NIU Volunteer Opportunities
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.
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.
Contact Liz McKee, M.S.Ed '14 at Lmckee1@niu.edu or 815-753-7400 with any questions.
Online/Remote Volunteer Opportunities >
Remote Interview Feedback Needed (September 12-18, 2022)
The NIU Finance Department is looking for finance, accountancy, OMIS, business administration and MBA graduates who are working in business to provide resume feedback to curent students via email. Find out more or register here!
Professional Email Conversations with Alumni (Oct. 30 - Nov. 4, 2022)
Help students practice their professional emailing skills while enabling them to network with professionals, like you, who can give them useful advice as they complete their degrees and move into their chosen careers. Volunteers commit to corresponding with students via e-mail during the week of Oct. 30 and will spend 15-30 minutes each night participating. Learn more and register here. If you have any questions, please contact Liz McKee, M.S.Ed., '14, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-7400.
University Honors Job Shadow Program (Spring 2023)
All alumni are invited to host a current University Honors student for a virtual or in-person job shadow experience in spring 2023. Find out more about the role of a host or click here to check out a sample itinerary. Register here by Oct. 15. Contact Liz McKee, M.S.Ed '14 at Lmckee1@niu.edu or 815-753-7400 with any questions.
We are looking for volunteers who share a similar background with first-generation or underrepresented students. These volunteers will help students build skills necessary to land their first jobs. Learn about these meaningful opportunities to impact a current Huskies' career path here. If you have any questions, please contact Liz McKee, M.S.Ed., '14, at email@example.com or 815-753-7400.
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 >
First Impressions Networking Night (October 5, 2022)
Join students on campus in a mock networking setting to help them practice communication and interview skills during the First Impressions Networking Night on Oct. 5 from 6-7pm CT. Register here . Contact Liz McKee at Lmckee1@niu.edu or 815-753-7400 with any questions.
University Honors Job Shadow Program (Spring 2023)
All alumni are invited to host a current University Honors student for a virtual or in-person job shadow experience in spring 2023. Find out more about the role of a host or click here to check out a sample itinerary. Register hereby Oct. 15. Contact Liz McKee, M.S.Ed '14 at Lmckee1@niu.edu or 815-753-7400 with any questions.
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.