Get Involved. Make a difference. Be a volunteer.
Make your mark on PMI and the profession. As a member, you can volunteer to work on, and to lead activities that advance the profession and the Institute.
Benefits of Volunteering
Enhance the profession of project management, reap the benefits of expanding connections, and leverage career advancement opportunities all while volunteering with PMI.
Build a Professional Network
Build your professional network by forging lasting relationships with thousands of PMI volunteers and professionals worldwide.
Gain Skills and Experiences
Develop and sharpen vital new skills, including leadership, collaboration and team-building techniques.
Develop as a Leader
Leverage opportunities to develop your personal leadership skills while making a difference in your profession, community, and life.
Advance your leadership skills. Whether you are new to volunteering or an experienced veteran, enhance your leadership skills using our resources available to volunteers.
Leadership Institute offerings are designed to both expand your network and provide you knowledge to develop as a leader in your PMI community and in your professional career.
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There are volunteer opportunities available for everyone no matter how much time you have or whether you want to be involved at a local, national, or global level.
Types of volunteer opportunities include:
- Contribute to the development of professional standards that shape the future of the profession
- Manage local PMI chapters
- Influence the profession by writing and publishing white papers and reviewing project management manuals, books and periodicals
- Help younger professionals build experience and grow their careers
There are many ways that you can contribute to PMI as a volunteer and advance your career. Our volunteer opportunities encompass a wide range of interests, skills and goals, so find the opportunity that’s right for you.
PMI Board of Directors
PMI is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of 15 member-elected directors who serve three-year terms. Three directors, who are elected by others on the Board each year, serve as officers of the Institute. The collective wisdom, experience, diversity and passion of the Board ultimately sets and executes PMI’s core ideology: our core purpose — PMI’s reasons for being, and our core values — the essential and enduring principles that guide PMI. Our vitality and relevance is driven by the PMI Board and its volunteers.
Board Support Committees
PMI has six strategic-level support committees for the PMI Board of Directors. Each committee is tasked with specific deliverables that support the work of the Board. Get more information on the Board support committees.
PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF)
PMIEF has volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Volunteers have the opportunity to make a difference, meet new people, strengthen their skill-sets, and earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining their PMI certifications.
Volunteers support and advance the PMIEF’s mission to promote economic, educational, cultural and social advancement through the application, development and promotion of project management concepts, theories and life skills.
Member Advisory Groups (MAGs)
PMI seeks the advice of our volunteers through member advisory groups. Members volunteer their time, talent and expertise to advise PMI staff on specific operational matters such as awards, chapters, standards and technology.
In an effort to support our chapters throughout the world, 21 region mentors throughout the world provide guidance and leadership to PMI chapter leaders, helping them to develop their leadership capabilities and ensure compliance with PMI policies and directives.
Region mentors support chapter formation, participate in outreach and advocacy efforts and support chapter leaders through communication, collaboration and education.
As the project management profession evolves, we continue to expand and update our library of globally recognized standards. PMI standards are developed through a voluntary consensus process that brings together volunteers and subject matter experts with an interest in the standards’ topics.
This process includes committee meetings, standards program working sessions and exposure drafts, and is part of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) compliance.
Exam Development Volunteers
PMI seeks volunteers to participate in exam development workshops conducted at least once a year in each of the four geographical regions. Participants are randomly selected based on specific selection criteria such as geographic area, years certified, industry and member status.
At these workshops, selected volunteer subject matter experts (SMEs) may be asked to write, review and edit questions for possible use in future PMI certification exams, and/or verify that translations of the certification exams maintain the original intent of the questions.
PMI Awards Evaluator
PMI awards evaluators are virtual volunteers whose commitment makes the PMI professional awards program possible. Volunteers from around the globe represent the world of organizations that rely on project management for success.
Award volunteers use their expertise to independently evaluate award submissions, using the provided award description and confidential evaluation guidelines and rating sheets.
Presenters at PMI Events
Attendees at PMI events hone their skills by learning from and sharing with experts. PMI recruits volunteers regularly to present information or share their experience at events such as global congresses, PMI conferences, chapter events and leadership meetings.
PMI Publications Reviewer
PMI offers a variety of publications with timely updates and powerful knowledge content to keep project management professionals informed and to help them succeed. We need volunteers to review submissions for these publications:
- Knowledge Shelf is a growing resource of articles contributed by project managers to advance the body of knowledge. A panel of volunteer practitioners reviews each article for value and readability prior to posting.
- Bookstore reviewers are asked to review particular offerings of third-party published exam preparation books and materials for sale at the PMI Store.
- Project Management Journal® reviewers contribute to Project Management Journal (PMJ), our peer-refereed academic and research publication. PMJ’s international and multi-disciplinary review team helps choose papers with a continued standard of excellence in terms of quality of content and reputation among the academic community.
Through local PMI chapters, members meet their peers, make new contacts, network, build knowledge, share solutions and ideas, and enjoy activities and events. Volunteer positions with our local chapter range from formal positions (such as president, secretary, vice president of membership, vice president of professional development, vice president of finance and volunteer coordinator) to less formal positions assisting with various events, chapter programs and committees.
These positions offer an exceptional opportunity to build your leadership skills.
Learn, share, network and most of all get inspired with the Leadership Institute.
At PMI, we value our volunteers. We want you to succeed and grow your leadership skills. That’s why we’ve created the Leadership Institute, an extraordinary program to develop you as a leader.
Through the Leadership Institute, you’ll find that your time invested in volunteering for PMI pays huge dividends.
Our offerings will expand your network and provide the knowledge needed to develop as a leader in your PMI community and your professional career.
Volunteer Resource Center
This online destination has everything you need as a volunteer leader in one spot. You can access documents, forms, tools and information you need to effectively perform your role, whether you are serving as a leader of a PMI chapter or as a member of one of PMI’s global advisory groups or committees. Learn more about the valuable resources available.
Leadership Institute Master Class
A leadership development program for chapter leaders who aspire to develop their leadership capabilities and are committed to applying this knowledge for the betterment of PMI, their chapter and the project management profession. Learn more.
Leadership Institute Volunteer Planning Meeting
An annual planning meeting that brings together approximately 200 of PMI’s global volunteers supporting our advisory groups, board support committees, and region mentors. This valuable meeting serves as an onboarding for new global volunteers, and provides opportunities for development, interaction and most importantly, planning for the new year.