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Volunteer opportunities

Gifts to BU take many shapes and forms, and many of our donors also generously give of their time and expertise. The volunteers that keep Boston University thriving are steadfast individuals who believe in the University and work hard to promote it every day. Alumni, students, parents, and friends can be involved with Boston University in a variety of ways.

Alumni

The advancement of Boston University depends, in large part, on coordinated efforts among the Development and Alumni Relations staff, the Boston University Alumni Association, and alumni volunteers. Boston University’s alumni volunteers are a strategic resource of great importance.

Alumni Admissions Volunteers is a network of approximately 2,000 Boston University alumni that connects enthusiastic alums with BU Admissions to support undergraduate recruitment and enrollment efforts.

Global Alumni Ambassadors are alumni who have offered to serve as contacts in their regions for the BU community and can help connect alumni to one another, or reach out to young alumni who have moved to a new city or are simply traveling on vacation. These contacts exist across the globe, enabling BU’s community a wide network of support and encouragement.

Volunteers can also be mentors for the Career Advisory Network, which comprises more than 5,300 alumni advisors worldwide who assist fellow alumni and BU students via peer-to-peer networking, information sharing, mentoring, and more. Users represent a variety of industries and locales, from Tanglewood musicians and L.A. film producers to European engineers and East Asian archaeologists.

Young alumni can join the Recent Graduate Giving Committee and set the example of support for and engagement with the University at the start of their professional careers.

Students

Boston University students are an integral part to our volunteer efforts. Students can join the Student Alumni Association—a student branch of the Boston University Alumni Association—and help students and alumni connect by hosting and supporting a variety of social and professional events throughout the year.

Seniors can participate in the Senior Class Gift Committee, organizing and promoting the success of the Class Gift Campaign. Each year, the graduating class attempts to break previous giving records and set a precedent of giving back for subsequent classes. Students are able to give to specific programs, funds, and services on campus, allowing their gift to serve as a thank you to the people and places that most influenced their time at Boston University.

Student Telefund jobs

The Student Telefund Program employs more than 60 student callers and is one of the highest paying jobs on BU’s campus. Throughout the year, student callers contact more than 80,000 alumni, parents, and friends of the University to update information and to solicit support of BU’s Annual Fund.

Parents

Parents who wish to be more deeply involved on campus are invited to participate in several meaningful ways.

The Parents Leadership Council acts as the advisory and advocacy arm of the Parents Program. The council meets twice a year on campus to represent the parent voice on important issues, advise the Parents Program on its activities and goals, and interact with key administrators..

Parent Ambassadors host events and provide opportunities for students across the globe, enabling BU’s students and alumni to benefit from an extensive support network even when they’re far from campus. For more information on parenting opportunities, visit the Parent website and find out more about the Parents Ambassador Program from the Parents Program website.

Friends

Friends can join students, alumni, and parents for the Global Day of Service, where service-minded participants volunteer (on their own or with groups of family and friends) with BU to organize service sites around the world. The event provides a cohesive and organized global effort to further the ethic of service encouraged and demonstrated by the BU family. It also offers a unique opportunity for current Boston University students to work with alumni—and for alumni to reconnect with their former classmates while giving back to their communities. The tangible impact on each community and the magnitude of volunteerism defines the day.