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.

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.

For a full description of our Peer Helper position, please click here.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISS will not be recruiting Peer Helpers for the Fall 2020 semester.

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.

Sign up here

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

  • The On-Campus Events PA facilitates a variety of social events and activities on-campus to help UCalgary International students make friends and experience UCalgary campus culture. 
  • The Off-Campus Events PA facilitates a variety of social events and activities off-campus to help UCalgary International students make friends and experience Calgary culture. 
  • The Global Families PA helps students with families participate in events on campus and in Calgary and builds community among student families. 
  • The International Student Transition Support PA assists with several programs for new international students including the Welcome Centre, International Student Mentorship Program, International Student Orientation, and tours. 
  • The Student Engagement PA 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. 
  • The Welcome Centre Student Assistants provide advice to new-to-Calgary students about finding housing, accessing resources, connecting with peers through social programming, navigating Calgary logistics, and learning about Calgary culture. 

Participate in research

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

Opportunities for international students:

CLIP Newcomer Survey (available in 14-languages)

  • Details: Have you immigrated to Canada in the last 5-years? If yes, Calgary Local Immigration Partnership (CLIP) wants to learn about who or what helped you as you settled here in Calgary.
  • Survey available on March 5, 2021
  • Time Requirement: 10 - 15 minutes
  • Incentive: applicants are entered into a draw to win one of ten $50 gift cards
  • Questions:

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:
  • Learn more and apply here »

Scholar's Academy and Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking

  • Details: As a student, give feedback about your needs, experiences and how you perceive the value of entrepreneurial thinking and related events and programs. 
  • Deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2021
  • Incentive: applicants are entered into a draw to win one of ten $50 Skip the Dishes gift cards.
  • Questions:
  • Learn more and apply here »