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VOLUNTEER

Interested in Volunteering?

Make a difference on campus or closer to home. There are tons of ways you can get involved as a Tufts alum.

Connect Jumbos Near You

  • Join a Shared Interest Group

    Alumni Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are domestic and international communities of alumni with a common affinity based on experience, identity and background, affiliation, profession, or interests. SIGs are a tangible way for you to engage in the life of the university and other alumni. 

    SIGs are not geographically bound. No matter where you live, in the United States or beyond, we encourage you to get involved with a group that matches your interests.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per event (plus event attendance)

    Travel: Event planning and outreach can be done remotely

    Learn More about Shared Interest Groups

  • Join a Regional Chapter

    Looking for alumni in Atlanta? New friends in France? Connections in California? 

    Tufts alumni are coming together and staying involved in the life of the university through local alumni chapters worldwide. From socials and faculty speakers to community service projects and cultural outings, regional alumni chapters provide many opportunities to reconnect with Tufts and meet other alumni.

    Time commitment: 1-2 hours per event (plus event attendance)

    Travel: Event planning can be done remotely

    Learn More about Regional Chapters

  • Reunion Committee - Share your passion for Tufts!

    Whether you walked across the commencement stage five or 35 years ago, reunions are a chance to remember the person you were on your first day at Tufts, relive old memories with friends and professors, and reflect on how your Tufts experience challenged you in ways you never thought possible.

    As a member of the reunion committee, you will reach out to friends and contacts, encouraging them to re-engage with Tufts, make plans to return to campus for the reunion celebration, and give back to the university in honor of the milestone.

    Time commitment: 1 hour per month (during reunion year)

    Travel: Participate remotely, or in person on the Medford campus

    Volunteer for your reunion today! Contact Alice at alice.shah@tufts.edu or 617-627-4682.

  • Help Interview the Next Generation of Jumbos (TAN)

    Tufts alumni are an important part of the admissions process and help the Admissions Office by conducting interviews with prospective students across the world. TAN members can sign up for a designated amount of interviews and conduct interviews virtually on their own schedule.

    Time commitment: 1-2 hours per interview

    Travel: Interviews can be done virtually (with Skype, Zoom, etc.)  

    Sign up for TAN

  • Become a PASSPORT Mentor for International Students (Boston area only)

    PASSPORT Mentors connect with an incoming Jumbo from another country to help make them feel at home in the United States and, more importantly, in the Tufts community. 

    This opportunity is for those local to the Medford campus only.

    Learn More about PASSPORT Mentors

Career Volunteer Opportunities

  • Offer Career Advice, Network and Mentor in The Herd!

    Tufts' top networking resources include The Herd, a high touch networking and mentoring platform for alumni and students in Arts & Sciences, Engineering and SMFA. The Herd is a one-stop shop for career volunteers. Alumni check off "help areas" that users can search through and filter. Some of the options:

    • offer career and industry advice
    • job search tips
    • how to choose a major
    • first year on the job 
    • resume critique
    • portfolio review
    • conduct a practice interview: general, case, finance, technical
    • graduate school advice and CV critique
    • offer a job shadow
    • post a project for a student
    • networking referrals

    Alumni and students connect on the platform or take their conversation outside of the The Herd. Additionally, users have the option to share their schedule in The Herd.

    The list of all networking communities is available alongside resources for navigating the networking process. We also offer LinkedIn groupsdiverse communities, professional affinity groups, Tufts professional and graduate school networks, and domestic and international chapters. Think of The Herd as a higher touch version of LinkedIn exclusively for Tufts alumni and students.

    Contact: Feel free to contact Nicole M. Anderson in Alumni Career Services at nicole.anderson@tufts.edu.

    Join The Herd Now!

  • Join the Tufts University Career Network on LinkedIn

    Join Tufts' largest LinkedIn group – the Tufts University Career Network!

    Exclusively for Tufts students, alumni, faculty, and staff, this LinkedIn group of more than 21,000 members from all of Tufts' schools is a space to share career advice, network, and learn about job opportunities and career events across all industries and geographic locations.

    Contact: Nicole M. Anderson in Alumni Career Services at nicole.anderson@tufts.edu.

