As part of the Willamette community, parents can play a big role in helping students and creating opportunities for engagement within the Bearcat family.

Get Involved!

Whether posting a job or internship, assisting at a networking event, or helping with regional programming, volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Here are some specific ways you can help, along with who to contact about volunteer opportunities:

  • Career Development - To share career advice, internships and job opportunities, contact Devin Bales at dbales@willamette.edu.
  • Fundraising - To help WU reach its fundraising goals, contact Andrew Schmidt at aschmidt@willamette.edu.
  • Admission and Recruitment - To represent Willamette at college fairs in your home town, host events for prospective students, or call parents of admitted students, contact Sue Corner '90 at scorner@willamette.edu.


This is a quick and easy way to be an informal volunteer, but make a big impact! Know of a great internship opportunity? Want to share career advice? Have tips for soon-to-be grads? Then get connected to Switchboard!

Switchboard is a simple social network that lets you ask for what you need and offer what you have within a trusted community. This new tool is just for Willamette students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff. Watch this 90-second video to learn more.

The key to its success is participation, so here’s what you can do:

  • Create a login at www.willametteswitchboard.com - it takes about 30 seconds.
  • Start using it right away so that students who are posting “asks” have people who are responding to them.
  • Don’t be shy in responding to “asks.” Give what you have – advice, counsel, leads, information, encouragement. If you don’t have an answer, you may know of someone who does.
  • Make some “offers,” like: I have advice about my industry/experience/etc. I know a company that is hiring. I am willing to talk about job search strategies or pursuing grad school.

Switchboard demonstrates the value of the Willamette network and fosters a culture of giving back. We all have something to offer! It’s a way for us to leverage our network in an authentic and meaningful way.