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Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference in your community by serving as a mentor and modeling the college pathway to K-12 students
  • Teach STEM literacy and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers
  • Practice communication to non-technical audiences on science and engineering topics
  • Learn new skills through workshops led by USC staff and faculty
  • Join a community of other passionate USC Viterbi undergraduate and graduate students

Whether you are looking for a meaningful way to spend a Saturday or a long-term commitment to a school or program, we have a range of opportunities to get involved.


Volunteer as an Individual

Free enough for a one-time commitment? Volunteer at one of our K-12 STEM Center events like MESA Day, Hour of Code, or Robotics Open House. Spend the day with other USC Viterbi undergraduates while inspiring K-12 students to pursue STEM majors and careers!


The K-12 STEM Center has a long history of partnering with recognized Viterbi student groups to support their missions of inspiring and empowering future generations of engineers by delivering STEM outreach in the community. Many Viterbi Student Groups partner with the K-12 STEM Center to support their community outreach efforts with K-12 students, benefiting from the K-12 STEM Center's local network of schools and K-12 education expertise. 

Student orgs, get in touch with the K-12 STEM Center here.


Join the Viterbi Impact Program (VIP)

VIP volunteers are undergraduate engineering students committed to a semester or more of volunteering in the community and service-learning activities. Volunteers are placed with a local school or Viterbi K-12 STEM Center program depending on their experience & interest as recorded in your selected the VIP Pathway.

The Spring 2022 application will open early January!

VIP Pathways

This year the Viterbi Impact Program is a little different. Students will no longer be able to request to work on specific programs but will rank their preferences for topic pathways. 

The three topic pathways are:

Computer Science Coaching

Help CS educators (Grades K-12) learn to teach CS by supporting and leading CS training sessions and inspiring students to pursue CS with classroom visits to talk about your CS journey and lead CS activities.

K-8 STEM Activities

Support our facilitators in leading engaging STEM activities for elementary and middle school students.

College/Career Skills and Experience

Work with middle and high school students, teachers, and families of students to share the value of STEM education and support students and families on their college and career journeys.

VIP Timeline 2022

Viterbi Impact Program participants attend workshops to focus on personal and professional development in the aim to achieve positive community engagement outcomes. See examples of past VIP workshops on our YouTube channel.


Q&A For Viterbi Students

Join our Volunteer Newsletter

and be notified about ways to get involved with signature K-12 STEM Center events like Code Dojo/Computer Science Education Week in December, MESA Day in March, and Robotics Education Week in April!

Faculty and community members looking to get involved, please visit our site for non-student volunteers here.

All volunteers and USC K-12 STEM Center employees will be subject to training and compliance with USC policies for the protection of minors.

Published on January 8th, 2020

Last updated on April 27th, 2022