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Volunteer opportunities

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Our volunteer community

  • 1600+ volunteers
  • 46,000+ volunteer hours
  • 80 programs and activities supported
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Volunteer opportunities

Lend a helping hand by becoming a volunteer
Share your skills and experience with the University community by volunteering to support our students, graduates and staff.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering opportunites provide you with many benefits.

  • You can make a real difference.
  • It looks great on your resume.
  • It provides you with a chance to upskill.
  • It makes you happier – it’s good for the mind and body.
  • It provides a chance to build your professional and personal network.

For more information on why you should become a volunteer, read our article on the 7 surprising benefits of volunteering, including why it's good for your health and wellbeing.
 

Why I volunteer

Dr Toby Heap
Dr Toby Heap, Alumni Council President
"Finding a cause that’s close to your heart, and giving your time and skills to help, is a really rewarding experience. So, it’s an honour to give back to the University community that does so much for so many."
Express your interest

Volunteering roles

We are looking for alumni who have been working in the Engineering Industry for at least three years to support student project teams of 4-5 students from across all disciplines of Engineering.  Each project team is tasked with creating practical solutions to real engineering problems that have been submitted by industry partners.

You will contribute to the student experience and improve students employability outcomes.

Location

Online

Time commitment

2 hours per week (minimum), between 22 June and 31 July.

Volunteer responsibilities

What you can expect as a supervisor:

  • Meet with your project team for 2 hours per week over the 6 weeks.
  • Supervise their project and provide guidance as they prepare it for presentation to the client
  • Teach our students how to engage with stakeholders in a professional environment

To find out more and express your interest, complete our expression of interest form.

We're looking for alumni who are currently overseas and have graduated in the past five years to assist University staff at international recruitment events by sharing their experiences to potential future students.

You will be supporting our University community by recruiting the most talented students from diverse backgrounds into our broad set of faculties and schools.

Locations

Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Vietnam.

Time commitment

A few hours throughout the year attending evening events.

Volunteer responsibilities

As an ambassador, you could be asked to:

  • give a speech or sit on a panel to talk about your experiences as a student
  • help promote the University to prospective students
  • offer informal and practical advice to prospective students about University programs, studying in Australia, life in Sydney and transition to employment
  • refer prospective students to appropriate contacts
  • advocate on behalf of the University and promote student and alumni engagement.

To find out more and express your interest, complete our expression of interest form.

We're looking for alumni who have graduated in the past seven years from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and can assist University staff at recruitment events by sharing their experiences to potential future students.

You will be supporting our University community by recruiting the most talented students from diverse backgrounds into our broad set of faculties and schools.

Locations

Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney.

Time commitment

A few hours throughout the year attending evening events and our Open Day.

Volunteer responsibilities

As an ambassador, you could be asked to:

  • give a speech or sit on a panel to talk about your experiences as a student
  • help promote the University to prospective students
  • offer informal and practical advice to prospective students about University programs, life in Sydney and transition to employment
  • refer prospective students to appropriate contacts
  • advocate on behalf of the University and promote student and alumni engagement.

To find out more and express your interest, complete our expression of interest form.

We are looking for alumni who currently hold executive positions and can help support female University staff to accelerate into leadership positions. If you have previous mentor experience, we encourage you to become part of the Sydney Women’s Mentor Program.

You will contribute to the staff experience and improve your colleagues' leadership skills while developing your coaching skills.

Location

Sydney

Time commitment

Fourteen hours over ten months, between February and December.

Volunteer responsibilities

What you can expect as a mentor:

  • Your commitment will include one-hour monthly meetings, induction briefings and a graduation ceremony.
  • The program is delivered through a number of modes, including assessments, coaching, career seminars and self-directed learning.

To find out more and express your interest, complete our expression of interest form.

We are looking for alumni to mentor high achieving students from the University of Sydney. These students are Dalyell scholars, who require an ATAR of 98+ to be eligible for the program. The Dalyell stream encourages cross disciplinary learning and enables students to cultivate professional expertise and leadership skills. Many of the Dalyell students will become part of a worldwide network of leaders, joining the ranks of our most distinguished alumni.

You will benefit by gaining mentoring experience. Mentoring is an enriching and rewarding experience that will provide you with the opportunity for growth and development, enjoy the experience and be ready for the unexpected.

Location

The group mentoring sessions would ideally take place at your place of work. If this is not possible, there will also be an online mentoring platform.

Time commitment

Three sessions of 1-2 hours each from September – November 2020.

Volunteer responsibilities

What you can expect as a mentor:

  • You will be allocated a group of up to 5 students who we hope will meet you face to face within your workplace, or if necessary, via an online platform
  • Your commitment will include three sessions, each session will focus on a different employability skill. You will be provided with session guidelines and resources
  • You will be encouraged to share experiences from your career and provide guidance to the students as they transition from University to the workplace

To find out more and express your interest, complete our expression of interest form.