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Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

Alumni Engaged!

You’ve experienced firsthand—or through your child, family, or friends—the distinctive, transformative nature of a UChicago education. Help others experience the same by joining 11,000 fellow UChicago volunteers to share your skill, knowledge, and experience. 

Regularly volunteering just a few hours of your time provides valuable support to the community, your peers, future students, and the ongoing vitality of the University. Explore the many ways you can contribute based on your passions and availability.

Opportunities are sorted by the focus of their impact. Click the links below to see what is available.  

Class or Division

   University at Large

 External Community


Get involved with your Class or Division
Volunteering with your academic area offers excellent networking opportunities with alumni, faculty, and staff at the University, and often leads to volunteer leadership opportunities.

Chicago Booth School of Business

Connect with prospective and current Chicago Booth students, in addition to fellow alumni, via a wealth of opportunities, including supporting admissions efforts, speaking at the Alumni Breakfast Series, and sharing your knowledge at Roundtables. More information can be found at the Chicago Booth alumni volunteering page.

Division of the Physical Sciences

Stay connected with the PSD community by keeping up with the research being done on campus and by alumni around the world. Please see the PSD website for more information.

Divinity School

Give back to the Divinity School by joining one of the alumni committees, serving as an interlocutor at a dissertation committee, mentoring a new class of religion scholars, and through a variety of other volunteer opportunities. Please visit the Alumni and Friends page for more information.

Harris School of Public Policy

The knowledge and experiences of Harris graduates are invaluable to prospective, current and fellow alumni alike. Hosting an intern or extern, becoming a Harris Mentor, and participating in an Alumni Focus Group are just a few of many ways to contribute to the Harris community. For more information, fill out the volunteer registration page on this page, or email harrisalumni@uchicago.edu.

Laboratory Schools

Lab alumni can enrich the Lab community by remaining connected, whether it be attending Alumni on the Road events, writing Class Notes for LabLife, and working with the Lab Alumni Association. For more information, please visit the Lab Alumni page or email alumni@ucls.uchicago.edu.

Law School

Law School alumni are an invaluable resource for the Law School community. Law School alumni can engage with students by volunteering with one of the Law School’s mentoring programs, serving as a Moot Court judge, or recruiting students through the Alumni Admissions Network. To engage with their peers, alumni can join a regional or Reunion year committee, host an event for the Law School, or serve as a fundraising liaison. For more information and information on how to get started, please visit the Law School’s website.

Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities

The tightknit MAPH community welcomes any and all alumni who want to give back, whether it be by speaking on a panel, mentoring current students, or making a donation. Please visit the MAPH alumni website for more information.

Medical & Biological Sciences

The Medical & Biological Sciences Alumni Association (MBSAA) provides many avenues of involvement, ranging from the Alumni Council, to the Life Sciences Alumni Group, to student mentoring. For more information, please explore the MBSAA alumni website or email alumni@bsd.uchicago.edu.

Reunion

Planning and promoting your Class Reunion during Alumni Weekend as a member of the Reunion Committee is an excellent way to give back to the University and your Class and to strengthen fellow alumni’s bond with UChicago. Please visit the Alumni Association website for more information, or contact reunion@uchicago.edu.

School of Social Service Administration (SSA)

The Alumni Association at the SSA highly values how its alumni can shape its community, and welcomes engagement in a wide variety of ways. For more information on how to get involved with the Alumni Association, please contact Yelene Modley at ymodley@uchicago.edu or 773.702.1431, or visit the SSA website.

Social Sciences Division

Keep up to date with news from the SSD, and see how to get involved on the SSD websiteor follow us on social media. Opportunities for alumni involvement include speaking on a panel or mentoring current students, being a digital ambassador, or making a gift. Learn more and contact us on our website.

The College 

Alumni School Committee
Introduce the College to prospective students by conducting Admissions interviews, tabling at local college fairs, and supporting other College Admissions events. For more information on how to get involved with the ASC and to become an ASC volunteer, please fill out the registration form found on this page
 
Class Councils
Each College class’ Class Council seeks to strengthen the social, intellectual, professional, and philanthropic bonds between their classmates and the University. Council members organize fundraising initiatives, recruit volunteers for the Metcalf Internship program, coordinate social events during Alumni Weekend, and drive many other efforts to continue Class bonding beyond the College. More information on how to join your Class Council can be found on the alumni community website, or get in touch by emailing Class_Council@UChicago.edu.

