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Why volunteer?

I have done many great things over this year and volunteering is definitely one of the highlights."

Henry

Student blogger

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community – whether at home or abroad.

You will develop a portfolio of skills that could open up new career paths in areas you may never have considered.

We offer lots of ways for you to do something different with your spare time and our students have a strong record for making a difference both locally and globally.

Volunteering opportunities

Access hundreds of volunteering opportunities, from tutoring in schools to community-based projects through Imperial College Union.

You can even gain formal recognition of your development through Emerging Leaders. Here you can develop your essential skills and leadership through face-to-face workshops, online learning, events and personalised feedback. At the end, you will obtain official recognition of your achievements from the Imperial College Union and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

One-off  and short-term volunteering

If you can't commit to regular volunteering there are opportunities for you. These can be found through ongoing projects and volunteering student societies.

Explore ongoing projects

Professional Project Fund

This programme offers you a chance to deliver a project through a short internship which can take place in the UK not-for-profit sector.

You will find and define your own project and then apply to the Imperial College Careers Service for a £1200 bursary for the project.

Professional Project Fund

Mentoring and tutoring

We recognise the valuable role our students play in inspiring the next generation of scientists. That’s why we run and collaborate in a number of flexible tutoring and mentoring schemes that you can take part in alongside your studies.

Opportunities include:

  • peer tutoring in local schools;
  • e-mentoring a Year 12 student, who is looking for help and support in science, engineering or medicine;
  • acting as an ambassador for Imperial in your former school or college.

Flexible tutoring and mentoring schemes

Ambassador schemes

Becoming a student ambassador is a great way to get more involved in life at the College. Full training is provided, and it's a good opportunity to develop your transferable skills and gain valuable experience.

Become an ambassador

President's ambassadors

What you will do:

  • Campus tours
  • Welcoming VIP visitors
  • Delivering student life talks

These are just some of the roles that our President's Ambassadors take on every year. The work includes a mixture of volunteer and paid opportunities.

President's Ambassadors

Outreach Postgraduate Ambassadors

Inspire a young audience to consider studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business subjects.

As an Outreach Postgraduate Ambassador will volunteer with local schools to make a difference.

Outreach Postgraduate Ambassadors