Mentoring Opportunities

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

Join MyPenn (formerly Quakernet)

Through MyPenn, alumni can offer career advice and guidance to students and fellow alumni with career questions. To sign up, visit and when filling out a profile, be sure to select “Available for Mentorship” so that others can easily find you within the directory.

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 be an Discovery Days host contact Career Services c/o or (215) 898-3012.

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 Career Services c/o or (215) 898-3012. This program is co-sponsored by the Engineering Alumni Society Executive 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?  Please contact Career Services c/o or (215) 898-3012.  This program is co-sponsored by the Engineering Alumni Society Executive 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 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 Michael DeAngelis at