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Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome to CFAW’s Volunteer Opportunities. This is where you can view annual volunteer opportunities and see if there is something that fits your interests, expertise, and schedule. There are both short-term opportunities to assist at events, as well as CFAW’s one-year term committee volunteer positions. You must be a current CFAW member to volunteer.

When you are ready to apply, complete and submit the Volunteer Application here, or at the bottom of this page.

Opportunities will be posted throughout the year, so check back often to learn about new opportunities!

Current Volunteer Opportunities


Programs & Education Committee

This committee helps plan the Society’s education programs and events throughout the year. Volunteers for this committee are divided into specialty areas that CFAW wishes to focus on and meet to come up with suggested program topics and possible speakers within their area of focus. If you are new to CFAW and wanting to “check us out” or only have limited time to volunteer, then the Events Operations Task Force is the best way to engage with our community as a volunteer.

    • Alternative Investments Subcommittee
      Members of this subcommittee are knowledgeable, passionate and engaged in alternative investments. From real estate to private equity, this subcommittee has its finger on the pulse of ALTS and recommends topics and presenters to the Education Committee for the Society to host.
    • ESG Subcommittee
      Volunteers in this group are actively involved in ESG and therefore well positioned to recommend timely, relevant ESG topics to the Education Committee for the Society to host.
    • Event Operations Task Force
      This is the ultimate “micro-volunteer” opportunity.  Volunteer at an individual program or event for typically two or more hours. Activities include greeting and directing attendees or assisting with the registration check-in process. As these individual opportunities arise, an email will be circulated to all event operations volunteers to solicit interest. Volunteers will then be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

External Relations Committee

This committee performs outreach to the regional employers and local universities to raise awareness of the substance and value of CFAW and the CFA Charter. External Relations Committee volunteers attend committee meetings, engage local colleges and employers, help to foster ongoing relationships with those universities and employers, and promote CFAW as thought leaders in the industry. Requirements: Passionate about promoting the CFA Program, ability to donate 1-3 hours per month, and most of all, a sense of humor.

    • External Relations Committee – Employer Ambassadors
      Be the “go-to person” in your firm for everything CFAW and the CFA Charter. Help increase the brand awareness of CFAW, its values, and the benefits of having CFA Charterholders on Share awareness of the Charter, CFAW’s work, programs, its available resources, and network. Employer Ambassadors can extend the committee’s reach in promoting the profession, building active participation and strategic partnerships, all while expanding their own network in the DC metro area. Preferred Qualifications: Passionate about CFAW, its mission and network, eager to expand your personal network and leverage existing contacts to promote CFAW and the CFA Program.
    • External Relations Committee – University Relations
      Connect with local universities and share information regarding the CFA Charter, the ESG Certificate, and related career paths to groups of interested students. Help them understand how the CFA Charter can assist them in achieving future career goals. Preferred Qualifications: Passionate about promoting the CFA Program, attained the CFA Charter and/or the ESG Certificate in the last 2-3 years, contacts at one or more universities in the DC area, and willing to speak to university students.

Member Engagement Committee

This committee manages CFAW’s mentor program and organizes events such as social gatherings, book clubs, volunteer opportunities, local competitions, etc. Identify which efforts are most popular among CFAW members and suggest new ideas, ensuring that a diverse set of interests among CFAW members are served.

    • Mentor Program
      Work with the Mentor Program Lead to launch the FY24 program, match mentees and mentors, and ensure the future success of the program.
    • Member Organized Events – Happy Hours
      Organize virtual or in-person networking happy hours in DC, VA, and MD.
    • Member Organized Events – CFA Exam Prep
      Organize regular study sessions for CFA exam candidates for Levels 1, 2, or 3.
    • Member Organized Events – Themed Events
      Organize events geared towards the interest of members (crypto, AI, sustainable finance, running or bike races, wine enthusiasts, car shows, etc.).
    • Member Organized Events – Digital Engagement
      Increase digital member engagement (be a CFAW online community super user, like or share CFAW social media content, and more).

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