Volunteer for Career Services
We are recruiting RIT graduates with a positive outlook, who are excited and willing to make a difference. We seek those who are as enthusiastic about RIT as we are! If you are enjoying success in your career and would like to participate in the career development of our current students, we invite you to contact us. We are seeking motivated alumni and friends to make a significant contribution to RIT by volunteering time and talent in the Career Services area. Your time commitment is minimal, but the impact lasts a lifetime. Here are some opportunities for your consideration.
Executive in Residence
This program engages key corporate/business representatives with RIT students and the university community in and around topics of career development and employment. It helps RIT students and graduates gain unique insights and perspectives from professionals in the field and enhances/expands the partnership between RIT and both the executive and the organization the executive represents.
Executives will be invited to spend a day at RIT housed in the Office of Co-op and Career Services. The schedule is flexible depending on interests and other opportunities but a sample schedule might include:
8:30-9:00 – Informal breakfast meet and greet with office staff
9:00-11:30 – Individual student appointments
12:00-1:00 – Executive delivered workshop – topics jointly determined by the executive and us.
1:00-2:00 – Lunch with faculty, staff, selected students and/or Student Ambassadors
Each executive will be hosted by one of our team members.
Professional Network Career Advisor
The RIT Professional Network is a database of volunteer advisors that provides job seekers an excellent networking resource. This database is conveniently located in RIT's Job Zone, the system where students and alumni view all jobs, campus interviews, career-related workshops/seminars and career fair information. By joining the RIT Professional Network, employers and alumni create a brief career profile. Current student and alumni job seekers then request contact with volunteers in their field of interest.
The students and alumni who reach out to you may be interested in any of the following:
- Connecting with professionals in their field
- Conducting an informational interview about your career
- Learning more about your industry or organization
- Learning more about jobs at your organization
- A possible mentoring relationship
- Possible shadowing experiences at your organization
- Possible speaking engagements at their student club or organization on campus
Savvy student and alumni job seekers are always looking for advice, connections and leads. The Professional Network extends your reach on campus. It's an easy, inexpensive and convenient way to develop your connections with additional interested applicants or to make connections with current students in your career field.
Mock Interviewer (In Person or Virtually)
We offer two on site mock interview programs for students each year, utilizing alumni and employer volunteers. Mock interviewers spend a half hour with each student, asking questions and providing feedback. In addition, students and alumni can access InterviewStream, an online video practice interview system, and record practice interviews, which can be reviewed by Career Services staff and volunteer alumni and employers. As a virtual mock interviewer, you’ll be sent a link to view and provide feedback on a recorded practice interview.
Share Your Expertise
Can you offer tips and advice to students and alumni in your career field, or give general job search suggestions? We’re developing a video library on our website to highlight alumni and employer career paths in a wide variety of industries and fields, so students can learn more about the careers they’ve chosen from experts already working in those fields. Join our growing library and give others a glimpse into your professional life.
Interested in speaking to classes, groups, or student organizations on campus about your work, career field, or profession? Please let us know; we will arrange a time and location for you to speak (formally or informally) with our students in every discipline at RIT. We offer programs on specific career fields, as well as job search techniques programs, and also workshops geared for young and experienced alumni professionals. We also have an RIT Alumni Job Club, and would be pleased to have you facilitate a session, on a topic of interest to you.
Career Services staff work closely with knowledgeable alumni who assist in identifying job opportunities for our co-op and graduating students. Do important people in your organization know about RIT's successful programs? Is our staff in contact with the correct "decision making" individuals in your company? Can you assist us in developing partnerships with professionals in your field who can hire our students and alumni? Could you make introductions for our office? Please volunteer as an employment ambassador; to work with a Career Services staff member to assist with co-op and full-time employment needs in your organization.
We’re open to ideas you may have to assist our office in providing programs and services to students and alumni. Just contact us to share your suggestions.
Interested in Volunteering?
It’s easy to get started! Simply call our office at 585.475.2301 and ask to speak to Kris Stehler, Assistant Director for Alumni Relations, or email Kris at email@example.com. She’ll match your interests and availability to our programming needs.
We appreciate your interest in giving back, and look forward to working with you!