Mentoring Opportunities

There are many ways in which alumni can mentor Penn students!

Join QuakerNet

Through QuakerNet, alumni can offer career advice and guidance to students and fellow alumni with career questions. To sign up, visit www.myquakernet.com.

Serve as a Discovery Days Host

Discovery Days allow College of Arts and Sciences and Wharton undergraduate students a chance to observe a “day in the life” of professionals in careers of interest to them. Discovery Days are held throughout the spring semester, and it’s up to the employer to work with the student to find a mutually convenient date (Fridays can be a good option since many students don’t have class on Fridays). Discovery Day hosts have the flexibility to design an experience unique to their particular career field. For more information on the Discovery Days program, or if you would like to serve as a Discovery Day host, please contact Jingy Yen at yenw@upenn.edu.

Serve as an Engineering Externship Host

Imagine how many ways an engineering sophomore might benefit from spending a day with you! “Externships” provide job-shadowing opportunities to help students discern how their skills and interests align with professional positions in their career fields of interest. Engineering externships take place during early January (winter break). If you would like to be an externship host contact Tiffany Franklin, Associate Director of Career Services, at ftiffany@upenn.edu or (215) 898-3012 if you have any questions. This program is sponsored by the Engineering Alumni Society Board and Career Services.

Serve as an Engineering Mentor

The SEAS Alumni Mentoring Program pairs alumni mentors with first-year undergraduate engineering students for one year. The goal of the program is for alumni to share their invaluable workplace and educational experience with students beginning to explore career and school options and paths.   Each one-to-one mentor/student pair typically communicates throughout the year via email and phone, and when possible meet in person.  Questions can be directed to the program administrator, Kevin Haines, Associate Director of Career Services at khaines@upenn.edu or (215) 898-3012. This program is sponsored by the Engineering Alumni Society Board and Career Services.

Make a Social Media Contribution

Do you have career related thoughts to share with students or other Penn alums? We welcome entries for our Penn and Beyond blog. We also are always seeking alumni who would like to ‘tweet” for a day about their daily work activities through our PennCareerDay twitter feed. Contact Michael DeAngelis at jmdeange@upenn.edu if interested in contributing.

We also welcome alumni to be a guest on our podcast CS Radio. If you are interested in becoming a potential guest (which can be recorded via web conferencing services like Skype or BlueJeans), please contact co-host A. Mylene Kerschner at mylene@upenn.edu.