Volunteer Opportunities

New Sector is grateful for our many volunteers who provide meaningful support to the early career professionals (Fellows) in our programs. Opportunities to volunteer include providing one-to-one mentorship for an average of an hour per week or leading a group training session on a topic of interest. Annually, volunteers donate over 2,500 hours to New Sector programs. This professional development allows our Fellows to complete more impactful work in the short-term and to advance their careers over the long-term.

To start volunteering, please complete this Volunteer Interest Form.

Our mentors are experienced professionals from a wide range of industries, including consulting, nonprofit management, philanthropy, technology, and beyond. Mentors have a minimum of three up to 30 or more years of professional experience, and are matched with Fellows based on goals, areas of expertise, and other factors as requested by mentors and Fellows. To start volunteering, please complete this Volunteer Interest Form.


Benefits of mentorship

  • Make a meaningful difference: Bring skills and experiences that directly support Fellows’ short-term impact and longer-term personal and professional development
  • Contribute to future leadership: Help early career professionals develop their skills, resources, and pathways toward long-term career impact
  • Join the New Sector network: Become part of New Sector’s world-class network of leaders that span the private, public, and nonprofit sectors


How mentorship works

Mentors support Fellows through in-person and virtual communication in these areas and others:

  • Role and project-specific support: Mentors leverage their experience and expertise to help Fellows succeed in their roles and develop workplans to ensure organizational impact.
  • Professional skills development: Mentors guide Fellows on developing skills such as effectively navigating the workplace and accepting constructive feedback.
  • Career planning and networking: Mentors serve as coaches to Fellows by supporting resume and cover letter reviews, interview practice, and networking endeavors.


Mentor commitments

  • Mentors check-in with Fellows on a weekly basis for an hour to provide support, throughout our year-long Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship or three month Summer Fellowship.
  • New Sector is committed to ensuring that mentors have a positive, meaningful experience. New Sector provides orientation and ongoing support to mentors, and encourages mentors to expand their networks through the New Sector volunteer experience.

Our trainers are leaders from academia, business, and the community. Many trainers also serve as host site supervisors, mentors, and active members of our alumni network. Our trainers add immeasurable value to our program as they deliver content and perspective. Trainers may bring their own content or deliver content developed by New Sector on a range of topics. To start volunteering, please complete this Volunteer Interest Form.


How we work with trainers

The expertise and engagement of each of our trainers make our workshops unique. The diversity of trainers who support our programs offer Fellows a breadth of knowledge as well as elucidation of professional pathways.  We collaborate with each trainer to:

  • Determine a session that fits within New Sector’s curriculum or brings new insights or trends.
  • Structure the session, minimizing trainer preparation time.
  • Select materials for the session; New Sector has materials for each session in our curriculum, or trainers may opt to bring their own materials in support of agreed-upon objectives.


Training topics

Trainers volunteer on a one-time-basis and typically facilitate 2-3 hour training sessions from our curriculum or topics based on their expertise. Selected topics include:

  • Career Planning
  • Career Tools (e.g. Resume Writing, Cover Letters, Informational Interviews)
  • Change Management
  • Fundraising and Resource Development
  • Organizational Strategy
  • Personal Branding
  • Project Management
  • Negotiations
  • Networking
  • Self-Assessment