Volunteer Opportunities at Rice University

Owl Edge Externships

Owl Edge Externships 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 an Owl Edge Externship.

Winter Break
January 3-6, 2017
Deadline to register: November 14, 2016

Spring Break
March 13-17, 2017
Deadline to register: February 6, 2017

Sign up to host an Owl Edge Externship with the Center for Career Development.

Owl Edge Internships

Owl Edge Internships 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 break. These experiences typically involve six to 12 weeks of full-time work with compensation appropriate for the position and organization. A part-time internship during the academic year or summer may also be an option. We recommend posting your internship opportunity at least three-months prior to the intended start date.

Sign up to host an Owl Edge Internship with the Center for Career Development.

Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development offers programs, services and resources to guide undergraduate and graduate students in pursuing their career goals. There are many ways for you to be involved, including through the OWL Career Mentor Network.

Career Management Center

The Jones Graduate School of Business’s Career Management Center offers many ways to be involved with students pursuing their MBA. To learn more about opportunities to volunteer and engage, visit here.

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) is a hub for undergraduate engineering at Rice and provides a space for students to design, prototype, and deploy solutions to real-world engineering challenges. There are several ways to get involved, including attending dinner presentations, judging design competitions, or mentoring students. To learn more about these opportunities, visit here or contact Maria Oden, Director.

Professional Science Master’s Program

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) is a two-year degree that prepares students for work outside academia by teaching them what it takes to become a well-rounded, technically adept professional. If you are interested in meeting PSM students for lunch or taking advantage of speaking opportunities through the PSM Seminar Series, please contact profms@rice.edu.

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

The Rice Alliance is Rice University’s nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology, commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. Each year, the Alliance has opportunities for engagement such as volunteering, judging, and mentoring at several events, including the Rice Business Plan Competition. Please contact Noy Shemer, Program Specialist, for more information.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Rice University, please fill out the volunteer application form.