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Connect with Alumni

​You know how important a good network is to your future. But you may not realize how easy it is to make connections—beginning right now—with both recent and longtime Washington University alumni.

There are more than 120,000 alumni around the world in an amazing variety of fields who will do all this:

  • Help you find an internship 
  • Provide on-the-scene career advice 
  • Help you land a job after you graduate 
  • Guide you in adjusting to life in a new city

How to meet these alumni? Here’s how to connect—both on campus and at home:

More than 11,000 alumni, students and friends are members of the Washington University Alumni Association LinkedIn group.  The world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn has more than 80 million members and is growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.  Students are invited to join the Washington University in St. Louis Alumni Association group.

A partnership between the Career Center and the Alumni Association has created a network of more than 15,000 alumni and parents willing to serve as career resources for alumni and students. Use the directory to connect with professionals who can offer advice and help in your internship or job search.

SAA’s mission is to connect students with alumni. We do this by holding a variety of events that encourage students to interact with alumni informally. In the past, for example, we’ve held student/alumni networking events and student/alumni mentorship dinners at which speakers focused on a broad range of topics.

Get together with alumni in your hometown. More than 30 Washington University alumni clubs regularly meet across the country and around the world. You are always welcome at these events, which are a terrific way to make connections with alumni.

The Washington University Alumni Association and the Career Center offer a unique career-shadowing experience for full-time Washington University undergraduates. The Alumni Career Externship (ACE) Program is an opportunity to shadow an alum in his or her professional environment for two to three days during spring break. Externs get an up-close sense of the types of skills, knowledge and capabilities they will need to acquire or develop to be successful in a particular industry.

In the Reunion Internship Program, students work with Alumni Relations Staff to put on the dozens of events that take place over both of our Reunion Weekends. Students learn about the many facets of event planning, management and execution, while primarily helping Alumni Association staff hold successful Reunion events. On these occasions, students meet and talk with the many prominent alumni who return to celebrate their Reunions.

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