“Our associates have tremendously enjoyed volunteering with The Opportunity Network. OppNet is extremely organized, flexible, and truly understands the unique needs of their students as well as corporate volunteers. Our associates love to work with OppNet’s students, whom carry themselves professionally, while displaying genuine curiosity and inspirational drive.”
– Jessa Thomas, Capital One
BECOME AN OPPNET VOLUNTEER!
Throughout the year, OppNet has a number of events and workshops where you can engage with our talented students and offer up your professional and career advice. Here are a few highlights of our recurring opportunities:
APPLY TO BE A COLLEGE ESSAY COACH
As a College Essay Coach, you’ll work with our 12th grade students to help them brainstorm, draft, and edit their personal statements and supplemental essays for college applications. Each volunteer will be matched with one or two of our Fellows, and, with the support of OppNet staff, will meet regularly with students to review and provide feedback on their writings in preparation for college applications later in the fall. We ask that coaches commit 10-12 hours per month over the course of four months (September through December).
Applications for the 2017 Essay Coach Program are now closed. If you are interested in participating in our fall 2018 program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derived from the concept of “Speed Dating,” this interactive and engaging session provides students with opportunities to apply what they have learned from networking training. In short intervals with volunteer members, students will practice their personal elevator pitches, exchange business cards and network, before the buzzer signals the next move.
OppNet hosts several Speed Networking events on weekdays for our Fellows program each year in the spring and fall.
Please see below for typical Speed Networking requirements and details:
- Duration per workshop: 90 minutes (typically from 6:00 – 7:30pm on a weekday)
- Number of students per session: 100 to 140 high school students
- Number of volunteers per session: approximately 50 volunteers
Volunteers are matched with students in a session to work on editing resumes using Microsoft Word. Students then use these resumes to apply for summer internships and post-collegiate job searches.
MOCK INTERVIEW WORKSHOP
With the guidance of an OppNet facilitator, students learn the basics of a successful internship interview, from preparation all the way through to follow-up. Students are matched up with volunteers to practice simulated interviews.
INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC CAREER EXPOSURE PANELS
Throughout the academic year, OppNet hosts a number of industry-specific career roundtables and panel discussions to increase OppNet students’ awareness and exposure to various companies, fields and positions. Typically, the roundtables consist of four to five professionals who work in the field but in a variety of different areaas and roles. The event is structured to encourage small group conversations and natural networking. All roundtables are held in the evenings on workdays.
Please see below for the industries that we typically cover over the academic year:
- Business, Finance and Professional Services
- Careers in Social Change
- Communications, Marketing and Outreach
- Health Professions
- International Careers
- Legal Careers
- Public Service
- Writing and Media