Volunteer Engagement

Give Rice students a professional edge — the Owl Edge!

Rice students’ knowledge, creativity and work ethic have always set them apart. But today, employers expect graduates to have real-world experience that hones their professional edge. We want to give every Rice student access to professional experience. To do that, we need you, Rice alumni, parents and friends. To host students at your workplace, to pave the way for summer-long internships and to support student experiences through philanthropy.

Owl Edge Externships are one- to five-day job-shadowing externships hosted by alumni, parents and friends designed to give an undergraduate student a tangible, realistic idea of a day in the life of your career field. 

Owl Edge Internships provide summer professional experience designed to help students grow intellectually, enhance professional knowledge and skills, and make a positive impact on an organization or field of research.

The Owl Edge Experience Fund provides stipends to students interning or doing research with nonprofit and governmental agencies where compensation is limited or not provided.

Host an Owl Edge Internship

Rice is seeking internship opportunities for the summer of 2017. Owl Edge Internships are 8-12 week summer professional experiences with a strong Rice connection designed to help students grow intellectually, enhance professional knowledge and skills, and make a positive impact on an organization or field of research.

2017 Goal — 65 internships exclusively for Rice students

As a host, you create an opportunity within your organization and serve as a mentor to your student and help them learn more about your profession, company and industry. Interns arrange travel and funding, including those who receive support from the Owl Edge Experience Fund. The Center for Career Development (CCD) works with host organizations to develop job descriptions, post the internship opportunity and schedule interviews, while the host organization interviews and selects the intern(s).

To discuss creating internship opportunities for Rice students, please contact Mariah Lawhon ’16, assistant director of alumni programs, at mcl8@rice.edu.

Host an Owl Edge Externship

Owl Edge Externships are one- to five-day job-shadowing experiences designed to give undergraduate students a tangible, realistic idea of a day in the life in your career field. Job-shadowing may include touring your facility, sharing your career path, observing you at staff or client meetings, interviewing other colleagues, and visiting with the human resource professional to understand career opportunities.


Sign up now to host a one- to five-day 2017 Owl Edge Externship:

Spring Break 
March 13-17, 2017
Deadline to register: Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

To register your Owl Edge Externship opportunity, visit ccd.rice.edu/externship.

To discuss creating externship opportunities for Rice students, please contact Mariah Lawhon ’16, assistant director of alumni programs, at mcl8@rice.edu.

Volunteer for Rice

Volunteers across Rice help strengthen the university with their experience and expertise. Through a variety of opportunities spanning interests and spanning the globe, we hope to connect the Rice community to volunteer positions that are meaningful not only for the university, but for the volunteer.

To find more Rice volunteer opportunities that make perfect sense for you, visit the recently launched volunteer.rice.edu.

Your company name here

A remarkable range of companies and organizations hosted Owl Edge Externships in winter and spring 2016:​

  • Amazon
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department
  • Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants (BakerRisk)
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Community Health Choice
  • Covestro
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • e-Bay
  • Escape Family Resources
  • Glenda Dawson High School
  • GMO
  • Harris County Probate Court No. 2
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • International Diamond Services
  • Joe Tea
  • Katy ISD
  • Labatt Foods
  • Law Office of Michael Moore
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Lovett
  • Marathon Oil
  • MD Anderson
  • MedPipeline Inc.
  • Molecular Rebar Design
  • Music with Friends
  • Nature Conservancy
  • NEP
  • New York Prison System
  • Nike, Inc
  • Olson & Olson LLP
  • PLS Logistics Services
  • Pritzker Group
  • Private Medical Practice
  • ProteusDigital Health
  • PureWRX, Inc.
  • SHF Enterprises, Inc.
  • SilverTech Ventures
  • SpanTran
  • Spoonr
  • Spring Branch ISD
  • Tachyus
  • Teach For America
  • Texas Fair Defense Project
  • The Neurology Center
  • Theatre Under The Stars
  • Tohme Consulting Associates
  • Twitter, Inc.
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • United States a Department of Justice
  • Whole Foods Market
  • YES Prep Public Schools
  • Zebra Capital Management


Major Experience

“Actual career experience is the only way to see if you will like a job. A lot of fantasies are kept over four years in college, but on this externship you get to experience what the next 40 years would be like. I think job shadowing should be mandatory before people choose a major.”

— Brandi Ransom ’18, Natural Sciences, spring 2015 extern

Volunteer Leadership

The Initiative for Students Cabinet and Commission provide leadership and inspire their fellow alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends to contribute their time and expertise to Rice students.

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Opportunities for Support

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