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Volunteer Opportunities

Penn Nursing relies on the experience, skill and generosity of alumni volunteers to provide career advice to students and fellow graduates, support programs and events, recognize outstanding alumni, recruit prospective students, and advance the School and profession. 

Available for 1 hour or multiple times a month? Living in Philadelphia or in London? Working in direct-patient care or are taking a break in your career? No matter your situation, there’s a volunteer position for you!

Many of our current opportunities are listed below. If you don’t see something that you are interested in, contact us. We would love to hear from you and appreciate your support.

Alumni Board and Committees - Dedicated volunteers are needed to serve year-round on the Nursing Alumni Board and its Committees. Learn more about the board and committees HERE.

Preceptors - Alumni preceptors are in demand! The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing seeks highly qualified clinicians across Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey – and beyond. Your commitment to our students’ education is important, meaningful, and deeply appreciated.

  • If you are interested in precepting for Penn Nursing, please provide us with some information on the following form.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact: Alycia Bischof at

Student-Alumni Liaison Program - Each fall, local alumni host freshman at their workplace for a half day direct-patient care shadowing experience (scheduled at your convenience between Oct-Dec). Alumni of any degree level and year are asked to host 1-4 students for a one-time volunteer opportunity. 

Mentoring - The Penn Nursing Mentoring program is an opportunity for students and graduates to connect with experienced alumni mentors for a variety of career supporting opportunities including shadowing (when allowed), informational interviews, one time questions, ongoing mentoring, and more.

Regional Event Host - Support events taking place outside of Philadelphia like conference happy hours or other regional events.

  • Support event marketing efforts by inviting your local alumni and friend network
  • Serve as on-site event hosts and greeting attendees

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours (email) in advance of the event at your convenience, 2 hours at the event

Preferred Skills: Well-connected; familiar with the local area and, ideally, the local Penn Alumni Club; able to generate enthusiasm; communication and marketing skills.

Virtual Nursing Interview Committee - Interview Penn Nursing undergraduate applicants, many by phone or skype, answering their questions about today’s School of Nursing and providing feedback to the Admissions Office. Projects:

  • Conduct three or four applicant interviews a year (each lasting approximately 30 minutes) in person or virtually via Skype or phone
  • Complete a short report about the meeting for the Admissions Office

Time Commitment: 1-4 hours/month, October-February. Interviews can be coordinated to fit your schedule as necessary.

Preferred Skills: Positive undergraduate Penn Nursing experience. Able to maintain confidentiality, excellent communication skills, comfortable with skype and technology in general, ability to discern qualified candidates.

Inquiries are welcome at any time. For more information, please contact