Impact Smeal Students

Alumni can share career advice and insights by volunteering their time at various professional development events for students.

Alumni can share their experiences, advice, and insights by volunteering their time during professional development events and initiatives for students.      

Smeal College of Business Mentoring Program

Student protégés gain insights into career paths and build their professional networks while mentors experience the satisfaction of guiding the next generation of Penn Staters. This program requires the time commitment of one academic year. 

Impact Smeal Day

Date: April 5, 2024

Impact Smeal Day provides alumni and professional graduate students with the opportunity to come to campus and connect with the college through a number of activities such as interacting with current students, networking with other alumni, and hearing about college initiatives. Most activities will be taking place in-person in the Business Building.  

Network with Commonwealth Campus Students

Dates: Spring dates will be available soon

Assist first-year Commonwealth Campus students who are tracking for Smeal by facilitating a "Virtual Networking" assignment on Zoom. Meetings will be arranged by the participants on a mutually agreeable date/time during the fall semester.

Flash Networking

Dates: 2024 dates will be announced. 

Alumni can volunteer for this virtual initiative and assist second-year Smeal students who are at a Commonwealth Campus and "tracking" toward Smeal during a one-time networking exchange. Many of these students are in need of extra guidance around important topics like fine-tuning their resume, student organization involvement, key resources and sites to pay attention to, and advice for planning for their summer & fall experiences.  

Write a Blog Post for the Smeal Business Career Center

The Smeal Business Career Center welcomes alumni to share their experiences and real-world tips for students by writing a guest blog post.   


Diversity Entrepreneurship Talks

Smeal alumni Karla Trotman ('98 Business Logistics) President & CEO of Electro Soft, Incorporated and Antonio Nieves ('03 Accounting) CEO of Interior Define discuss their entrepreneurial journeys and interview other alumni entrepreneurs. 

Help Students Prepare During the Mock Career Fair

Date: Fall 2023 Dates TBD

Help undergraduate students by providing them with feedback during the in-person Mock Career Fair. Students value the opportunity to learn from alumni so that they can become more comfortable when preparing to talk to recruiters during the Career Fairs this fall. Alumni will meet students in the Business Building on campus.  

Hire Smeal Students

Connect with the Smeal Business Career Center to learn more about how to hire Smeal students for internships and full-time positions.

Volunteer to Assist Graduate Program Students

Alumni can help Smeal Graduate students succeed through a number of volunteer engagements including sharing experiences with prospective and admitted students, speaking to student organizations, mentoring, and recruiting. Contact Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Crispell, if you are interested in learning more. 

Speak to an Undergraduate Student Organization

Smeal undergraduate student organizations often seek guest speakers, panelists, or alumni attendees for their meetings or events. Contact Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Crispell, if you are interested in learning more. 

Ongoing Opportunities

Smeal students are often looking for quick advice from someone who works in a specific industry, company, or who lives in a specific part of the country or world.

If you are interested in offering your insights and experiences to a student on a one-off basis, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Crispell.