The University of Iowa offers many opportunities for students to engage with philanthropy and learn about the numerous ways it positively affects their UI experience.

Meet Phil

At the University of Iowa, Phil stands for philanthropy. Phil represents our alumni and friends who support the UI, as well as those—students, faculty, and the larger UI community—who benefit from their generosity. Phil is everywhere at Iowa—from learning in classrooms and researching in labs to building new facilities and giving back to others.

Life with Phil Talk

Life with Phil is a biannual lecture series where a UI philanthropist shares their story and journey at Iowa. The program highlights the impact of philanthropy and inspires our campus community to engage with philanthropy in their own lives.

To view previous talks, visit our Life with Phil archive.


UI students who join the Student Advancement Network serve as selected representatives of the student body to network with UI alumni and donors. Student Advancement Network members also can educate their peers about the importance of philanthropy and engagement, their different forms, and how they enhance their UI experience. Learn more about our current Student Advancement Network leadership.

For more information, contact Holly Jones at


The University of Iowa Office of the President and the University of Iowa Student Advancement Network have partnered to create Student Impact Grants, which provide funding for a variety of undergraduate and graduate student activities outside of the classroom, such as research, travel, and service projects. Our goal is to enable students to pursue opportunities that might not otherwise be possible without financial assistance.


Join a team of caring people on a two-week summer service trip in Romania, Ecuador, or Cuba to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. Nurture babies and toddlers in daycare settings, help children practice conversational English skills, and assist with community projects that benefit youth. UI student scholarships are available.


In this one-year, full-time paid position with benefits, the Williams Fellow will get to “test drive” a career in philanthropy and alumni engagement by working at the UI Center for Advancement. The fellow also will develop a full understanding of the UI Center for Advancement by rotating through its various departments.

By spending time with a variety of teams, including alumni engagement, annual giving, and alumni and donor relations, the fellow will gain a deep understanding of the collaborative nature of the UI Center for Advancement. The fellow also will work closely with student engagement staff to coordinate student group efforts and campus events.

Qualifications: Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in the past year, or be on track to graduate in May. Individuals should demonstrate an interest in nonprofit or alumni relations work and/or fundraising through classes or volunteer opportunities on the UI campus or in the greater community. Applications are typically accepted starting in January with a February deadline. Apply here.


Our summer internship program provides a meaningful opportunity for interns to learn more about the impact of alumni engagement and philanthropic support on the university and the possibility of pursuing their career goals within nonprofit or higher education settings. The internship includes unit-based project work directed by the mentor, professional development programming delivered by UI Center for Advancement leadership, and opportunities to accompany UICA fundraisers as they attend meetings with donors. The 11-week, full-time paid experience provides opportunities for students with career aspirations in advancement/fundraising as well as a range of operational areas such as finance, information technology, and human resources. Applications are accepted at the beginning of the spring semester. Apply here.

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