First Generation Alumni Mentoring Program
As one of the first in your family to attend a four-year institution, your mentorship would be invaluable in helping a current first-generation College student navigate the academic, pre-professional, and social aspects of UChicago. The application process to be a Mentor is during autumn, but the Center for College Student Success can be reached throughout the year at ccss@uchicago.edu for questions, and more information can be found on the CCSS website

The University of Chicago Magazine Class Correspondents

From time to time, the Magazine asks for members of certain classes to serve as the Class Correspondent for their year. The Class Correspondent gathers news from their classmates and writes four columns a year in the Alumni News section. See what classes for which the Magazine is currently searching for Class Correspondents on the Class Correspondents page

Neighborhood Schools Program

Alumni who were involved with NSP during their time at UChicago are invited to share their experiences and mentor current University students who are part of the NSP program. Please visit the NSP website for more information on how to get involved.

Parents and Families
As a parent or significant family member of a student in the College, many opportunities to be involved with the University are open, from helping students strengthen their interview skills, to engaging with parents of prospective students, to serving as an ambassador of the parent community to fellow parents. Please explore the Parents and Families page for more information on how to get involved.
 

University at Large
Regardless of your class or division affiliation, opportunities to engage with the broader UChicago community abound. 

Affinity Groups

One of the University community’s strengths is its diversity and its Alumni Affinity Groups seek to magnify this vitality by providing ongoing networking and professional advancement for its members. For a complete directory and information on how to be involved, please explore the Affinity Groups page.

Career Advancement

Opportunities to guide UChicago students in their professional development and to interact with potential new hires range from hiring Metcalf interns, to hosting a Trek, to running an on-campus workshop. For more information on how to get involved with Career Advancement, please visit the volunteer opportunities page or email Clare Nowogrocki, Associate Director of External Relations, at cnowogrocki@uchicago.edu.

Regional Clubs

UChicago alumni are all over the country and the globe, as are regional UChicago Alumni Clubs. For a complete directory and information on how to get involved with the closest club, please visit the regional Alumni Clubs page.

Social Media Ambassador Program

Harness the power of ideas within your social networks by joining the social media ambassador program. You will be supplied with compelling content that you can share with your networks. More information can be found on the Alumni Association website, or contact Yani Mason, Assistant Director Digital Communications, at yanimason@uchicago.edu.

 


Make a Difference in the Community
Learn about some of the volunteer and service programs that enhance the health, skills, and well-being of all our neighbors.

Chicago Peace Corps

Using the principles of Restorative Justice to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, the Chicago Peace Corps is a non-profit founded by a cohort of students at the Institute of Politics in the summer of 2015. Visit the CPC website for opportunities to engage in its pilot phase.  

Office of Civic Engagement

The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement combines the University’s place as a community anchor and leading research center to create positive change in Chicago and beyond. Choose from over 30 partner organizations to volunteer with, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Economic Awareness Council, and the K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center. A directory of Civic Engagement opportunities can be found on the Office of Civic Engagement website.

Oriental Institute

Further the mission of the Oriental Institute and create memorable experiences for visitors by volunteering as a Docent, Public Program Volunteer, Research Archives Volunteer, or a Gift Shop Volunteer. Details and the applications for the different volunteer positions can be found on the OI website

The University of Chicago Medicine

The University of Chicago Medicine has extensive volunteer opportunities for people of all interests, including providing support for adult inpatients, cuddling babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, and helping the Emergency Department staff in preparing patient rooms and stocking supplies. For more information please explore the possibilities on the website, where there is also a volunteer application form to begin the process of joining the UC Hospitals volunteer community.

University Community Service Center

The UCSC conducts one-on-one conversations with prospective volunteers to match their interests and skills with over 250 community organizations throughout Chicago. To begin the process of Service Match, please fill out the Volunteer Referral Form.

 


Can’t seem to find what you are looking for? Submit a general volunteer interest form at the Alumni Association website or email us at alumnivolunteer@uchicago.edu and we will be in touch.