We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for you to help fellow students and to enhance your professional development and personal networks.

For all its excitement, university can be a daunting experience at times which is where the volunteering programs fit in. Student Leaders are the face of our many programs that aim to create a sense of belonging for all students at UQ. When it comes to volunteering time commitments, you choose how involved you want to be. Opportunities exist before the semester, during the semester and with flexible hours and workloads.

Volunteers are required to submit an application and if successful, attend a group interview as part of the recruitment process outlined on.

To be eligible for our Student Leader Programs, you must:

  • Have a GPA of 4.0 and achieved at least 4.0 in the previous semester
  • Have completed at least one semester at UQ (full time or equivalent)
  • Be enrolled in a UQ program during your participation in the Program
  • Be at least 18 yrs old at the start of your participation in the Program
  • Have good spoken and written English

Introductory Academic Program (IAP)

Students who have been awarded an Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS) are required to complete a five-week Introductory Academic Program (IAP) prior to the start of semester. AAS awardees come from a broad range of developing countries and are generally studying postgraduate programs that will assist them to take key leadership roles in their home country’s development upon their return.

IAP Student Leaders assist with the IAP program to provide students with a sound transition to Australia and postgraduate study at UQ. Student Leaders should be postgraduate students themselves or in their final year of an undergraduate program.

Duration of Program:

Semester 1: January 16th - February 17th, 2017 (approx)

Semester 2: June 12th - July 14th (approx)

Training Days:

Please note: Student Leaders involved within this program are required to attend core program training. Further details will be provided to successful applicants.

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Jump Start Academic Preparation Program (JSAPP)

The JSAPP Student Leaders create a friendly and supportive environment to help students from the same program or faculty make the transition to university life; a new learning environment and a new cultural setting.

Duration of Program: 

Semester 1 2017: Early to Mid February*

Semester 2 2017: Early to Mid July 

Training Days:
Please note: Student Leaders involved within this program are required to attend core program training. Further details will be provided to successful applicants.

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* Please note that the JSAPP Student Leaders program will run PRIOR to O-Week

Mates at UQ

The Mates Team are instrumental in engaging & enhancing students sense of belonging through social events, activities & meet up groups both on and off campus.

Chat Mates

Chat Mates guide international students through weekly English conversation groups to help them gain fluency and confidence. Groups are constructed to have students from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds including undergrad & postgrad students.

Duration of Program:

Semester 1: 7 weeks (Week 3 - Week 9) + training days prior

Semester 2: 7 weeks (Week 3 - Week 9) + training days prior

Training Days:

Please note: Student Leaders involved within this program are required to attend core program training. Further details will be provided to successful applicants.

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Dinner Mates

Dinner Mates is based on building consistent social groups who regularly meet in an off-campus social environment. Student Leaders will assist in selecting, planning and hosting appropriate food-related events and activities including marketing and promoting the program.

Duration of Program:

Semester 1: Week 3 - 12 + training days prior

Semester 2: Week 3 - 12 + training days prior

Training Days: 
Please note: Student Leaders involved within this program are required to attend core program training. Further details will be provided to successful applicants.

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Mates Representatives

Mates Representatives provide support to the Engagement Officer within your school / faculty working collaboratively with other Student Leaders and staff. Mats Reps promote Mates@UQ to all students and assist in developing, organising and hosting on-and off-campus events and activities.

Duration of Program:

Semester 1: O-Week - Week 13 + training days prior

Semester 2: O-Week - Week 13 + training days prior

Training Days: 

Please note: Student Leaders involved within this program are required to attend core program training. Further details will be provided to successful applicants.

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Student Writing Support Group

This program is ideal for students who have a keen interest in writing and supporting others to improve their writing. Writing Mentors will be provided with training to help them engage students in discussions about their writing.

The Writing Mentor and the student read through the student’s work together, discuss the work and address questions the student or mentor might have. The mentor then makes recommendations on how the student can improve the structure and clarity of the writing and the grammar and punctuation.

Duration of Program:

Semester 1: Weeks 4-12 (approx)

Semester 2: Weeks 4-12 (approx)

Training Days:

Please note: Student Leaders involved within this program are required to attend core program training. Further details will be provided to successful applicants.

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Application date

Applications for all Student Leader Programs are now closed, and will re-open in March 2017.

Need more information

Please email Student Services at volunteering@uq.edu.au