BUILD, Urban Innovation Leadership Dialogues Volunteer Opportunity



BUILD: Volunteer Positions
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is seeking volunteers to support operations at its annual convening of city leaders from the U.S. and Europe, BUILD. BUILD will take place from November 15th to 17th, 2017 in Detroit Michigan.Volunteers will get first-hand experience providing operational support for a major international conference, engage with cutting-edge urban policy content, and expand their professional network.

Description of Tasks
GMF offers the opportunity for highly motivated students and young professionals to take part in the logistical coordination of BUILD. Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to work with a variety of teams including communications, guest relations, transportation, production, and more.The BUILD 2017 Volunteer program will offer motivated students and young professionals in the fields of Urban and Regional Policy and Public Policy an exclusive opportunity to participate in parts of the official program, network with leading industry voices, and gain a working behind the scenes knowledge of large scale event production. Applicants must inform GMF of their availability during the days of the conference to better facilitate scheduling. We may also ask volunteers to work on conference preparations during the week before Build (November 12 – 15) depending on availability.

For further information please email Zachary Tarrant at

• Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work within a team
• Ability to work in an intercultural and fast-paced environment
• Interest in Urban & Regional Policy, and inclusive, sustainable, and globally engaged cities
• Flexibility to work long and demanding hours
• Experience in event management is a plus, but not necessary
• Full availability during the course of the conference
• Proficiency in another European language is a plus but not necessary
* If you have any preference and/or experience in one of the following fields (guest relations, production, transportation assistance, and/or media), please indicate it in your cover letter.

How to Apply: Fill out the application via the link below.

The deadline to apply is at midnight on October 25th. Please note that this is a non-paid volunteer position for a period of approximately one week. GMF will provide all meals, however we ask that you arrange your own accommodation and transportation in Detroit.




Backpacking With a Purpose: 2018 Applications Now Open!

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs volunteering programs abroad. They examine various social justice issues while working in solidarity with local activists, non-profit organizations, and communities. They are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by November 22nd!

Programs are filling up quickly so apply as soon as possible.

Check out where we go:

Programs of various themes are currently open in the following countries:

Bolivia – Environmental Justice
Thailand – Alternative Tourism, Environmental Conservation, or Food Justice
India – Alternative Education or Gender & Religion
Guatemala – Human Rights, Food Justice, or Fair Trade
Cambodia – Environmental Justice or Alternative Education
Peru – Human Rights, Environmental Justice, or Alternative Tourism
Ecuador – Food Justice
Bangladesh – Fair Trade

Can’t travel in the summer? Join alternative breaks in the winter and spring!

Volunteer for Give Merit’s FATE Program in Detroit

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that engages youth in Detroit? If so, Give Merit’s mentorship program, FATE, is looking for a new group of University of Michigan students to become mentors!

A quick overview of who we are:

Give Merit exists to enhance and extend educational opportunities to underserved youth through innovative enrichment and mentorship activities. Since 2012, Give Merit has worked intensively with Detroit high school students through its FATE program. This four-year cohort-based program provides innovative programming which blends project-based learning, character development, career exposure, and mentorship into a co-curricular experience emphasizing the value of education and the role it plays in providing access to achieving long term career and personal goals.

One hundred percent of our inaugural FATE class graduated from high school in June 2016, each with acceptances to colleges/universities! This past October, a new cohort of 27 ninth graders were accepted into the FATE Program. This group participates in our weekly, after-school program over four years, in a newly renovated Detroit facility. Each year, an additional group of ninth grade students will enroll, leading to approximately 100 Detroit high schoolers, and 22 college students, supported by Fall 2019.

Our four-year curriculum will feature four capstone projects which include creating a marketing / advertising campaign, designing their own Merit t-shirt line, executing a live social cause event in Detroit, and forming a youth-driven marketing firm. The curriculum will be complemented by ongoing soft-skill building activities and regular excursion workshops where students will be exposed to higher education and a variety of local / national organizations such as Zingerman’s, Google, Shinola, and Plante Moran.

We are looking for new mentors to volunteer with us during this upcoming academic year (2017-2018) and would love for you to apply! Learn more by watching the videos below!

Video Links:

  1. What our Students Love about FATE

  2. Kicking off FATE 2.0

  3. Reflections from FATE Mentors

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or have questions, please contact Rachel Mazzaro at

Refugees to College (R2C)

Education is our great equalizer, and we have the moral obligation to broaden higher educational opportunities to all people.

