Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) Program

Since its pilot class in 2013, the Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) Program prepares IEEE volunteers for leadership roles in their local units and beyond. As of December 2020, over 350 volunteers have graduated from the VoLT Program. Our VoLT graduates represent all 10 IEEE Regions, and over 100 Sections. As a testament to the success of the program, graduates are taking positions of leadership across all levels of the organization.

2021 VoLT Program

The 2021 VoLT Program will accept applications from 1 June 2021 through 21 July 2021. The link to the application will be posted here during the application period - check back soon.

The VoLT Program invites volunteers who have a desire to continue growing as IEEE volunteers and lead their local units to complete the program’s prerequisite courses, and apply for the program when the application opens in June. For more information, please visit our website.

2021 VoLT Program Call for Participation Flyer

About the Program

The VoLT Program's three goals are to:

  • Accelerate volunteers' knowledge of the IEEE's organization, products, services, and resources
  • Help volunteers understand their roles within their local units and within the entire organization
  • Create a succession tool that develops and prepares future IEEE volunteer leaders

The program starts in September and lasts three months. It consists of weekly live webinars focused on leadership topics. Our guest speakers are highly experienced and passionate senior IEEE volunteers.

Program Mentorship

An integral part of the VoLT Program has been mentorship. Mentors are assigned to every student to answer questions, discuss topics covered throughout the program, and help navigate their mentee navigate the complex IEEE structure.

Program Project

Accepted candidates will be assigned into teams to work on their group project. Teams are instructed to come up with new ideas to implement in their local units. Towards the end of the program, teams submit a business plan and a video. The Mentors’ Panel judges and selects the top three projects, and at the end of the program, all projects are shared with the participants’ respective Section and Region leadership.

Log into the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence to view projects created by our past teams

Application Requirements

A strong candidate for the VoLT Program will meet the following requirements:

  • Completed all eight prerequisite courses in the CLE
  • Two or more years of experience as an IEEE volunteer
  • Is a Graduate Student Member or higher
  • Has not yet served as a Section Chair
  • An interest in becoming a future IEEE leader
  • An endorsement letter from a senior IEEE volunteer

In addition to the application requirements, candidates must be able to commit at least 2-3 hours a week for the entire duration of the program.

Visit our website for more information about the application requirements.

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Questions? Contact us at volt@ieee.org


Download the VoLT Program flyer (print-ready) (PDF. 1MB)

Download a list of VoLT graduates (password-protected file)