There are many opportunities for students to engage and connect with alumni, including Alumni Colloquia, the Sophomore Experience Alumni Networking Reception (the highest-level incentive of the program), the Sophomore-Alumni Mentorship Program, the Senior Capstone, the Senior Reception, alumni-student meetings hosted by Wharton External Affairs and the Undergraduate Division, and Career Services’ Discovery Days and mock interviews. Alumni may also promote internships and job postings on the Career Services site and serve as company recruiters.
Students can also get involved with the Wharton Alumni Relations Council (WARC), a student-run organization that works very closely with Wharton Alumni Relations to host alumni events such as brown bag lunches, power dinners, and industry panels.
Sponsored by Wharton Alumni Affairs and the Wharton Undergraduate Division, this popular event takes place in the fall semester. Students are able to attend one-hour sessions taught by distinguished Wharton alumni. Examples of past seminars include, “How to Save the World with Your Wharton Degree” and “Managing Your Personal Finances.” If you are a Wharton alum and would like to present a session at the Alumni Colloquia, please contact Joan Adams Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inviting Alumni to Speak at a Club Event
Alumni enjoy the opportunity to speak at undergraduate club events and conferences. You can use the Wharton Connect directory (“Community” tab on SPIKE or via the Wharton Connect app) to identify alumni to invite to speak at your events. Please note that all potential speaker names must be submitted and approved through the Speaker Request Management System prior to any outreach or invitations being sent to alumni.
Networking with Alumni
Wharton alumni can serve as supportive connections and resources for learning more about careers or business topics. They are often eager to share their experience and provide advice, and are generally pleased to hear from current students. You should feel encouraged to reach out to them using Quakernet or the Wharton Connect directory and other resources, provided the following guidelines are kept in mind:
- Be professional, courteous, and prepared.
- Take time to research appropriate information before communicating with alumni.
- Make calls or send emails individually, as contacting multiple alumni at once could be interpreted as spamming.
- Be clear in communicating your agenda early, and stick to it.
- Do not start any communications with alumni by sending your résumé or requesting a job or internship.
- Do not solicit individual alumni for gifts or club funding (see the Corporate Sponsorship and Solicitation Policy for more information).
- Remember that alumni are busy and may not respond to your contact immediately. Allow them time to respond.
- Follow up; a brief thank you note is always appreciated.