Volunteer Opportunities


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We offer UMD students many ways to make a difference in their community. Our focus is to inspire a love of STEM in K-12 students and beyond.

Students with Kids at Congdon Science Night
Be a part of the community by mentoring the scientists and engineers of the future.

These Biology students are sharing their expertise with kids at Congdon Science Night.

We have opportunities galore for students that would like to make a difference in our community. 

Want to Volunteer?

Step 1: Tell us about yourself and we'll work with you to find the right volunteer opportunity!

Step 2: Complete the Volunteer Training

Step 3: Choose an activity at the bottom of this page.

Volunteers with our program get the chance to share their passion for UMD and science and engineering fields.

What do volunteers do?

You may volunteer for as little as a one hour session or as often as once a week.

We want to know what works best for you so we can design an experience that helps you build your resume and ensures your time is well spent. 

We offer a wide range of opportunities:

  • Presentations
  • Leading activities or demonstrations
  • Assisting with tours or events
  • Serving as a science fair judge and/or acting as a peer mentor for young students

We host a lot of events on campus, too so you may be able to help with a one-day event like Science and Engineering Day or Astronomy Day.

Check back for more upcoming events.

Volunteer Activities

We use an online Track It Forward calendar to share all of our volunteer opportunities and coordinate sign-up and volunteer hours.

You don't need an account, just click on an event link and fill out a few details to get signed up!

Piedmont Elementary In-School Sessions

UMD students visit schools to facilitate fun, hands-on activities designed to get kids excited about STEM. We provide training to volunteers and ensure they're familiar with the kits we've assembled to coincide with the students' classwork and MN standards. Dates will be listed here when they become available.

Iron Range STEM Showcase

About 2000 sixth grade students from schools throughout the Iron Range in Northeast MN come to this lively event in the Hibbing Memorial Building.

We need a lot of volunteers to assist with exciting, hands-on activities. This is our main Iron Range event and we partner with Iron Range Engineering, Itasca Community College and multiple businesses.

Transportation and lunch will be provided. More details to follow.