Alumni volunteers help International House fulfill its mission in a myriad of ways. They assist in recruiting a diverse resident body, share their experiences and knowledge with the current generation of I-House residents through mentoring and help to reconnect fellow alumni with the House and each other through alumni networking. Below you will find several ways to volunteer for I-House. If you wish to get involved in a way you do not see listed here, please contact us at


Please note most of these programs require that alumni reside in the New York City area.

Be a WIL Mentor: The Women’s International Leadership Program is a yearlong program for 18 carefully selected women that features activities designed to identify and strengthen leadership skills. One of the components of the program is a mentor project where participants meet with their mentors, selected women in their field, at least three times per academic year to seek advice, discuss professional challenges and share experiences. Join the database of potential WIL Mentors and help these exceptional women become even better leaders.  A minimum commitment of one year is required. For more information on the WIL program, click here or contact the WIL Coordinator at

Be a Professional Interest Night (PIN) Volunteer: Alumni participants, representing a number of career fields from law to social work, return to the House for an informal networking reception where they provide advice, insight and information to I-House resident members starting their careers and to fellow alumni looking to make career changes. Professional Interest Night is usually held on a Thursday in February and generally runs from 7-9 p.m. Contact to volunteer. 

Host a “Taste of I-House Dinner”: Alumni in the New York Area welcome 4-6 resident members (or as many as you would like) to their home or a local restaurant for a simple meal as part of its "Taste of I-House" dinner program. Share your experiences about arriving in New York, I-House or your career and help I-House residents feel at home in the big city. Alumni are responsible for the cost of the dinner. A brunch or lunch is also a possibility dependent on the date. Host a Dinner.


Join your local chapter: I-House has local alumni chapters in New York City, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada. You can get involved with their local activities! Read more. Interested in starting an alumni chapter in your area? Read these guidelines and then contact

Organize a Local Alumni Event: The friendships that residents make during their stay at I-House often last a lifetime. You can help reconnect alumni and meet new alumni by hosting or organizing an alumni event in your area. Whether you want the event to be purely social or have a professional networking focus, the Office of Development & Alumni Relations can provide you with support and ideas. The office will also send out invitations and advertise the event on your behalf, but in most cases can not provide funding for the event itself. Please send an email to if you are interested in hosting an alumni event in your hometown.

Recruit Residents

Refer an Applicant: Do you know someone who is planning on pursuing graduate studies or interning in New York City next year? Do you think they would make a great addition to the I-House community? Refer them to I-House.

Distribute Recruitment Materials: If you work at or live near a university or educational institution, you can help spread the word about International House by hand-delivering recruitment materials to appropriate advisers. Once you deliver the materials, we will follow up with the institutions. Sign up to distribute recruitment materials on behalf of the House.

Other ways to volunteer

Perform at I-House Day New York: Are you a professional musician? Are you looking for a way to give back to I-House? Please consider performing at International House Day New York. I-House Day New York is an annual tradition where alumni musicians return to the House to perform in a Salon Night. The anchor event of the worldwide International House Day celebration, this event also features a reception. Volunteers receive listing on the website and in the program and receive a complimentary ticket to the event for themselves and a guest. This is a great way to help the House and showcase your talent. Join the database of musicians