Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) Volunteer

Whether you can give an hour or a summer’s worth of time, there are students eager to tap your expertise and experience. Grinnell College alumni have always been generous, offering their time and connections to move other Grinnellians along in their careers. In today’s challenging job market, your support is necessary for Grinnell students to compete and an important way for you to make a difference in their lives.

Opportunities for CLS volunteers:

  • Host a three- to five-day externship (job shadow) over spring break.
  • Share internship and employment opportunities.
  • Recruit (on campus or virtually) students for jobs and/or internships.
  • Network with and mentor current students via Grinnell Connect.

CLS volunteer — Lisa Andon '92

"I participate in the spring break externship program, hosting a current student who shadows me on the job. I hope to inspire the students with the work that my organization does as well as give them a glimpse of life in my beautiful island home. The goal of the program is to provide students with an experience at work that will help them begin to make some choices about their major and their future career."


Supporting the career, personal, and professional development of Grinnell students is an institutional priority, and we hope you will consider becoming a volunteer.

For more information about volunteering for the CLS, please contact Brooke Vonderheide, assistant director of alumni relations for career programs, at vonderhe@grinnell.edu.