While the Smeal College of Business offers a variety of avenues for students to hone their networking skills, the Alumni Relations Office encourages students to attend professional development seminars with alumni, take advantage of on-campus networking events, and more. Invitations to students vary by major and class year, and are sent via e-mail.
Seminars focus on a wide-range of topics that give students “real-world” insights from Smeal alumni. Past seminar topics have included strategies for personal finance, job searching, and resume enhancement. In addition to seminars, the Alumni Relations Office organizes a number of events throughout the academic year, which aim to connect current students with alumni such as dessert socials and tailgates.
As the college’s signature speaker series, Executive Insights is designed to complement the Smeal educational experience by bringing high-profile business leaders to Smeal to connect with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Past guests include more than 25 leaders from organizations such as Boeing, Dell, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Kohl’s, KPMG, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, and Tumi Holdings, Inc.