COVID-19 Notice

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing advisories, some volunteer activities have been temporarily suspended. The Gauntlet Street Teams (Train and Bi-Weekly Distribution) will remain on hiatus until further notice. Volunteer orientations will continue to be offered, but will be held online via Zoom. We encourage our volunteers to continue contributing content digitally and will be here to support you all during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to volunteer@thegauntlet.ca. Please see the form below to schedule your orientation.

Volunteer For The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet would not be able to publish without the contributions of volunteers. University of Calgary students produce the entirety of the Gauntlet, and while we have 12 paid staff that help run various areas of the publication, volunteers are invaluable to our day-to-day operations.

Volunteers at the Gauntlet must first complete a volunteer orientation with our volunteer coordinator. You can use the form below to schedule an orientation. After this, you can receive story-list emails from editors detailing assignments you can take on, from story-writing to taking photos to creating illustrations. We also hold pitch meetings weekly if you want to meet with editors face-to-face to pitch stories or pick up assignments.

If this all sounds scary to you, don’t worry — every editor and contributor at the Gauntlet started in your shoes as well, and we can walk you through exactly what you need to do. You’ll get the hang of it, we promise!

Schedule Your Orientation

Please put your full name and email below, and our volunteer coordinator will get back to you soon

Available Positions

These volunteer positions come with a time commitment and co-curricular record credit. We are ALWAYS accepting volunteers and writers outside of these roles! If any of these roles interest you, get in touch with our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@thegauntlet.ca. No resume required – just a desire to learn!

Gauntlet Street Team – Train Station Distribution

Early riser? Want to earn co-curricular record credit? Want free breakfast and coffee? We want you! Help us distribute our newspaper to students getting off the train before classes start. Gauntlet gear included!
Friday, bi-weekly 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Gauntlet Street Team – Bi-Weekly Distribution

Want to earn co-curricular record credit? Want free snacks? We want you! Help us hand distribute our newspaper to the various stands around campus and get them in the hands of students on campus. Gauntlet gear included!
Friday, bi-weekly, flexible timing

Gauntlet Crosswords Team

Love puzzles? Help us with our new project and get your name on our crossword page as an archivist. No need to come to our office. Work right from your laptop, any time of the day.

Basketball Beat Writer

Love basketball? Love the Dinos? Join us as our basketball beat writer and cover all the games! Write game recaps, interview players, communicate with students about upcoming games, and more.

Volleyball Beat Writer

Love volleyball? Love the Dinos? Join us as our basketball beat writer and cover all the games! Write game recaps, interview players, communicate with students about upcoming games, and more.

Soccer Beat Writer

Love soccer? Love the Dinos? Join us as our basketball beat writer and cover all the games! Write game recaps, interview players, communicate with students about upcoming games, and more.

Swimming / Wrestling / Track & Field Beat Writer

Love swimming? Passionate about wrestling and track and field? Love the Dinos? Join us as a beat writer and cover all of these events! Write event recaps, interview players, communicate with students about upcoming matches, and more.

Club Sports Writer

Love the Dinos? Help us cover the teams that don’t get a lot of love from the press. Join us as a beat writer and cover ringette, rowing and tennis! Write event recaps, interview players, communicate with students about upcoming matches, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved?

You can fill the form on this page to schedule a volunteer orientation, get added to editor mail-outs and get any of your questions answered. Also feel free to drop by our office anytime during the week to say hi and get to know our editors — we don’t have formal office hours, but there’s usually someone around on school days anytime from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where is the Gauntlet office?

We’re located on the east third floor of MacHall — that’s the third floor that’s above the Den & Black Lounge and the Q Centre. We had our offices renovated in the summer of 2017, and they’re looking pretty spiffy, if we do say so ourselves. We’ve got couches and workspace available for students. At the very least, it beats eating lunch in the MacHall cafeteria.

Do I need experience?

Absolutely not. There isn’t a journalism program at the University of Calgary, meaning that we’re the place on campus for students who want to learn how to do journalism. If you come in with an open mind and a keenness to learn, you’ll do great.

What’s the time commitment?

It’s as much or as little as you want. Some contributors write once or twice a semester. Others spend as much time in the office as our full-time staff. Whatever works for you works for us.

What’s in it for me?

Learning about journalistic practices and building a portfolio of work at one of Canada’s best student publications — many Gauntlet alumni are now working journalists. If you use the co-curricular record, we can verify your volunteer hours for that. We also award four $500 scholarships to volunteer writers each fall and winter semester!

When are meetings?

Weekly pitch meetings begin in the fall semester. Here, section editors discuss stories they’d like to publish in upcoming weeks and volunteers can claim assignments in-person. You can also pitch your own stories to editors at these meetings. Beyond pitch meetings, we have copy editing days on Tuesday of every week, and every second Tuesday we produce our magazine and provide snacks to all who lend a land, whether by taking photos, copyediting, or helping to write or design. You will get e-mails about upcoming dates after completing the volunteer orientation.

I’d like to be a part of the Gauntlet but I don’t know what I would write about. Will that be a problem?

Nope! While our editors are happy to take story pitches from volunteers, they also pitch their own ideas to volunteer writers. This happens both at the aforementioned pitch meetings but also through “storylists,” which volunteers are added onto after completing their orientation. If any stories interest you, just be the first one to claim it and it’s all yours.

Can I help out in any way other than writing?

Of course! We are always looking for volunteer photographers, videographers, illustrators, graphic designers and cartoonists to help out on the visual side of the publication. We’re also happy to have layout help from those with experience with Adobe InDesign. Helping us get our work in the hands of other students is an imperative role as well – our Street Team makes a huge impact on our organzation.

How can I get a job with the Gauntlet?

The editor-in-chief of the Gauntlet is elected by the membership of the Gauntlet Publications Society every March. All editorial staff, board members and volunteers who have contributed at least three times during the semester are considered voting members of the Society.

We also hire each of our editorial board positions — news editor, opinions editor, arts editor, sports editor, humour editor, photographer, online editor, graphic artist, videographer and volunteer coordinator — each March. All these positions are part-time salaried, except for news editor, which is full-time salaried. These positions typically go to dedicated volunteers, so if you’re keen on working at the Gauntlet, get started sooner rather than later!