    Join the LinkedIn Group

  • Jumbos 4 Jumbos: Offer a Virtual Project to a Student

    Jumbos 4 Jumbos is a program connecting undergraduate students to short term, experiential projects hosted by alumni. In minutes, alumni can create virtual projects to help students launch their careers. If you are new to the program, you can learn about posting projects on the J4J website, hosted in our mentoring platform, The Herd. Not sure what you could offer or post?  Examples include market research for your industry or a social media plan. View sample projects on the website for inspiration. For questions, go to the FAQs page.

    Contact: Willa Mayo, Employer Relations at the Tufts Career Center, at willa.mayo@tufts.edu.

  • Alumni Professional Development Fund Team: Read applications and help select recipients

    Interested in helping grow the careers of fellow alumni and students? Consider volunteering to select recipients from the application pool or give to support the funds. To date, funds have been generously provided by the Tufts University Alumni Association, but we can always use additional support.

    • Alumni Professional Development Fund: Support doesn't end when a Jumbo graduates! Tufts offers grants to alumni from all Tufts' schools to develop in their careers: professional organization membership, certifications, workshops and training, conference registration and travel, and other activities.  Alumni volunteers participate in reading applications and selecting recipients for the Alumni Fund. This volunteer opportunity requires little time and is really like a spring group or task force. You will commit about 7-10 hours in January - February. Read profiles of past recipients and view the timeline and deadlines to determine if this is the volunteer opportunity for you. 
    • Student Professional Development Fund: Tufts provides funds to help undergraduate students from Arts & Sciences, Engineering and the SMFA purchase work attire and attend student conference. The Tufts Career Center promotes the opportunities and awards grants each month!

    Contact: If you are interested in being a member of the selection committee or giving to one of the funds, contact Nicole M. Anderson in Alumni Career Services at nicole.anderson@tufts.edu.

     

  • Participate in an Industry Networking Night, Speak on a Career Panel or in a Class

    Industry Networking Nights and Panels are an opportunity for Tufts students and alumni to:

    • Explore different career paths
    • Learn about new industries, organizations, emerging trends and roles
    • Connect with industry professionals
    • Strengthen and build confidence in communication and networking skills

     

    To get a better look at upcoming events for students, check the Career Center calendar. Events for alumni are listed on the Alumni and Friends calendar.

    Want to get involved with an upcoming industry event, panel or class? For student events, contact Sue Atkins, Associate Director of Employer Relations in the Tufts Career Center at susan.atkins@tufts.edu

    For alumni industry events, contact Nicole M. Anderson in Alumni Career Services at  nicole.anderson@tufts.edu

     

  • Offer Expertise as a Speaker in the Professional Development Series

    Do you have great advice on how to succeed professionally? Share your wisdom and expertise with fellow Jumbos through the Professional Development Series, job search and career development webinars for alumni of all Tufts' schools. For a sample of past speakers and topics, please visit the Professional Development Series page.

    Contact: Nicole M. Anderson in Alumni Career Services at nicole.anderson@tufts.edu.

  • Offer Expertise as a Professional In Residence

    The Professional In Residence Program in the Tufts Career Center is a chance for alumni to meet with students in 1-1 and group settings. Student explore career fields, industries and roles. Alumni set up residence virtually or in person and meet with students across the day.

    Contact: Malakia Silcott, Assistant Director in the Career Center at malakia.silcott@tufts.edu

  • Hire a Jumbo

    Reach thousands of students and alumni for your open job or internship. The Career Center uses the Handshake platform to post opportunities. Learn how you can hire a Jumbo here:

     

    Contact: Sue Atkins in Employer Relations at the Tufts Career Center at susan.atkins@tufts.edu.

     

     

  • Sponsor an Unpaid Intern

    Most Tufts students participate in internships, and internships often lead to job offers.  Because some internships are unpaid, the Tufts Career Center offers approximately 60 $5000 grants each summer to undergraduate students who find unpaid summer internships across a range of sectors. This is one of the Career Center's signature programs, with the amazing support of Tufts alumni and friends. Check out the Career Center Summer Internship Grant Program!

    Contact: Donna Esposito, Executive Director of the Tufts Career Center at donna.esposito@tufts.edu.

     

     

Not a Lot of Time? Try These Out!

  • Join the Alumni Directory

    Search for fellow Jumbos by region or industry with our directory tool, update your contact info and email preferences, join in the Tufts Alumni Virtual Book Club, utilize library databases (including JSTOR and Ovid MEDLINE), and much more!

