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.


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


Online Volunteer Opportunities >

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    NIU Jobs PLUS First Impressions Count Workshop (Sept. 29 , 2020)

    Now, more than ever, learning how to make virtual connections is important for NIU students. Help current students practice their virtual communication and interpersonal skills through the virtual First Impressions Count Workshops and prepare the next generation of Huskies for greater success upon graduation. Register here for the session on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6-7 p.m. CT. Contact Liz McKee at or 815-753-7400 with any questions.

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    NIU Jobs PLUS "Meet the Alumni" Cohorts (October 2020)

    Do you remember what it was like when you were a student at NIU? Did you wish you could have connected with others who had once been in your shoes? If you were either a graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, an honors student, or have served in a public service leadership position, you can play that role for a current NIU student. Learn more and register here. Contact Liz McKee at or 815-753-7400 with any questions.

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    Student Recruitment and Retention Opportunities (Fall 2020)

    We’ve teamed up with the Office of Undergraduate admissions to offer activities for volunteers, such as being a conversation starter during an upcoming Admissions Virtual Open House chatroom in October, November and December, or being a caller for the Huskie Pride Student Recruitment Phone Drive on Nov. 17. You can also support current Huskies by writing our newest students letters of support that they will receive during their first semester or sending encouraging notes to students during finals. Learn more or apply here. If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Baxter ’96, at or 815-753-5062. 

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    University Honors Externship Program (Spring 2021)

    Each year, the NIU University Honors Program seeks to provide its students with the opportunity to earn Honors credits as they explore career paths through an unpaid job shadow opportunity called the Honors Externship program. Consider being a virtual or on-site host one of these students. Host sites have flexibility in choosing what the job shadow looks like and can choose from a variety of time frames during the spring semester. Learn more or register 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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    Graduate Career and Professional Development Connections (Ongoing)

    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.

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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.