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Volunteer With the Rush Education & Career Hub

Short-term volunteering

Short-term volunteering allows professionals, students and community members in STEM and health care fields to volunteer at one-time events with our students. Volunteers help spark students’ interest in healthcare/STEM jobs, ignite their awareness of the possibilities in the field and expand their opportunities to grow and succeed.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Career panels
  • Hands-on activities (e.g. teaching about vital signs)
  • Department/Office tours
  • Guest speaking
  • School STEM event support
  • Job shadowing
  • Mock interviews
  • OutREACH Speaker Series
  • Lunch & Learn workshops
  • Writing and résumé workshops
  • Career Day events


  • 18 years or older
  • In a STEM or health care career field of study
  • Interested in supporting young people’s academic, professional and personal growth

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lauren White, program coordinator, at (312) 942-2157 or [email protected].

REACH for IT volunteering

REACH for IT is recruiting volunteers who are subject matter experts within a broad spectrum of STEM related topics who may be interested in speaking, teaching, and otherwise collaborating with our students.

We appreciate your interest in working with us! Please note volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tanea Culbreath-Byrd, IT Pathway Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

Mentoring Program

Mentoring offers professionals and graduate students the opportunity to help young people explore STEM/health care careers and see a place for themselves in the field. Each mentor is paired with one of our rising senior MedSTEM Pathways interns to provide college- and career-focused guidance through the summer and the fall semester.

About the Program

  • Virtual college- and career-focused mentoring
  • Commitment is seven months (June – December)
  • Rising high school seniors in MedSTEM Pathways are paired with professionals from a variety of careers, both clinical and non-clinical
  • Mentors and mentees meet at least once a month
  • REACH provides mentors with an activity guide and resources
  • REACH facilitates optional virtual activity nights each month


  • Be a Chicagoland STEM or health care professional or graduate student with at least two years of work experience
  • Hold an associate’s degree or higher
  • Have enthusiasm for guiding and working with youth
  • Commit to meeting with your mentee at least once per month
  • Attend one virtual training session in early June
  • Attend a virtual mentor/mentee meetup in early June
  • Attend bi-monthly meetings with the program coordinator

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Nia Benton, program development associate for high school and college, at (312) 942-3634 or [email protected].