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

Apply for the '24-'25 academic year by: June 7, 2024

Student protégés gain insights into career paths and build their professional networks while alumni 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: September 20, 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.   

Flash Networking with Second-Year Commonwealth Campus Students

Dates: Spring 2025 dates will be announced in the fall. 

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.  

Assist First-Year Commonwealth Campus Students in BA 197 Class

Dates: Fall 2024 dates will be announced in the summer. 

Interact with first-year Commonwealth Campus students who are tracking for Smeal by facilitating a "Virtual Networking" assignment on Zoom, allowing them to practice a professional conversation. These meetings are part of an assignment for their BA 197 class, and they will be arranged by the participants on a mutually agreeable date/time during the spring semester. 

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. 

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.