Volunteers 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.

What's involved?

Programs and events run at various times during the year. Volunteers will be required to attend core program training prior to the program dates. Further details will be provided to successful applicants.

Read about the volunteering programs below to find out more about what's involved. 

Event Volunteers

Event volunteers assist in helping out at UQ events all year round. Our major events include O-Week Festival, Careers Fair, Volunteer Expo and Global Experiences Expo. You can choose which events you want to participate in and choose which times suit your schedule. 

Volunteers duties change depending on their strengths and the event they are participating at. Volunteers may help to distribute event material, set up and pack down events, answer enquiries and more!

UQ Mates Leaders

UQ Mates Leaders are instrumental in engaging and enhancing students sense of belonging through building a social community for UQ students.

Mates Leaders engage the UQ community through facilitating & leading online discussions and meet-ups both on & off campus based on demand within allocated groups. Leaders are also influential in marketing and promoting the program. UQ Mates is available each semester from O-Week to Week 13.

There are two different Mates Leadership opportunities on offer; UQ Mates Events Leaders and UQ Mates Group Leaders. For more information on these positions please refer to the Position Descriptions accessible via StudentHub. 

International Transition

International Transition Volunteers assist Australia Award Scholarship international students transition to Australia and postgraduate study at UQ. Australia Awards Scholarships provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time in Australia. 

Volunteers help Australia Awards scholars adjust to life in Australia and UQ by introducing them to UQ, helping them understand the different support services available, showing them around Brisbane and more!

Program details:

  • Semester 1: Mid-January to mid-February
  • Semester 2: Mid-June to mid-July
SEC Student Leaders

The Student Employability Centre (SEC) Student Leaders program provides a valuable professional development opportunity where you can share your passion for global experiences, research, employability or leadership activities. 

SEC Leaders are students who have participated in the UQ Employability Award, UQ Abroad, undergraduate research, received a UQ Employability Grant or held an internship, work experience or volunteer role.

SEC Leaders are required to volunteer at 10 UQ Student Employability Centre events per year. 

Jump Start Academic Preparation Program

JSAPP Volunteers 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.

Program dates:

  • Semester 1: Early to mid-February (please note that this program will run prior to O-Week). 
  • Semester 2: Early to mid-July


Am I eligible?

To be eligible for our Volunteer 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 years old at the start of your participation in the program and
  • have good spoken and written English.

Why should I volunteer?

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for you to help fellow students and to enhance your professional development and personal networks. By volunteering at UQ you can:

foster positive social and cultural connections,
access professional development opportunities and
get closer to the Employability Award. 

Watch the video below to gain a better understanding of Volunteering at UQ.

How can I apply?

Applicants are required to submit a form on StudentHub. If successful, applicants will be invited to attend a group interview as part of the recruitment process and complete online induction modules. 

Once you become a UQ volunteer a range of opportunities will be available to you. 

Applications are open all year round. 

Apply now


Applications for volunteering programs are open on StudentHub. 

Apply now

Need more information

Please email our Volunteering Coordinator at volunteering@uq.edu.au

“I’ve learnt new and valuable skills in areas like event management and customer service which have been extremely useful in job applications. At the same time, I’ve made many new friends."
– Michael, Mates Volunteer