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Volunteer Opportunities
Browse the selections to see how you can be involved at the Graduate School of Management. To sign up, please select the Volunteer Web Form link under the Related Contact section on the bottom right-hand side.

Alumni Relations

Alumni Awards Committee

Established in 2003, each year the Alumni Association recognizes two GSM graduates who embrace our core values of passionate, energetic leadership, and a continued advocacy of team building and service. Committee of approximately eight work together to conduct research on alumni award nominees; attend one meeting/year; attend event where winners are recognized. (Time commitment four to six hours/year.)

Student Fellowship Awards Committee

The Graduate School of Management’s Alumni Association annually awards fellowships to one student from each of the School’s MBA programs—Full-Time, Sacramento and Bay Area. The students receive a cash gift that is applied toward the cost of their education. As a committee member, you will review student nominations and participate in one to two conference calls. (Time commitment three to four hours/year.)

Fundraising Committee: Class Agent

Serve as a class ambassador to share school updates and Annual Giving messaging. Work closely with Alumni Relations Board Fundraising Chair. Expectation is to send four emails (coordinated with GSM email solicitations) and/or contact classmates by phone. (Time commitment: four to six hours/year.)

Career Services

Networking Cocktail

Date: Orientation 2016

  • Alumni will meet with incoming and current students, providing structured feedback. (Rating Matrix will be provided)
  • Structured Feedback will be in the form of a networking card(s) that up to five students will provide to you during the cocktail event.
  • A brief overview of the cards/structure of feedback will be sent to you prior to the event.

Information Sessions

Sponsor an information session on campus or trek to your company. Promote your benefits and engage our students prior to interview schedules. (Year-round)

Career Fair

We welcome you to represent your employer at our annual Spring MBA Career fair, held on our San Ramon campus. This is an excellent opportunity to engage our MBA talent from both our Daytime and part-time programs in a boutique fair setting. (Date: February 26, 2016. Time commitment: two to four hours.)


The Admissions Office is always excited for your help in recruiting the next generation of GSM alumni. These opportunities come in a variety of forms.

Speak with interested students.

You can volunteer to make yourself available to meet with candidates for informational interviews by request or speak with interested students by phone or email correspondence about your experience at the GSM (time commitment: approximately one hour per interview as needed).

Attend an Admissions event.

You can also volunteer at a formal GSM event. GSM events include MBA fairs we host and in which we participate. You would help us staff a booth and answer the questions of fair attendees. MBA Fairs take place July through February of each year worldwide (time commitment: approximately two to four hours). Lastly, Every year in the spring or early summer we hold a dinner with admitted students where alumni guests are invited (time commitment: approximately three hours during the evening).

Big Bang! Business Competition

The Big Bang! Business Plan Competition encourages the commercialization of promising ideas emerging from UC Davis’s strong technology tradition, and builds mutually beneficial relationships between the university and the regional entrepreneurial community. It also provides aspiring entrepreneurs in the UC Davis student and alumni communities with invaluable access to a network of resources for mentorship, team creation, education and new venture financing.


As a mentor, you will work with one of the semi-finalist teams, offering guidance in the formulation of their business plan and providing real-world insights on the strengths and weaknesses of the business plan and the team that is developing it. Semi-finalist teams will have already passed the first Business Summary round, and will have been screened by judges to ensure that there is a viable business idea. (Time commitment: up to one hour per week from the beginning of March through the end of April. You may meet with your team once a month or more frequently, meeting in person, by phone or through email, depending on your schedule and time constraints.)


Review business summary plans for first round of the Big Bang! Rate participant entries on set criteria and help the top teams advance to the next round. This opportunity can be done remotely, via computer.