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.
Alumni Support Students
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.
Alumni frequently make special presentations during classes or participate in course
simulations, case studies or other activities to enhance student learning.
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.