Developing Next Generation Career Services

Strategies for Increasing Alumni and Employer Engagement

Topics: Internships and Co-Op Programs, Career Services, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Employment, Experiential Learning

Providing Access to Exceptional Alumni

Wesleyan’s Executive in Residence Program

Council research illustrated how Wesleyan is also creating special opportunities for students to interact with high profi le mentors in various fi elds. The executive in residence program brings successful alumni in various fi elds back to campus for visits that range from a half day to several days. During their time on campus, executives participate in a range of activities, such as collaborations with faculty, skills workshops, and one-on-one meetings with students.

Career services staff work with alumni to customize the visit itinerary to fi t their preferences, interests, and time constraints. For example, a Winter 2011 visit with an alumnus and former athlete working at Goldman Sachs incorporated a meeting with current student athletes to discuss ways to leverage their sports experiences in recruiting conversations.

Providing Access to Exceptional Alumni

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High Profile Industry Mentors

Facilitating "Wow" Experiences for Students