Get Involved

The Illinois Leadership® Center offers volunteer opportunities which allow individuals to engage in meaningful leadership experiences with students. If you are faculty, staff, university alum, community member or current student we can assist you in finding a volunteer opportunity to meet your needs. Volunteer opportunities include serving as a Facilitator or Leadership Certificate Coach. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact 

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i-Program Facilitators

Facilitators are crucial to the success of our i-Programs (Insight, Intersect, Ignite, Imprint, Inclusion, and Integrity). In the role of facilitator you have the opportunity to assist in shaping the experience and environment of the programs. As a facilitator, you would be a lead or small group facilitator.

Lead Facilitators are responsible for training small group facilitators (in conjuction with ILC staff), introducing main concepts and objectives, and leading discussions among the large group of 60 to 200 participants.

Small Group Facilitators help build community and rapport among small group (eight to twelve) participants and help them find meaning in the program and ways to integrate the concepts into their daily lives.


To submit an application, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Go to:

  • Log in using your netid and password
  • Hover over Volunteer Involvement tab (left hand side)
  • Click on I-Programs Facilitator

Step 2:  All potential facilitators must update their information by answering the following two questions: (1) Why are you interested in facilitating an i-program? (2) Please outline your past experience with facilitation and/or giving presentations. At the bottom of the page, please upload a current resume, and click "Next"

Step 3: This will take you to the current availability tab.  Please check the boxes to the right of each program for all Programs/Dates you are interested in. Click the “Apply” button once done. Your availability can be updated at any time.


Please note due to our prior success in implementing a cohort model (where we use the same lead and small group facilitators for each session of a program during an academic year), preference will be given to applicants who are available for both the fall and spring sessions of the assigned i-Program. 

We cannot provide our i-Programs without the commitment and dedication of our facilitators. In return, facilitators receive the opportunity to engage with students and foster their own leadership skills. But, we also offer facilitators a stipend for each session they facilitate if they qualify based on their work classification with the University. Please note the following classifications are not eligible to receive a stipend, but can still volunteer as a facilitator

  • Faculty & Staff members who are Academic Hourly or Extra Help

  • Graduate Students who are Grad Hourly (unless their appointment is less than 50%) 

  • International Students who are GAs/TAs/RAs (due to workhour restrictions) 


Leadership Certificate Coaches

The Leadership Certificate Program is a multi-semester program designed to provide students with experience and growth in leadership.  It allows students to customize their leadership development through a series of leadership programs, academic courses, and group experiences.  

Each participant is matched with a Leadership Coach who provides insight and advice throughout the program.  Coaching a Certificate student generally takes between five to ten hours a semester or one to two hours a month. Coaches provide mentoring and support as the students implement an individual plan for their leadership growth.

To volunteer as a Leadership Certificate Coach, go to:

  • Log in using your netid and password
  • Hover over Volunteer Involvement tab (left hand side)
  • Click on Certificate Coach

Please answer the questions and attach your resume. Someone from the Illinois Leadership Center will contact you after submission to schedule a coach orientation.


LeaderShape Institute Cluster Facilitators

The Institute by LeaderShape is a nationally-recognized six-day, five-night leadership retreat which takes place in January every year over winter break at Allerton Park Retreat Center. 

LeaderShape Institute Cluster Facilitators work directly with a small group of ten to twelve participants (a Family Cluster) during the LeaderShape Institute to encourage authentic dialogue and enhance learning.

To apply to be a Cluster Facilitator, click here