Volunteering is a fantastic and rewarding opportunity to learn new skills, make connections, and be part of valuable conversations – come and join us!
Our volunteers play a vital role in our success, providing valuable activities, resources, and input into our work as an Institute. We are owned by our members and as a not-for-profit organisation our volunteers help us reach our goals, deliver great membership experiences and influence the future of internal communication.
The bigger our community, the bigger our impact.
We have volunteers from across the profession representing a range of organisations from public and private sector plus agencies and freelancers. If you’d like to get involved with the IoIC, there are a range of opportunities to do so for all our members. From helping to support and deliver a range of activities to include our regional and career stage networks, to our ambassadors raising the profile of the profession to attract future talent, or as an advisor to input into our work in driving internal communication of the highest standards.
Whatever topic of interest or activity you would like to contribute to, there is an opportunity for you.
There are many benefits to volunteering and in return for your passion and involvement you will have the opportunity to:
Connect with like-minded peers: You will be part of our valuable volunteer community where you will meet and work with other IC professionals. Not only will you make valuable connections you will also have the opportunity to be part of conversations and activities that will help advance your IC practice.
Develop your skills: You will have the opportunity to develop your skills from writing, facilitating, speaking and event organisation, to name a few. Volunteering also counts towards IoIC CPD and you can build valuable points to record and demonstrate your achievements to your employer.
Influence the agenda: As part of our volunteer community you will have opportunity to influence the work of the IoIC and also help create content and resources that supports the learning and development of our profession. Volunteers help us to deliver our mission to promote the impact of internal communication on organisations and working lives.
While we already have a variety of ways for you to participate, we are always open to innovation, and we would love your input around new ideas and activities you would like to see developed.
To give you an idea of what this looks like in practice we have detailed below some of volunteer roles and expectations.
Taking on role to lead a regional network or become actively involved in organising activities for the regional network. We currently have regional networks for Scotland, North, Central, London, South, South West and Ireland.
Designing and leading activities to support the IC professionals at their specific career stage. We currently have two career stage networks, FutureNet – a dedicated network for IC professionals who have been in the profession for under 3 years and LeadersNet – a network for senior IC professionals working at Head of Level or above.
We are also keen to expand our networks so if you would like to be part of leading a new network for your career stage we would be delighted to hear from you.
Being an #IChoseIC Ambassador is not only an engaging, rewarding and interesting experience, but also an opportunity to encourage and support the next generation of internal comms professionals. Ambassadors are called upon to support various events and initiatives to encourage new and diverse talent to join the internal communication profession.
Advisory board volunteers provide input, oversight, and feedback across our activities to include professional development, content and ethics.
*Please be aware our Advisory Boards are currently at capacity, when vacancies occur we will advertise to members
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please do complete the form below. We’re continuously looking to expand our community and we’re very happy to arrange informal conversations for anyone who wants to find out more. We also have a listing for specific volunteer roles we are recruiting for so please do take a look at that page.
We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming you to our enthusiastic team of volunteers!
Volunteering for the IoIC has pushed me out of my comfort zone and given me skills I didn’t even contemplate when I said yes to being part of the FutureNet committee. I’ve run networking events, spoken at a conference (still can’t quite believe I managed that one) and had the opportunity to interview some real IC gurus on webinars. I guess what I’m saying is that: yes volunteering is good for the body you’re doing it for but, more selfishly, it’s good for you too!
Being a board director of the IoIC is both a privilege and a pleasure. I’m incredibly passionate about continued professional development and I think the IoIC does a great job in supporting IC professionals as they develop their careers. I enjoy being part of the team that provides unrivalled professional support to the internal comms industry. And I highly recommend becoming an IoIC volunteer to anyone with a passion for great internal comms; not only will you get a lot from it personally, you’ll be giving something back to the industry we’re all so passionate about.
Governance Group and Board Director
Through my IoIC membership I have been fortunate to experience being a mentor, an ambassador, a content contributor and now a leader of my regional network committee. All of these things have been incredibly rewarding.
Network Lead - IoIC Central