Volunteer Opportunities for 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 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 Colorado
Dallas/Fort Worth Florida (Central & South) Hawaii
Houston Los Angeles New York
Philadelphia Portland Seattle
Washington, D.C. Wisconsin  



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!


Center for Career Development

Center for Career Development offers may ways for you to be involved through the OWL Career Mentor Network. Please fill out the volunteer application form to learn more.


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 — Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 (Deadline to register: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015)
  • Spring Break — Monday, Feb. 29, through Friday, March 4, 2016 (Deadline to register: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016)


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.


Homecoming & Reunion 2017 Ambassadors

Homecoming & Reunion 2017 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 Dec. 2017 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.



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.


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 Education
Provides feedback to develop lifelong learning opportunities for alumni and university friends.

Alumni Groups
Builds a network of alumni volunteer leadership that creates engaging programs and activities to strengthen the relationship between alumni and the university.

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.

Student Programming & Engagement
Recommends ways to engage current students throughout their time at Rice, modeling the lifelong relationship between Rice alumni and their alma mater and fostering a strong commitment to stay connected.

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

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.


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.

Rice Annual Fund Volunteers

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.


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.