Volunteer Opportunities for Undergraduate Alumni

Alumni Affinity Group Volunteers

Alumni affinity group volunteers are largely formed on the basis of shared professional pursuits, cultural identification, leisure activities and other common interests. Please find information on all of our alumni groups below. To learn more about affinity volunteer leadership, please complete the volunteer application form.

Alumni Recognition Committee

The Alumni Recognition Committee (ARC) is comprised of a dedicated group of alumni who work to recognize the individual achievements of Rice alumni by sending hand-written notes and emails of congratulation to celebrate important milestones and accomplishments. Since the committee’s creation, the members of ARC have sent out more than 11,000 of these personal notes, which is a reflection of how generous the ARC volunteers are with their time, and of the mark our talented alumni are making throughout our world.

Each month the chair of the committee assigns each ARC member 1-3 letters to write and send. Each member is asked to send and complete the letters by the 15th of the month. A link to an article is provided regarding the achievement, then each member drafts a personalized note on Rice Alumni stationery which is provided, congratulating the individual on behalf of the Alumni Recognition Committee.

If you are interested in volunteering for the committee, please click on the button below and fill out the form.


Alumni Regional Group Volunteers

Alumni 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.

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


Annual Giving

Rice Annual Fund Volunteers are ambassadors for the university, making important connections and encouraging classmates and peers to participate in the university’s tradition of giving back.

Because alumni share a common Rice experience with their classmates, alumni volunteers are in a unique position to be facilitators between their university and their classmates to advocate for support of the Rice Annual Fund.

Volunteer positions within the Annual Fund provide several great ways to stay in touch with your classmates and peers while making a positive impact on the current student experience at Rice. Please fill out the volunteer application form linked below to learn more about this opportunity.


Association of Rice Alumni Board of Directors

The Association of Rice Alumni is governed by a 28-member alumni board, which oversees its operations and programs and serves in an advisory capacity to the Alumni Relations staff. All Rice alumni are eligible to self-nominate and be selected to serve on the alumni board, with preference for those who exhibit prior involvement at Rice, e.g. attending Rice events and functions, participating in their regional or affinity group, volunteering in other capacities at Rice, etc. Board members serve a three-year term and must be committed to dedicating the time and energy necessary to make the ARA a success. Duties include attending triannual board meetings, serving on ARA committees, contributing to the Rice Annual Fund and providing overall support for ARA programs and activities.

Members of the ARA Board serve on one or more of the following committees and task forces as appointed by the president of the ARA Board:

Alumni Recognition
Recognizes and acknowledges achievements of alumni, faculty, students, staff and university friends.

Executive Committee
Attends to routine daily business functions and such other matters that need attention between regularly scheduled board meetings. Chaired by the ARA president, the other members are the past president, president-elect and three members of the board.

Homecoming & Reunion
Assists with the annual creation and implementation of one of Rice’s flagship engagement experiences for alumni and their families.

Identifies, solicits and recommends nominations for the Laureates Awards, Rice’s highest honors.


  • ARA Board Nominations — Identifies, recruits and recommends candidates for the ARA Board.
  • Alumni Trustee Nominations — Identifies and recommends candidates for Alumni Trustee to Rice’s Board of Trustees.

Applications are made in writing to the nominations committee. Visit the alumni website for the complete instructions.


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 ways you can get involved from mentoring students to hosting a summer internship:. Click below to sign up or to learn more.


Gateway OwlConnect Mentor

Gateway OwlConnect Mentors attend lunchtime chats with a small group of undergraduates related to 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 from 12-1 pm on campus.

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


Gateway Practica Mentor

Gateway Practica mentors an individual student or small group of students who are participating in one of our professional practica. Our practica are focused in consulting, health, law, and finance. Mentors are assigned to an individual student or small group of students to provide guidance on how to succeed in their off-campus component of the program.  Mentors are asked to commit to three one-hour meetings, offered year-long, 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, health, law, 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 8-10 hours a week for the practica.

The schedule for the practica is listed below:

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

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



Homecoming & Reunion 2019 Ambassadors

Homecoming & Reunion 2019 ambassadors are comprised of alumni who are excited to reconnect with the university as well as their classmates. Ambassadors play an important role during Homecoming & Reunion by reaching out to fellow alumni to raise awareness, share plans, obtain feedback, participate in planning calls and encourage strong participation at all Homecoming & Reunion events. The length of the volunteer term will be April through December 2019 and the anticipated time commitment is two to four hours per month. The tasks of ambassador volunteers will adjust depending on the time frame they join since the needs will shift as the weekend approaches. 

Please click the button below, select Homecoming & Reunion Ambassador and complete the form, and our volunteer team will follow up with 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.


Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admissions

Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admissions support the recruitment process, public relations goals and selection process of Rice University.

  • Alumni interviewer — Provides an opportunity for prospective students in your area to have an off-campus interview and conversation with a Rice alumnae/us. Rice alumni volunteers conduct interviews from September to mid-January with concentrated efforts in the late fall and early winter. 
  • Representing Rice at college fairs — Promote Rice University at local college fairs for prospective students upon request by the Admission Office. Requests are on an as-needed basis.
  • Contact with prospective students — Serve as a contact and resource for students you have interviewed and encourage admitted students in your area to attend.
  • Helping with local admission gatherings for prospective students — Participate in admission programs for prospective students in your area on an as-needed basis.

If you are interested in volunteering for RAVA, please complete the application form or click below to learn more.



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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