Volunteer Opportunities for Parents

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. To join an already existing regional group, simply update your contact information in the online alumni directory and you will automatically receive event and program invitations. 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.


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.



Rice University’s new 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. Sign up today!


Friends of International Students & Scholars

Friends of International Students & Scholars (FISS) is an opportunity for an international students and a local family, or Rice community member who travels to Houston frequently, to meet and become friends during the year. This volunteer position is open to Rice Alumni, parents, friends and staff. For more information on joining FISS, please complete the volunteer application form.


Owl Edge Externships

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. There are two opportunities for you to host a one to five-day Owl Edge Externship.

  • Winter Break — Wednesday, Jan. 3, through Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 (Deadline to register: Friday, Oct. 27, 2017)
  • Spring Break — Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 16, 2016 (Deadline to register: Friday, Jan. 20, 2018)


Owl Edge Internships

Owl Edge Internships, developed in partnerships with the Initiative for Students and the Center for Career Development, are multi-week experiences that seek to provide an undergraduate student with the opportunity to connect academic and extracurricular experiences with professional work and/or research. You would create an opportunity within your organization and serve as a mentor to a student to help him or her grow intellectually, enhance professional knowledge and skills and make a positive impact on your organization or field of research. This is a great option for organizations looking for a fresh perspective on a project and/or looking to build a presence at Rice that can aid future recruiting.

Rice is seeking internship opportunities for the summer of 2016. These experiences typically involve six to twelve weeks of full-time work with compensation appropriate for the position and organization. A part-time internship during 2015/16 academic year or summer of 2016 may also be an option. We recommend posting your internship opportunity at least three-months prior to the intended start date.


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 Diane O'Brien, assistant director of the Rice Annual Fund, at 713-348-3287 or dobrien@rice.edu.


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.