Are you a CLAS alumnus or alumna looking to get involved with your College? Our Office of Alumni Relations offers many ways you can meet other alums and make a difference to today’s students. Events and programs sponsored by CLAS and the Center for Career Development connect alumni with students for networking, mentorship, and a host of other opportunities.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved.
Become a CLAS Career Advisor
In our College, students learn the critical thinking and creative skills necessary to be productive and adaptive members of society. But during their job search, how do they make themselves stand out from the pack?
The CLAS Career Advisor Program is a mentoring experience that matches students with alumni in pairs to create career connections, share expertise and aid in the transition from college to graduate school or the professional world. The program is virtual, so students and their mentors connect by phone or online — you can participate from anywhere in the world!
Students are paired with alumni in their field of interest, and they connect on a regular basis as they explore career opportunities together. The program has grown from a pilot phase with 20 matches to a robust initiative with more than 200 alumni and students.
Students can apply to be matched with a mentor, and alumni can apply to be matched with a current undergraduate. The commitment is one academic year. Become a mentor today!
Mentor Mike Soltys ’81 (CLAS), now Vice President for Communication at ESPN, mentors communication major Heather Fyfe, a communication major who wants to work in sports broadcasting. Learn more about their connection in our video, What will your CLAS degree do for you?
Share your story
Your experience and expertise in the workplace is immensely valuable to today’s students. Telling your story can help today’s undergraduates discover their path in life and become tomorrow’s leaders.
- Participate in a career event. In partnership with UConn’s Center for Career Development, CLAS offers a series of events and networking opportunities with alumni in various career fields, including science, government, business, communications, education, public service, and more. These programs give students ideas and tips about what skills are needed for entry-level jobs and internships in those fields, and are part of more than 50 career events offered each year to students in the College. These events also count toward the Certificate of Professional Development, which students can put on their resume.
- See your name in print. Can’t get to campus? You can still share your story with students through our various publications, like the CLAS Major to Career Guide or our Center for Career Development’s interactive blog which give students career advice from successful UConn CLAS alumni, along with examples of where CLAS alumni from all majors are working in the real world.
To share your story, contact CLAS Director of Alumni Relations Greg Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 486-2201.
Use your company’s connections
Your company can be a great resource to students. Consider these opportunities:
- Promote internship opportunities at your company. Using Husky Career Link, UConn’s web-based recruiting system, you can advertise existing internships to current UConn students. Or, if you’d like to offer an internship specifically to UConn students, you can work with our Center for Career Development team to establish a new internship. These can be coordinated for particular academic majors, or liberal arts and sciences students in general.
- Advertise positions at your company to fellow Huskies. Fill positions at your organization with UConn students and alumni by posting jobs through Husky Career Link. Recruit student talent by participating in university-wide career fairs, held once each semester, or specialty initiatives such as the “Careers for the Common Good” program, focused on non-profit and/or public service job opportunities and organizations.
- Host a site visit at your company. Invite 12 – 25 UConn students to visit your business on a Center for Career Development bus trip, coordinated through our career exploration program. Visits like these are typically 2 – 4 hours in length, and students greatly benefit from the “hands-on” opportunity these field trips offer them.
For more information about these opportunities, contact Emily Merritt, CLAS Career Consultant, at email@example.com or (860) 486-3013.
Other ways to get involved
Looking for some other ways to give back? You can also:
- Network with fellow CLAS alumni at local events hosted throughout the year and across the country. View the full programming calendar at the UConn Alumni website.