Interested in helping Cooper and getting involved as an alum?

We invite you to share your time and expertise as a volunteer! Alumni volunteers are important partners for Cooper and work to strengthen ties with one another and with the broader Cooper community year-round. Ongoing volunteer positions include:

  • Serving as a Class Anchor for your class year and degree
  • Serving as a Reunion Class Anchor during your milestone Reunion year
  • Serving as a Regional Representative for alumni in your geographic area

These volunteer positions entail reaching out to fellow alumni with specific messages from the school, keeping them abreast of news and events, and at times asking them to make a gift to Cooper.

Looking for other ways to make an impact? One-off volunteer activities include:

  • Getting involved in one of our alumni affinity groups
  • Hosting a meet-up in your area during our annual February Cooper Together celebration
  • Supporting students and fellow alumni through the Center for Career Development by sharing job and internship opportunities, recruiting through job fairs, or providing career guidance and mentoring

CUAA LogoThe Cooper Union Alumni Association is a volunteer-based alumni-led organization. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, from joining a committee to contributing at a Council meeting. For more information on volunteering with the CUAA, contact contact@cooperalumni.org.

Volunteers are integral to the success of annual events such as Cooper Together and Reunion, and to uniting the Cooper community throughout the year. They allow Cooper to increase our capacity and reach more alumni. Please consider giving back. Your time is a valuable contribution to The Cooper Union.

Contact Alumni Affairs at alumni@cooper.edu if you are interested in signing up as a volunteer and being a point of connection for the Cooper community!

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.