Alumni Provide Students Mentorship, Connections, Advice
Almost every day during the academic year, Illinois Wesleyan alumni are interacting with current students. They visit campus to speak to classes, present workshops, conduct practice job interviews, guide student leaders, and recruit interns or new hires for their organizations. Off campus and around the globe, dozens more are supervising current students at internships and jobs, connecting students to leaders in their chosen fields, or mentoring a current student via Skype.
Dozens of alumni visit campus to share their expertise with students – participating in career panels on industries ranging from sports to healthcare, or sharing their career trajectories and tips for success. Recently, Bianca Spratt ’11 shared how another alumna influenced her career path in community service.
Each year students can take advantage of hundreds of opportunities to gain practical, career-relevant experiences. Students can shadow alumni working professionals, hone their interviewing skills or connect with alumni working in a student’s field of interest.
The Council for IWU Women was created to instill confidence in female students with the help of successful alumnae as mentors and as resources. An annual two-day summit for female students is fully funded by the volunteer Council members.
Students can apply for the Zoellick Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. Students pitch their ideas for businesses that address social problems to a panel of judges. Todd Zoellick ’00, who funded the fellowship, is one of the judges.
Anthropology major and "Big Data" expert Chad Maxwell '02 comes back to campus often to discuss internship openings in the advertising company he works for, StarCom USA, and to help Wesleyan students decide what career is right for them.