At UpTurnships, you’re more than a coach: using your highest skill set you’re creating a career network for emerging young professionals who need your expertise to guide them into becoming the next generation of successful business leaders.

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Becoming a Coach

UpTurnships is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers who are successful professionals and strong fits for the program. Our volunteers believe in an equitable economy and strive to create a more diverse and inclusive corporate culture. They share their time, talent and network with students from underrepresented socioeconomic groups and help transform their lives by supporting their strong and sustainable transition into the workforce.

All our volunteers see potential in the young people we serve and value the kind of teamwork and collaboration that comes with such an extraordinary effort. They are open minded, respectful and kind committed to celebrating diversity and cultivating inclusion. Our volunteers often return to our program each year as they recognize the powerful feeling of their significant contributions to the success of exceptional young professionals in our community.

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Interview Coach

  • Coaches will work with UpTurnships candidates to prepare them for interviewing. 

  • Coaches will have 2 sessions with the candidate: one session to work on their resume and the other to practice interviewing skills.

  • Estimated time commitment is 2-4 hours per candidate.


Subject Matter Expert

  • Subject Matter Experts (SME's) will work with UpStarts (UpTurns working on project-based work) to provide guidance on their assigned projects.

  • The SME will lead a session to guide UpStarts on their projects for a few hours each week.

  • The SME will help the UpStart review scope and deliverables of their project.

  • Estimated time commitment is 10-12 hours over 12 weeks.


Program Coach

  • Coaches will work 1:1 with 3-4 UpTurns.

  • Coaches will provide guidance and feedback to UpTurns as they learn critical soft business skills. They will also work with UpTurns on resume and interview skills as they prepare for their next position.

  • Estimated time commitment is 20-30 hours over 12 weeks.

To connect with UpTurnships regarding volunteer opportunities contact our

Director of Volunteer Management.

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Marianne Malko, Coach

"I think every coach would say we are most proud of the on-going relationship with the alums. They are such amazing people, its fun to hear all of their accomplishments - both professional and personal. We have seen our alums get their first full-time job, get promoted, graduate from Master’s degrees, get married, have children - all are celebrations of life"