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 >
Join Team NIU for Move-In Day (Aug. 23)
Join the alumni “Team NIU” crew and help us roll out the red and black carpet for our newest members of the Huskie family. Our goal is to show our guests the true heart and spirit of being a Huskie and make their first official day on campus a memorable, stress-free day. Show off your NIU hospitality by assisting students with unloading their belongings, assisting NIU staff in the lobby, being a road guide, and/or sharing your Huskie advice in a quick video. Sign up to volunteer. Questions? Contact Jeanne Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-753-5062.
The Early Literacy Reading Program: Alumni volunteers are needed to guide monthly reading sessions with preschoolers ages 3 – 5. The parents will remain with their child while listening to the story. Ages and themes will change and creativity is encouraged!
The Boys and Books Club: This program is geared specifically for boys in Grades 5 – 8. Male alumni volunteers who enjoy mentoring in a relaxed reading setting are needed to lead reading and discussion sessions.
Please register at the Literacy Clinic Volunteer registration site. If you have questions, please contact the Director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic, Kristine Wilke, at Kwilke1@niu.edu or phone 815-753-8187.
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.
"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.
Online Volunteer Opportunities >
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.