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GSA is enriched by the breadth of members’ experiences and perspectives. There are numerous ways to get involved with GSA throughout your career. Time commitments vary; some opportunities are yearlong, others are for just a few weeks. 

Call for Volunteers (June 15-July 15, 2020)

GSA is recruiting volunteers for several positions to begin in January 2021. We are seeking members who are eager to make a difference and committed to enhancing the field of gerontological research, education and practice.

What positions are available?

Reference the Volunteer Guide for position descriptions, duties, and eligibility requirements or click APPLY TODAY below to see the list of volunteer opportunities on GSA Connect (must be logged into GSA Connect to access).

APPLY TODAY

Applications must be submitted between June 15-July 15

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a volunteer position?

Login to GSA Connect, click on “Volunteer” in the top toolbar, and select “Volunteer Opportunities” from the drop-down menu. You will see a list of all the opportunities available. Click on an opportunity to see more information and if interested, click on “Apply Now” and complete the brief form.

Can I apply for more than one volunteer opportunity?

Yes. You can apply for as many positions as interest you. However, members will only be appointed to serve in one position at a time.

Do I need to include my CV with the volunteer application?

It depends on the position. We suggest saving your CV as a pdf with your first name last name (Jane Doe_CV) in advance so it is ready to upload as part of the application process if needed. Include GSA activities on your CV.

How long are the volunteer terms?

Volunteer terms vary by position. Some are just a few months and others for a year or more. The length of term is included in the position description.

Are there opportunities to volunteer for my section?

Yes. GSA sections have various opportunities, including assisting with the selection of award recipients, selecting Fellows and helping develop the section program for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Section-specific opportunities will include “for all sections” as part of the position title or will have the specific section name in the opportunity.

You can also filter the list by section-specific opportunities by clicking on the “Show Filter” button at the top of the Volunteer Opportunities page, clicking on the “Types of Opportunities” button and selecting “Section Volunteer”.  

Are volunteer opportunities available throughout the year?

Yes. GSA has opportunities opening up year-round. Check out the Get Involved page on the website and the Volunteer Opportunities page on GSA Connect to learn about available opportunities.

Careers in Aging Week (CIAW)

People are living longer and the number of older adults is increasing. The demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) is observed annually during the first full week of April by universities, colleges, and other organizations with special events in their communities across the world. The goal of CIAW is to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in aging and aging research. Volunteers can plan to promote CIAW on their campus by requesting a promotion kit and holding an event on campus. 

When: First full week of April
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Mentor Match

Are you looking to be a mentor or mentee?  This opportuity in GSA Connect is designed to enhance your professional development through a unique online career networking tool. Mentor Match is user-driven, allowing registered Mentees to search among registered Mentors using specified criteria to find individuals whose experience and expertise match areas in which they wish to be mentored. Likewise, registered Mentors can search for and identify potential Mentees. Your mentor or mentee can be in your city or across the world!

When: Year-round
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GSA Connect

Members are encouraged to use GSA Connect as an online networking and information sharing resource. Volunteers in this area will be asked to start discussions in the Open Forum and reply to discussions to keep conversations moving. Discussion topics can include new resources, questions about career development, research assistance, and more. Volunteers are asked to post or reply to a discussion at minimum of six times per year.

When: Year-round with reminders via e-mail
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GSA Journal Peer Reviewers

All GSA journals are peer-reviewed and are open to new reviewers at any time. To serve as regular peer-reviewer, please go to the specific journal submission site, create an account, and enter your area(s) of expertise via keywords. Your expertise areas will be used by the editors when identifying reviewers for submitted manuscripts. If selected as a potential reviewer, you will receive an invitation to review from the editorial office.

  • The Journals of Gerontology, Series A
  • The Journals of Gerontology, Series B
  • The Gerontologist  
    • The Gerontologist also offers two opportunities for new/novice reviewers. The description can be found in The Gerontologist, bullet 15 under Instructions to Authors here.   
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Ambassador Program

The GSA Ambassador Program spreads awareness of the field of gerontology, and serves as a networking tool linking individuals with an interest in gerontology to GSA. Ambassadors serve a one-year term with the option to continue their role.

When: There are two cohorts of ambassadors, spring and fall with enrollment deadlines of January 31 and August 31, respectively.
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Abstract Peer Review

The abstract peer review process is process is an important step in the creation of a strong program for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Reviewers are asked to select a GSA section and session codes (categories) of abstracts to review. Each reviewer will receive approximately 15 abstracts to review, score, and provide feedback. Abstract reviews are completed online and due within two weeks of being assigned. The abstract review period is end of March through early April.

When: Members are recruited at the end of February 
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Annual Scientific Meeting Volunteer

This is an opportunity for members to participate and contribute their time to GSA while networking with other professionals and students at the Annual Scientific Meeting. In exchange for eight hours of volunteer support, GSA will extend a complimentary full meeting registration. There are a limited number of volunteer positions. Applications are available on a first come first serve basis to GSA ESPO (Student and Transitional) members first. 

Please note—all the volunteer positions for the 2019 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting are filled.   

 

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