Personal growth occurs through introspection. The university experience is a time of great personal growth for many people that shape his or her world view for much of the rest of his or her life. For that reason, exposure to different backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints would allow for a more informed, introspective, creative, and intellectually developed campus. Refugees to College (R2C) was founded at the University of Michigan to develop college campuses in Michigan and throughout the United States, emphasizing that learning is a two-way street.  We advocate and work for a place that supports refugees, since only one percent of refugees internationally attend college.  Attending college gives them an opportunity to learn, develop new skills, improves their job prospects, and boosts self-esteem. This also offers an opportunity to students who have never been exposed to the experiences of these refugees to learn and grow as global citizens. In the classroom, both sides would learn from one another, if given the chance for refugees and immigrants to be supported at our universities.

Join us in making a difference in the lives of refugees around the world.

 Refugees to College (R2C) began with an idea in the late summer of 2016 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Many research papers, emails, and meetings later, R2C became a project-oriented team of students and professionals united in accomplishing a goal crucial to our community: to improve the access of higher education, educational, and professional opportunities for refugees in Michigan and throughout the United States through mentoring, opportunity search, networking, and advocacy. We work alongside refugee resettlement and advocacy organizations as well as with individuals and families of refugees.  From there, we develop a unique action plan for each refugee and his or her family, with the intent of supporting and developing his or her path to college and/or an internship.  In addition to our relief work, we advocate for greater awareness of the issues and hardships refugees face as they resettle and the need for professional assistance both in Michigan and elsewhere, with special attention to increasing diversity on college campuses across America.

Want to volunteer? Email

Global Health Internship Opportunities

Global Health Internship Opportunities with Unite for Sight positions open: volunteering abroad in Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps, or in serving as a Unite For Sight Global Health Leadership Intern in Unite For Sight’s office in New Haven, Connecticut.

We have a new 5-minute video about the Global Health Leadership Internship in New Haven, as well as a 5-minute video about the Global Impact Corps opportunity in Ghana, Honduras, and India.

New Peace Corps Volunteer Openings Available

Opportunities Around the World

The Peace Corps is accepting applications for hundreds of positions in 47 countries with departures in winter and spring 2018. Find an opening that fits your skills and interests, or choose to serve where you are needed most.

Departures in January, February, and March 2018:
Apply by July 1 | Know by September 1

Departures in April, May, and June 2018:
Apply by October 1 | Know by December 1

Apply early for the best chance to serve in the country and program of your choice.


Serve Where You Are Needed Most
Learn how you can make the biggest impact by applying to serve where your skills and experience are needed most.
Friday, May 5
3 to 4 p.m. Eastern

Application Workshop
Ready to submit your application? Have your questions answered and gain tips for the application process.
Thursday, May 11
7 to 8 p.m. Eastern



“Global Zero is grassroots organizing at its finest.” -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

At Global Zero, we’re powered by the creativity and passion of young people who understand that nuclear weapons have no place in the 21st century. We face a new administration that jeopardizes decades of progress by increasing nuclear weapons spending and volatile, bombastic rhetoric that brings the world to the brink of nuclear war. When global leaders such as Donald Trump are able to trigger nuclear war with the push of a button, the need for change is greater than ever. Action Corps leaders are at the forefront of this fight: spearheading the campaign in their city or campus, directing outreach in their communities, and leading as the face of a vision for a world without nukes.


Action Corps is a year-long organizing program designed to train and empower leaders across the country to tackle one of the biggest threats of our generation. Whether you’re new to the fight or a seasoned activist, we’ll provide the hands-on training, in-depth resources you’ll need to make a difference — and have fun while you’re at it!

Over the course of the year, you’ll work with Global Zero on creative and impactful campaigns to eliminate nukes. You will have insider access to cutting-edge international policy, work with local and national media, lobby elected officials, learn real leadership and campaign skills, and use all of this to build and lead your very own Global Zero chapter to resist President Trump’s reckless nuclear agenda. Action Corps leaders this year will be working to pressure their campuses and city councils to pass resolutions in opposition to President Trump’s march toward nuclear war, while attending our organizing trainings and helping to recruit for larger national actions.

Action Corps is not your average volunteer role. By the end of this program you will have the skills you need to effectively organize your peers, mobilize them to action, lobby decision-makers, work with the media, and more. Action Corps leaders typically dedicate 3-5 hours a week to the program.

Ready for the challenge? Here’s your chance to become a leader in the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons.


Email your resume and a brief cover letter explaining why you’d like to be a Global Zero Action Corps leader to If selected, we will be in touch to set up a time to chat about the opportunity over the phone. The early application deadline is May 5th, 2017. The program begins with a national training in Washington D.C. in August.

Questions? Contact us at