Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

Our students need your help! Many have lost their internships due to the COVID-19 crisis and are worried about the future. If you have as little as half an hour to spare, you can make a big difference in their lives by offering your expertise and experience. They can even help you with your work. Check out the volunteer opportunities below and contact the SOJC faculty or staff representative listed if you have questions. 


Q&A with advertising and PR professionals
Seeking PR and advertising professionals with experience, knowledge, or good examples of ethical dilemmas in the field for our big media ethics remote course to do recorded zoom Q&A conversations on ethics.
Time commitment: 30 minutes (no prep needed)
Contact: Nicole Dahmen, associate professor (ndahmen@uoregon.edu)


Informational interviews and/or internships
Provide a summer internship and/ or informational interviews for SOJC students.
Contact: Rachel Allen, Assistant Director of SOJC Student Services (rallen@uoregon.edu, 541-346-2171)


Micro-internships
Provide short-term, project-based micro-internships for juniors or seniors, similar to what Parker-Dewey offers.
Contact: Rachel Allen, Assistant Director of SOJC Student Services (rallen@uoregon.edu, 541-346-2171)


Interviewing with confidence (J408 Confidence)
Sit on a Zoom interview panel to give students an opportunity to practice interviewing with vulnerability and confidence. Ask real-world interview questions that invite the student to offer a response that invites connection.
Time commitment: 1-2 hours
Contact: Derek Brandow, advertising instructor (dbrandow@uoregon.edu)


Informational interviews with students
Seeking young alumni (1-5 years past graduation) to do one-on-one informational interviews with current students. Discuss the changing employment landscape and how students can make the most of their college tenure to be competitive in the job market or learn more about the industry. Discuss personal story, how you found the right major for you, related campus experience, what the industry is like, professional advice for navigating the job/internship search. Team Advising will facilitate the connection via email to students based on similar interests and career goals.
Time commitment: 30-60 minutes
Contact: Rachel Allen, Assistant Director of SOJC Student Services (rallen@uoregon.edu, 541-346-2171)


SOJC Media and Social Action Academic Residential Community (ARC)
Participate in an evening ARC/alum Zoom session with first-year students in a roundtable setting about your experiences at the UO, in Allen Hall, and in your career.
Time commitment: 60 minutes
Contact: Charlie Butler, journalism instructor (cbutler3@uoregon.edu, 484-538-0644)


Virtual Strat Comm Master’s Happy Hour
Seeking Portland-based alumni to join our weekly Sunday afternoon happy hour to discuss "lessons learned" and networking opportunities with Strategic Communication Master’s Students.
Time commitment: 60 minutes
Contact: Donna Davis, director of Strategic Communication Master’s program (dzdavis@uoregon.edu)


Guest speaker for Strategic Communication Master’s program
Give an alum lecture for master’s students on public relations topics during a recorded Zoom class. Seeking mid- to senior-level leadership in an agency or organization.
Time commitment: 60 minutes + preparation
Contact: Donna Davis, director of Strategic Communication Master’s program (dzdavis@uoregon.edu)


Strategic Communication Master’s program clients
Work with a class or student as a “client” for strategic communication campaign development. Meet during classes periodically, depending on the role. If working as a client or second reader/advisor on a capstone project, you can work as an advisor on the student's final project and attend at their defense.
Contact: Donna Davis, director of Strategic Communication Master’s program (dzdavis@uoregon.edu)


Strategic Communication Master’s program internships
Seeking remote or Portland-based internship opportunities for strategic communication master’s students.
Contact: Donna Davis, director of Strategic Communication Master’s program (dzdavis@uoregon.edu)


Want to help in a different way? Fill out our volunteer interest form, and we’ll get back to you soon.