Alumni & Families
Alumni and parents form the most valuable network available to current Reedies and recent graduates. Will you join us?
There are a variety of ways that you can support other Reedies in their career exploration. Can you or your employer offer an internship or job? Are you interested in serving as a career resource for current students? Can you help students with networking? We make it easy for you to share your talents with students and graduates.
Update Your Profile and Offer Your Expertise
The Alumni Directory is every Reedie’s not-so-secret savings account. Students look for alumni who are in fields they want to explore, so updating your Alumni Directory profile (as well as your LinkedIn profile) helps students know more about who you are and how you’re willing to help.
Note that the Networks tab of the Alumni Directory is where you update your Community of Purpose, research areas, personal affinities, and identities. You can also indicate what type of career help you’re willing to offer, including these important options:
Informational interviews are conversations that allow students to ask a variety of questions relating to your professional work, career path, and other related topics. If you’re interested in providing informational interviews to students, be sure to keep your Alumni Directory information up to date! Students are advised to use the Alumni Directory as a tool for seeking out informational interviews.
Document review is a great low stakes way to connect with students. By providing the option of document review for resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn, students are able to get feedback from professionals in their field of interest, ensuring that they are receiving the most accurate industry specific information.
Join the Reed Career Alliance
This is the Reed Alumni Association-sponsored initiative to support Reed College alumni in the development of meaningful careers post-Reed. Learn about Reed's career communities, and ways that you can get engaged.
Alumni: If you're interested in supporting career development activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Reed Career Network” in the subject.
Hire a Reedie
Would you or your employer like to hire the smartest students and recent grads in the world? Part-time or full-time jobs, as well as internships, can be posted in Reed’s online database of opportunities called Handshake. You can also post your opportunities on Reed’s Switchboard, and tweet @GriffinGigs.
An internship is a limited duration structured experience that relates to a student’s career goals, enhances personal development, is supervised by a professional in the field, and allows the student to apply the knowledge gained in their academics in a workplace setting. You can read more about internships on the NACE website.
Summer Internship Awards*
These awards provide up to $4000 to enable students to participate in unpaid, or underpaid, summer internships. While work with for-profit is considered, nonprofit work is prioritized in funding. The Summer Internship Awards are made possible by generous gifts from alumni and friends of the college. To make a gift to this fund, simply write Summer Internship Award in the Comments and Reasons for Giving section of the online form.
Host a Job Shadow
A job shadow is a short term opportunity that allows students to observe your daily work. Most often, shadows do not include a project or work component. Shadows allow for students to get a sense of what a day looks like in your specific role. This is a great first step for students who are at the beginning stages of their career exploration.
Help Students through the Career Advancement Fund*
Students can apply for funding for up to $500 per school year to help defray the cost of exploring a range of professional developmental pursuits including travel for interviews, career-related conferences, professional clothing, graduate or professional school applications, and study materials for LSAT, MCAT, GRE, and more. The Career Advancement Fund is made possible by generous gifts from alumni and friends of the college. To make a gift to this fund, simply write Career Advancement Fund in the Comments and Reasons for Giving section of the online form.
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*Note: Listed above are a variety of funding sources for students to complete career exploration opportunities. Due to the current COVID-19 related mandates the institution is not providing funding for the following:
- International or domestic travel (including but not limited to plane, train, and long distance bus travel)
- In-person opportunities that do not allow for proper social distancing
- Opportunities that are direct violation of state or city mandates