Gamma Phi Beta provides many leadership opportunities for its members, but like any skill leadership takes practice. The best leaders seek out experiences that will help them hone their abilities and develop their strengths. One unique way to gain leadership experience is to join an advisory council or board.

Advisory councils are used by everyone from Google to Target. Businesses, non-profits, organizations and even college campuses can all be more successful with high-quality advice from experts, community members or consumers. As a member of an advisory council you will gain leadership skills by representing your fellow students, networking with students on your campus and across the nation, developing facilitation skills, learning to provide constructive feedback and assisting in aspects of business such as marketing and development.

In addition to honing your leadership skills advisory councils make a great addition to your résumé. Many advisory councils have a rigorous application process and they may only be able to select a few members out of hundreds of applicants. Being selected is an honor and should be highlighted when you are looking for an internship, job, graduate school or another leadership position.

As with any leadership position you should look for an advisory council position that sparks your interest or is in your area of study. The first place you can look is on your school’s campus, especially in your department of study. Here are just few examples from colleges around the country:

Student Health Advisory Council at the University of Michigan

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Student Advisory Council at the University of Denver

The Dean’s Advisory Council at Rutgers University

Outside of your college campus there are also opportunities to sit on student advisory councils both locally and nationally. Follow the links below to check out a few student advisory opportunities provided by various businesses and organizations nationwide.

The JED Foundation Student Advisory Council

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Student Advisory Council

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Advisory Council

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Student Advisory Council

NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees