The Lab Coffee Shop

BLC's favorite coffee shop. Now with a webpage.


Join a team where coffee is always involved.

Our volunteers are the backbone of The Lab. They run the counter, prepare drinks, and greet customers as they walk in our door. As a volunteer barista, you’ll gain practical working experience while having fun and meeting people from all different majors, classes, and walks of life.

Got any questions so far? We have answers:

How much time will it take?

Busy college students have a lot on their plates; we get that. Fortunately, volunteering for The Lab is a small, but worthwhile commitment. Most of our volunteers give one hour a week behind the counter. Depending on the demand for volunteers, some take more than one shift.

Shifts take place at night, so there’s no need to worry about it getting in the way of classes. Our general hours are from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Will I be working alone?

A few of our volunteers work solo shifts, but we welcome you and a friend (or two!) to work a shift as a team.

What do volunteers do during a shift?

Our volunteer baristas are responsible for taking and preparing drink orders, handling money and making change, and making sure all customers and guests feel welcome. When you have some down time during your shift, you’re certainly welcome to study or socialize.

Do I get paid?

Aside from the valuable work experience and sheer fun of being a barista, our volunteers are not paid.

I’ve never made coffee before! Can I still volunteer?

Not a problem! We welcome new baristas, regardless of your skill level with an espresso machine. Our veteran volunteers will train you in; soon, you’ll be a pro in no time. If you’ve got a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, then we’d love to have you join our team!

Are there other ways I can help out?

We always appreciate an extra hand at The Lab – every little bit helps! You can always help us out by spreading the word about your favorite BLC coffee shop. Additionally, those managing publicity may need help putting up posters around campus or with other communications efforts. For our events, we may need help moving the furniture around. Occasionally, we could use help cleaning up The Lab – it doesn’t look that way on its own!

There may be other ways that you can help out that aren’t mentioned here; check with management to see what they need.


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