Volunteer Opportunities for Parents

Alumni Regional Group Volunteers

Parents of current Rice students are included their local alumni regional group. Regional group volunteers provide a way for alumni and friends living outside Houston to interact with others in the Rice community and to stay connected. The Association of Rice Alumni, in conjunction with local volunteers, organizes programs and activities for alumni and friends around the nation and internationally. Please find information on all of our alumni groups below. Don’t see your region below or live internationally? Complete the volunteer application form, and a Rice staff member will be in touch with you to discuss how you can get involved.

Domestic Regional Groups:

Austin  Atlanta Bay Area
Boston Chicago Dallas/Fort Worth
Denver Detroit Houston
Los Angeles Madison Nashville
New Orleans New York City Philadelphia
Phoenix Portland San Antonio
Seattle Washington, D.C.  


Internationl Regional Groups:

China India
United Kingdom Netherlands







Rice Athletics is always looking for volunteers to help serve in a variety of ways. Please click on the button below to sign up or for more information.


Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development offers many mentoring opportunities. Please fill out the volunteer application form below to be connected to ways you can volunteer.


Gateway OwlConnect Panelists

Gateway OwlConnect Panelists attend OwlConnect events specific to your industry, at which you speak with a small group of undergraduates about your career journey. Answer questions from the students about your everyday work, industry topics, and the link between academic and career choices. The time commitment is 1-2 hours and lunches are held year-round on campus.

Please click on the button below to sign up or for more information.


Gateway Practica Mentor

Gateway Practica mentors work with a small group of students who are participating in the consulting practicum. Mentors are asked to provide guidance on how to approach the project assignment and help students to develop goals and deliverables to bring back to their clients. Mentors are asked to commit to three meetings, offered throughout the semester, as their schedule allows.

Please click on the button below to sign up or for more information.


Gateway Practica Partner

Gateway Practica Partners serve as a sponsor for the on-site component of one of our professional practica. Our practica are focused in consulting and finance. Practica sponsors provide a structured and meaningful on-site experience that requires demonstrated application of the student’s academic skills.  

Our practica are designed to provide social sciences undergraduates the opportunity to explore what careers look like while receiving the academic support of our faculty through guided research projects that directly correlate with their on-site work. Partners are asked to commit to 10 hours a week for the practica.

The schedule for the practica is listed below:

  • Consulting: fall or spring
  • Finance: year-long

Please click on the button below to sign up or for more information.


International Friends at Rice

International Friends at Rice (IFR) is an opportunity for an international student and a local U.S. friend or family to meet 3 - 4 times during the student's first 6 months at Rice. The local friends and families enjoy getting to know international students by sharing cross-cultural experiences and learning about other countries. The U.S. friends may help international students discover Houston, invite them for a meal, and make the student feel more at home. This program is coordinated by Rice University's Office of International Students & Scholars. This volunteer position is open to Rice alumni, staff, parents, and friends, though preference will be given to Rice alumni and other Rice-affiliated applicants. For more information on joining IFR, please complete the volunteer application form.


Internship Host

The Center for Career Development offers the summer internship program as a way for students to gain important experience and develop professional skills. Please fill out the volunteer application form below to be sign up or learn more.


Moody Center for the Arts Volunteer Greeter

The Moody Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers to participate in the life of a vibrant new arts organization and to contribute valuable visitor services to Rice University. Qualified candidates should possess a love and appreciation of the arts, a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, and an understanding that reliability is critical.

To volunteer at the Moody, candidates must make a one-year commitment and be available for two to four shifts each month.

To sign up for this opportunity, please fill out the form on the Moody Center's website or click below for more information.


Owl Edge Externship Host

Owl Edge Externships, developed in partnerships with the Initiative for Students and the Center for Career Development, are one to five-day job shadowing experiences designed to give undergraduate students a tangible, realistic idea of a day in the life in your career field. The job shadowing experience may include touring your facility, sharing your career path, observing you at staff or client meetings, interviewing other colleagues, and visiting with the human resource professional to understand career opportunities.


Parents Leadership Council

With a gift of $2,500 or more, Rice parents can join the Parents Leadership Council (PLC), which is composed of parents from across the country who are dedicated to participating in a leadership role within the Rice community. Leadership gifts of $2,500 or more to the Annual Fund comprise almost 67 percent of giving, which in turn further amplifies the impact of our leadership donors on our students, faculty and campus.

Parents Leadership Council volunteers contribute in many ways to Rice, strengthening relationships between Rice parents and the university, promoting Rice to friends and fellow parents, and providing strategic direction for the Parent Giving program.

For more information about joining the Parents Leadership Council, contact Kade Smith, Associate Director of Development, Parents and Families, at 713-348-5344 or kadesmith@rice.edu



Rice University’s online professional development platform, Sallyportal, is dedicated exclusively to the Rice community. This tool allows students to connect to the Rice community and the Rice community to connect to each other. Join Sallyportal to volunteer as a mentor or for access to professional development opportunities. 

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