Get Involved

Whether you are an International or Canadian student, there are a lot of ways you can get involved with the International Student Services office. If you want to develop your professional skills and earn some volunteer experience while supporting international student programming, we encourage you to get involved with one of the many volunteer positions we offer in our office.

Get Involved

There are many ways to become involved with International Student Services. This page will be updated with information on when applications are open for the various leadership opportunities available.

Join Our Volunteer List!

Want to get involved? Sign up to join our volunteer list where we will promote any upcoming opportunities to volunteer at events throughout the upcoming academic year. These volunteer opportunities work well with a busy student schedule and will range from an hour, half-day, or full-day commitments depending on the specific event needs. If you’re looking for more structured engagement opportunities, consider participating in the Peer Helper, USpeakGlobal or Mentorship programs.

Become a Peer Helper Volunteer!

International Student Services Peer Helper volunteers are the first point-of-contact for students who enter the International Student Services office. Peer helpers offer peer advising to international students by answering questions and connecting students to the appropriate resources on and off-campus. Peer Helper volunteers also play an important role in the success of our ongoing programs and events by supporting Program Assistants in the development and implementation of these events.

  • Full position description
  • Length of position: Sept. - Dec. 2021 (possible renewal in W22)
  • Hours: 3 hours / week
  • Application deadline: Sept. 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MDT

The Program Assistant (PA) team supports the day-to-day operations of ISS, as well as coordinates some of the programs that are central to our support model. Program Assistants have access to a shared workspace in ISS and are expected to work collaboratively with other PAs and ISS staff to create a positive experience for students who come in for help and advice. 

Review the position descriptions below and submit your application(s) through Careerlink

  • International Student Transition Support PA
    • Position summary: Assists with several programs and items for new international students including the Welcome Webinars, International Student Orientation, International Student Stories, and New-to-Calgary Tours. 
    • Full position description
    • CareerLink ID: 74469
    • Status: Closed
  • Student Engagement PA 
    • Position summary: Uses multiple communication channels to lead engagement with community and students, promote events, and design and implement informational campaigns for the UCalgary international student audience, as well as support the pilot of the Birthday Program.
    • Full position description
    • CareerLink ID: 74468
    • Status: Closed
  • Social Events PA
    • Position summary: Facilitates a variety of social events and activities remotely to help UCalgary International students make friends and experience UCalgary campus culture. 
    • Full position description
    • CareerLink ID: 74461
    • Status: Closed
  • Mentorship PA
    • Position summary: Supports the Mentorship program for new international students through program coordination and communication, as well as provide participant and event support. 
    • Full position description
    • CareerLink ID: 74467
    • Status: Closed
  • Student Volunteer and USpeak Global PA
    • Position summary: Coordinates student volunteer needs in ISS, including training and recruitment. Supports the USpeak Global language-sharing program by helping students with families participate in events to build community among student families, and supports the pilot program of the Intercultural Capacity-Building training program.
    • Full position description
    • CareerLink ID: 74466
    • Status: Closed

Help support researchers in their work by applying to participate in a research study. Some studies may compensate you for your contributions.

  1. Language Brokering Initiative

    • Details: Have you moved to Canada in the past 10-years? Do you help or receive help from family members with translating things to and from English? If yes, The Immigrant Education Society would like to hear from you, as they are interested in learning more about how immigrant families communicate.
    • Time Requirement: 2-interviews, 45 - 60 minutes each
    • Incentive: $30 gift card
    • Questions:


  2. Help Us Better Understand The Challenges Faced By Autistic University Students

    • Details: Are you a current UCalgary student diagnosed with Autism or self-identify as Autistic? Come participate in this study to help UCalgary researchers better understand the challenges you face while in university.
    • Incentive: $10 Visa gift card
    • Questions:


  3. Inclusive Access for all students to opportunities in Experiential Learning (EL) at UCalgary

    • Details: Help us understand barriers and solutions for accessing experiential learning opportunities across campus. Experiential learning activities involve learning-by-doing—they can include co-ops, research, capstone projects, case competitions, and more.
    • Eligibility: UCalgary students who are 18+ years old
    • Time Requirement: One-Time
    • Incentive: entered into a draw to win a bookstore voucher ($25 value)
    • Deadline: Friday, Dec. 17
    • Questions:

Here are some of the great student opportunities offered by UCalgary. Challenge yourself and get a chance to win prizes!

  1. 2022 World's Challenge Challenge

    • Details: Think you have a unique solution to a global problem? Become an innovator and international change maker through UCalgary’s World’s Challenge Challenge. Undergrad and graduate students are encouraged to apply now!
    • Deadline: Jan. 21, 2022


  2. SSHRC Storytellers Student Challenge

    • Details: SSHRC’s Storytellers Challenge asks postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better. Tell SSHRC about a great SSHRC-funded project happening at UCalgary. Your story must be compelling, creative and clear. You can create a three-minute video or audio clip, or 300-word text or infographic.
    • Deadline: Jan. 24, 2022 @ 5 p.m. (eastern)
    • Questions: