There are so many ways to give back to WC. Whether you choose to share your experience with prospective students, host a student intern, or network with other alumni at your chapter’s annual Toast to George, your involvement makes a tremendous impact. Take a look at some of your options, and then fill out the form below to let us know where your interests lie. Thank you for lending your talents!
- The Watershed Program. The admissions office offers several opportunities through the Watershed Program for alumni to volunteer with prospective students.
- Family to Family. Current parents reach out to self-selecting prospective parents by email or phone to share the parent perspective of Washington College.
- Letters of interest. Alumni send emails/letters of interest to prospective students. Alumni have a special perspective of Washington College that can encourage prospective students to commit to the College.
- Alumni chapters are scattered throughout the country and hold events to promote fellowship, celebrate WC traditions, and further the mission of the College. Alumni can be chapter leaders of existing chapters, start a new chapter through the Alumni Office, or help promote/attend events.
- Affinity groups. Alumni lead or can start groups for fellow alumni based on shared interests or professional fields. Some examples include Law Alumni, DramAlumni, Men’s Lacrosse Alumni, etc.
- Alumni Board. Elected board of alumni who lead the WC Alumni Association, give counsel to the leadership of the College, and promote alumni initiatives.
- Alumni Weekend planning. This group of alumni helps plan the largest alumni event of the year. Planners can help with class reunions, affinity celebrations, campus activities, and more.
- Committee or task force. Throughout the year, many standing and ad hoc committees of alumni and supporters of the College help to further the College’s mission and activities through committee and task force work. These groups vary from year to year based on need.
- Job/internship postings. Alumni and parents share opportunities with the Center for Career Development to be included in GeorgeConnX, a database of internship and job postings that all students can access.
- Host an externship (job shadowing). Alumni and parents share opportunities and/or host job shadowing experiences. The externship experience allows undergraduates to explore career fields, provides linkages to classroom learning, and readies them as they approach selection of major and minor courses of study.
- Professional networking events. Alumni/parents participate in or host networking events on campus or in their cities. This provides several opportunities for student to interact with our amazing alumni on a professional level.
- Mock and informational interviews. Alumni/parents conduct practice one-on-one interviews with students to provide insight and feedback. Interviews can be offered by phone, Skype, or in person.
- Information sessions/class talks. Alumni/parents share information about their organization or industry with students interested in learning more. Presentations can be arranged through the Center for Career Development.
- Career mentoring programs. Alumni/parents are paired with a student(s) to offer opportunities for students to connect informally and network with professionals in a variety of careers through online platform GeorgeConnX.
- Targeted career awareness programs. Alumni/parents host a small group of students at their organization. They provide tours, introduce students to various roles and career paths, expose them to culture, and share opportunities as well as preparation required to be successful in pursuing internships or full-time positions.
- Career fair participation. Alumni/parents represent their organization at annual career/graduate school fairs on campus to promote internship or full-time job opportunities. Fairs are held during both fall and spring semesters.
- Alumni stewards volunteer for Advancement and Alumni Relations by writing 10 thank you notes each semester to alumni who philanthropically support the college. Staff help volunteers identify a cohort of donors they are willing to thank, either by program or by class year.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact the Alumni Office at email@example.com.