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 Profile.
On Campus Volunteer Opportunities >
NIU Cares Day (April 13, 2019)
Save the date! NIU Cares Day (April 13) is a campus-wide day of service that brings NIU students, faculty, staff, friends of NIU and alumni together to thank the community for their support of the institution and its mission. Volunteers can host a project in their own community or volunteer alongside students on campus. Information about how to register will be available in late fall 2018.
Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day (April 17, 2019)
Save the date! NIU’s annual Undergraduate Artistry Day (April 17) delivers a rare opportunity for close to 200 NIU students to showcase their research, putting their presentation skills to the test in a competitive public setting. Evaluating students’ presentation skills is a wonderful opportunity to support NIU students and their research. Click here for more information about the event. Information about how to register will be available in late fall 2018.
Alumni from various public health fields are needed to join students from the School of Health Studies for an evening of round-table discussions. Attendees are asked to speak about their journey since graduation, specifically related to their job search and career experiences. Alumni participants will also enjoy the opportunity to meet with program leadership before the experience. If you are interested in attending, please contact Rebecca Pritchard at email@example.com, or 815-753-1384.
"Helping Huskies" connects accountancy alumni with students for one-on-one conversations about careers, academics, business and start-ups. Set your availability and choose the areas you’d like to mentor in. Then you'll be matched with students looking for assistance in those areas. Matches don't always occur instantaneously, but your participation in the mentoring network will greatly enhance the department's ability to provide accountancy students with strong mentors. Click here to join.
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.
Off Campus Volunteer Opportunities >
University Honors Externship Program (Jan. 7-11, 2019)
Alumni working within 75 miles of campus can apply to host NIU students interested in their professional field. Alumni have the autonomy to curate this week-long experience for students (Jan. 7-11, 2019) with support from the NIU Alumni Association and the University Honors Program. Click here to apply to be a site.
Online Volunteer Opportunities >
College of Business Alumni: Share your Success Story! (December 1, 2018)
We find great pleasure in following the successful careers of so many wonderful COB alumni as they continue to amass personal and professional accomplishments. If you are an alumnus of the college and interested in sharing your story with the next generation of leaders, contact Cass Young at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d like to take this opportunity to shine the light of success on you. Our pride stems from the hope that your time at NIU served you well, preparing you for the challenges you have faced and conquered. Your story may appear in one or more of our communication materials.
University Honors Scholarship Application Review (Feb. 1 - 28, 2018)
Alumni are encouraged to apply to help University Honors staff award merit-based scholarships to deserving NIU students!
The NIU University Honors program is seeking alumni who are tech savvy to help review and score student scholarship applications through our online scholarship platform. This fantastic opportunity provides a unique window into life at NIU and is an excellent way for alumni to learn more about current NIU students. Click here to apply.
The NIU Graduate School Career and Professional Development Portal provides professional development programming through use of educational strategies that engage graduate students in job discovery and diverse career opportunities. Alumni are key in helping students gain insight on what their field is demanding and how the job market is changing. To develop connections with alumni, workshops through the program show graduate students how to use LinkedIn as a networking tool to find alumni who have jobs of interest to them. Graduate students are then encouraged to conduct 15- to 20-minute online interviews with these alumni. Program staff seek alumni who are interested in participating in these interviews. Alumni can sign-up here to participate.
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.
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 email@example.com to have your profile added to the Department of Communication webpage.
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.