Volunteer to Make a Difference
Carnegie Mellon volunteers are alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who believe in the university’s mission and advocate for it on campus and around the world. As a CMU volunteer, you’ll be able to share your Tartan pride, enjoy new CMU experiences and connect with old friends — and make new ones!The CMU Alumni Association can help connect potential volunteers with opportunities that fit their skills, interests and schedule and current volunteers to access resources and opportunities
There are as many ways to volunteer for CMU as there are CMU alumni! In fact, Tartans are found across the United States in every region and all around the world — and you can volunteer from wherever you may be. Chances are, there is a time, place and volunteer commitment that matches your interests and schedule — and if there isn't, you might be able to start one!
Why make the time to volunteer? Our current volunteers find volunteering a great way to:
- Stay connected to CMU and share pride in the university
- Become part of a volunteer community and develop friendships and relationships
- Improve the current student experience
- Help the university grow
The first step is to explore some of the options available through the Alumni Association or the colleges, departments or organizations on campus, and then get in touch. It's that simple.
- Regional Networks and International Networks: Alumni groups based on geographic location
- Identity Networks: Alumni groups based on shared affinity or interests
- Student Organization-Based Networks: Alumni groups based on involvement with a student organization
- Reunions: Any group or class year looking to gather at Homecoming or Spring Carnival. The CMU Alumni Association oversees reunion planning for the quinquennial (five-year) reunion cycle at Spring Carnival.
- TartanTalks/Take a Tartan to Work: The CMU Career and Professional Development Center offers programs that provide undergraduate students with valuable exposure to the professional world through job shadowing or virtual informational interviews.
- Job Posting/On-Campus Recruiting: Opportunities to share open positions and/or recruit current students and alumni to your company.
- Professional Development Presenter: On-campus, regional or virtual opportunities to share your professional knowledge with current students or alumni.
- Virtual Programming: Opportunity to volunteer outside the physical site of an organization, project or campaign by working digitally to provide skilled services.
- Athletics: Support, grow and develop the athletics program.
- Parent Engagement: Parents and families of current CMU students can participate in Summer Welcome events, Tartan Talks, Take a Tartan to Work and other programs.
- College/School/Department: A variety of volunteer opportunities exist that support CMU’s colleges, schools and departments. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org around your school, college or department and we can connect you with the volunteer manager in that area.
- Prospective Students/Admissions: Assist the Office of Admission by participating in or coordinating activities for prospective students who are interested in Carnegie Mellon.
Thank you for volunteering your time with Carnegie Mellon University! We want your experience to be fulfilling and fun, and we're happy to provide forms and resources that will help you succeed and get the most out of your role as a volunteer.
- Certain Arrive
- Virtual Event Toolkit
- Event Planning Guide
- Event Ideas
- Regional Network Sample Event Schedule