Get Involved

Your extracurricular activities and hobbies tell colleges things about you such as: whether you can manage your time, maintain a long-term commitment, and what unique qualities you bring to the college.

More Reasons Why You Should Get Involved!

  • You’ll work with people who can help you shape your life.
  • You’ll explore potential career interests.
  • You’ll have a better chance of earning scholarships.
  • You’ll make new friends.
  • It’s fun!

When Choosing Extracurricular Activities, Here Are A Few Tips:

  • Colleges want to see commitment and a passion in extracurricular activities.
  • Focus on a few key activities and excel in those areas.
  • Make sure the activities reflect your individuality!

Check Out These Local Volunteer Opportunities:

  • The Doseum
    •  High Students (14+) in the program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service through designated training dates and weekly hours of service during the Summer and Fall/Spring cohosts. 
  • Botanical Garden San Antonio
    • Youth Volunteers (Ages 14 -17) help both horticulture and informal education. Volunteers will learn about general gardening while working with a horticulture staff member on watering, planting, weeding, raking etc., and gain public speaking skills through various informal education programs. 
  • San Antonio Zoo
    • Teens 13-17 years old, who are passionate about conservation, animal care, science, and education will gain practical experience and develop skills in educational interpretation while acting to secure a future for wildlife. Wildlife Allies support the zoo’s mission to Love, Engage, Act, and Protect animals and the places they live. These like-minded teens who are passionate about nature will mentor future generations, inspire guests of all ages, help protect the environment, and participate in community science. 
  • The McNay Art Museum
    • Opportunity to volunteer for Sophomores or Juniors in the San Antonio Area – Teen Art Guides (TAGs) are a group of creative and, dedicated high school juniors and seniors who love art, have an interest in museums, and want to gain experience in event planning and community engagement.  
  • Red Cross
    • Red Cross Club Member – High school and college students can join or start a Red Cross Club, doing service and educational projects to benefit school and community.  College Student Internship – Current college students can intern in areas relevant to their studies, building professional skills & gaining real world work experience. 
  • Just Serve
    • Just Serve believes in the power of community service and volunteering to build unity in the community. Search their site to find local volunteer opportunities where you live.
  • ArtPace
    • A nine-month, paid program designed for San Antonio area high school students (15-18 years old) to become advocates for contemporary art and young leaders in their community. Teen Council members work with Artpace staff and artists to develop teen programs, support Artpace events, and create community-based projects throughout the school year.
  • Animal Care Services
    • Animal Care Services’ Shelter Paws program lets you take a dog for the day – or even a few hours – in the hopes of making that dog more friendly and adoptable, and giving the dog a break from the shelter! Take a walk in the park, go for a hike or a run, watch a movie at home, or get a puppuccino! 
  • San Antonio Food Bank
    • SA Food Bank has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, ranging from their sorting room, warehouse, curbside and mobile distributions. You can also volunteer in their community kitchen, garden and farm, and more. 
  • Special Olympics Texas
    • Special Olympics volunteers dedicate their time to helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams. You can volunteer to fundraise, coach, chaperone, drive, or train Special Olympics athletes. 
  • United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
    • United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County provides a wide array of volunteering opportunities such as reading to children and helping at an Animal Care Expo. Volunteers can also help clear houses affected by disasters or volunteer at a nursing home, among many other opportunities. 
  • Fun 4 Alamo Kids
    • Fun 4 Alamo Kids lists organizations, events, and places where families can volunteer with their kids and where teens can complete their required volunteer hours for school in the SATX area. They have many volunteer opportunities on their website, including theatre, museum, and literacy volunteering among many.  
  • Habitat for Humanity San Antonio
    • Habitat for Humanity allows volunteers to help with the construction of affordable housing. Volunteers can also raise funds, work in the offices, feed hungry volunteers, work at Habitat for Humanity’s Home Centers, and more. 
  • Haven for Hope
    • Haven for Hope is a homeless shelter that allows volunteers to provide support to various departments across the shelter. Volunteers can interact directly with individuals experiencing homelessness. Opportunities include facilitating classes, assisting with answering and directing phone calls, filing or data entry projects, and providing hygiene items to clients, as needed. 
  • SAMMinistries
    • SAMMinistries is an organization that prevents homelessness and offers several volunteer opportunities. Opportunities include gardening, helping children with their homework, hosting family enrichment events, monitoring the library, childcare, and many more.  
  • Spare Parts
    • SpareParts is currently seeking volunteers to help with sorting, organizing, and pricing material donations at the Center for Creative Reuse. These donations are used to create art with supplies that would otherwise be thrown away or underutilized.  
  • The Witte Museum
    • The Witte Museum has volunteer opportunities that include assisting visitors in the Museum galleries, supporting museum staff, assisting campers with fun, and hands-on learning experiences. Volunteers can also help with large special events such as large fundraisers like the Game Dinner and Cocktails and Cultures, or assisting “behind the scenes” with the museum’s administrative or collections teams. 
  • Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation
    • Volunteers at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation can help with the daily dishes and laundry, transport animals and donations, help make diets, and feed animals. Volunteers can also help rescue injured or abandoned wildlife.  

Internship Opportunities:

  • San Antonio Manufacturers Association
    • SAMA connects members with internship opportunities through a partnership with Alamo Academies, offering high-demand STEM curriculums to high school students. Students in these programs learn about high-demand career pathways through a hands-on curriculum that equips them to make better decisions on their educational and career plans after high school graduation.
  • TDIndustries
    • TDIndustries established its High School Internship Program to provide future tradespeople an early hands-on understanding of TD, its culture and career opportunities. Paid Internship, 8-10 weeks from June – August. Hands-on training in construction, manufacturing or facilities management.
  • Family Service
    • The summer internship program provides paid, part-time internships for middle and high school students across San Antonio to build career opportunities and goals. Family Service partners with a variety of organizations within various industries to pair every person with the right organization for them.
  • UT Health San Antonio
      • A year-round program for high school, college, premed, or pre-PhD students designed to provide an intensive, hands-on, discovery-rich, creative and interdisciplinary research experience. This is a unique experience in learning and interdisciplinary research, with senior investigators serving as mentors and role models. Trainees will have opportunities to work in one of three broad areas: immunology, molecular pathogenesis, or genetics/clinical epidemiology. 
  • CPS Energy
    • The CPS Energy Internship Program is designed to meet the industry’s rapidly changing workforce needs by providing local San Antonio high school and college students with public utility career experience. Through the internship program students are paired with a mentor to acquire meaningful hands-on experience that expands their understanding of how the industry works and exposes them to essential skills they must acquire or develop to be successful. 
  • The Alamo
    • The Alamo offers 10-week internships year-round to students enrolled in high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs. Our internships offer professional experience in areas of study such as conservation, information technology, marketing, history, accounting and more. Internship availability is dependent on mentor availability and upcoming projects. 


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