Student fundraisers are essential to helping advance the mission of the university by building and maintaining strong relationships with alumni, parents, and friends of WashU.

Reporting relationships

Reports to: Engagement Center Manager

Essential duties/responsibilities

The goal of a student fundraiser is to successfully contact WashU’s alumni, parents, and friends in the effort to enhance relationships and represent the university in a friendly manner, provide institutional updates, collect demographic information, and secure Annual Fund financial support.

This position requires excellent communications skills, a problem-solving mentality, the ability to think on your feet in a fast-paced environment, and a genuine affinity for Washington University. Working on the Engagement Center team is a great opportunity to improve your communication, fundraising, networking, and public relations skills for life after WashU.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as an ambassador of WashU by establishing an open and engaging line of communication between the university and its supporters
  • Gain an understanding of the university, its organizational structure, and its annual needs for financial support
  • Contact alumni, parents, and friends to build rapport and solicit donations
  • Update constituent contact information
  • Conduct self as a professional and polite representative of Washington University
  • Collect and enter accurate demographic data and results codes
  • Meet/exceed goals as outlined by the center manager including, but not limited to, efficiency and statistical performance
  • Fulfill scheduled or required shifts set forth by center manager



  • Currently enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Articulate command of the English language with strong oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively on the phone and in person
  • Proficient basic computer skills
  • Complete and pass new-hire training
  • Must be able to work in an environment where the noise level is moderate


  • Positive, energetic attitude
  • Strong desire to achieve goals and accept direction
  • Solid organizational and time management skills
  • Comfort speaking on the phone with individuals of all backgrounds, generations, and experiences


  • Remote work opportunity and flexible schedule
  • Both undergraduate and graduate students welcome
  • No FWS required and F-1/J-1 Visa eligible
  • Competitive wages with potential for bonuses and picking up extra shifts
  • Opportunities for leadership experience and professional development
  • No prior fundraising experience required—training and ongoing coaching is provided
  • Resume building—develop strong public relations, fundraising, communication, and marketing skills
  • Networking—connect with alumni, parents, and friends from a large variety of professions, areas of the country, and passions for the university
  • RNL offers full-time career opportunities in many different areas, all of which are available for Engagement Ambassadors to apply for upon graduation. Having experience working at the Engagement Center gives perspective into higher education fundraising that is extremely desirable. Additionally, RNL offers two career path options for ambassadors, allowing them to secure a full time role while finishing their senior year.

Center hours and location

6:00–9:00 p.m. CST

Alumni House
6510 Wallace Circle
St. Louis, MO 63105

Until further notice, all Engagement Center activities will be conducted virtually and work shifts may be completed remotely.

(The physical Engagement Center is located in the Washington University Alumni House on the South 40 of the Danforth Campus. Our direct door is located on the west side of the building across from the WashU Wash, near the clock tower.)

Applications for the position of student fundraiser currently are being accepted. Email to learn more.