, contact Laura Vazquez at to have your profile added to the Department of Communication webpage.

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    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.