    Join the Alumni Directory

  • Be a Social Media Ambassador

    Share, post, comment, like, tweet, follow… all on your time, on your channels! Help get your class excited for an upcoming reunion, or keep the conversation and dialogue going until the next one. Support and suggested content will be provided.

    Commitment Level: 20 minutes per month

    Interested? Contact us today to get started today!

  • Be a #Giving Tuesday Volunteer

    Join the global herd for 24 hours of giving! Make a gift to Tufts on 12.03.19, sign up to be a #GTvolunteer at givingdays.tufts.edu and tag #TuftsGivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on social media to spread the word.

    Interested? Contact the Tufts Fund today!

  • Update Jumbos with a Class Note

    Class notes are short features in the Tufts Magazine where alumni share exciting news on recent personal or career-oriented accomplishments.

    Stay engaged, submit a class note today!

  • Send a Welcome Note to First Year Students

    Tufts’ newest Jumbos matriculate each fall, we invite you to share celebrations of Tufts, words of advice, and memories from alumni. What better way to do that than by sending a note to an incoming student? We will display your notes in the first-year dorms for students to see as they move into their new home. Traditions like matriculation help to make Tufts a wonderful community to live, learn, grow, and serve.

    Send a Note

  • Nominate someone special for an Alumni Award

    Since 1941, the Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA) has honored accomplished individuals for service to their profession, communities, and to Tufts. Alumni and friends of Tufts may be considered for an Alumni Award.

    Submit a nomination

  • Know an awesome Tufts senior? Nominate them for a Senior Award

    Each year since 1955, the Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA) has recognized six to 12 members of the Senior Class for their academic achievement, campus and community participation, and outstanding leadership.

    Submit a nomination

  • Offer expe

Make a Big Impact

  • Tufts Fund Volunteer

    Peer-to-peer outreach is instrumental in the growing support and alumni participation at Tufts. Become a Tufts Fund volunteer and inspire your classmates to join you–you’ll play an integral role in the success of our fundraising efforts.

    Time commitment: 1 hour per month

    Travel: Outreach can be done from the comfort of your own home!

    Contact Alice Shah to learn more at alice.shah@tufts.edu or at 617-627-4682.

  • Young Friends of Tufts Advancement

    The mission of Young Friends of Tufts Advancement is to encourage and strengthen young alumni engagement, philanthropy, and connection to the university.

    Tufts Young Friends of Tufts Advancement (YFTA)

    Upcoming YFTA events

  • Join an Alumni Association Committee

    Channel your passions for Tufts! Join a committee on the Tufts University Alumni Association to share your views on issues that impact the student and alumni community.

    Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week

    Travel: Participate remotely or in person on the Medford campus.

    Learn More about committees

  • Run for a seat on the Alumni Council

    Make a lasting impact on Tufts by serving on the Alumni Council, the governing body of the Tufts University Alumni Association. Join the current members who represent the 110,000+ Tufts alumni worldwide. Council terms are for five years.

    Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week

    Travel: Participate remotely or in person on the Medford campus.

    Learn about the Alumni Council

Still not sure what you'd like to do? Fill out our volunteer interest form!

Become a Volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight

Janice Savin Williams, J79

Janice Savin Williams, J79, an equity owner and managing director of the financial services firm Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC, has brought an irrepressible enthusiasm for the university’s progress to the Board of Trustees and the Campaign Cabinet Executive Committee. As a member of the Athletics Board of Advisors, she also has been a champion of sweeping improvements across Tufts Athletics, including the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center and more recently, the Strength & Conditioning Coaching Development Program.

 

Leslie Puth

When Leslie Puth enrolled in Fletcher’s Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) program in 2009, she already had a long list of academic, professional, and personal accomplishments under her belt, including a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley; an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business; a successful career in currency trading and sales; leadership positions with various community organizations and nonprofit boards; and an active family consisting of her husband David, A79, three children, and a dog.

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Growing up in a one-bedroom flat in a triple-decker with his parents and three sisters in Somerville’s Teele Square, Peter Delli Colli, A69, D73, never could have imagined he would have a lifelong relationship with the university down the street. “When I was in a baby carriage, my mother would take me on walks around the campus,” he joyfully recounts. Later, Peter attended Tufts on a full scholarship with room and board.