Be a Guest Speaker or Panelist

Jennie Thompson '90When Princeton students are exploring potential career paths, the most transformative experiences are often encounters with alumni who take time to share their insight and experiences. By volunteering to share your observations from the field, you provide invaluable advice and inspiration to those who may be following in your footsteps. 

Offer an Expert Perspective

As part of our ongoing career education efforts, we invite alumni to provide industry-specific advice to students in a variety of ways.

Be a Career & Life Vision Guest Speaker

As many professionals can attest to, career paths are very rarely linear. The Career & Life Vision Guest Speaker Series is hosted by Career Services, and presents alumni with the opportunity to give a talk about their career paths and all of the unimagined twists and turns along the way. Held once or twice each semester, the program is open to the University community and the public. Recent speakers have included:

  • Daphne Oz '08, New York Times bestselling author, natural foods chef, and cohost of ABC's hit lifestyle series The Chew
  • Nick Marsh '90CEO, Chop't Salad
  • Maisha Walker ‘94,  Founder and President of Message Medium
  • Lauren Bush-Lauren ‘06, Fashion designer, philanthropist and CEO, Creative Director and Co-Founder of FEED Projects
  • Youngsuk Chi '83, Chairman, Elsevier, global career in international finance, publishing, technology and entrepreneurial ventures

Teach a Skill-building Workshop 

Are you an expert on a topic you think students would want to learn? Teach a workshop and help students learn a new professional skill.

Industry Experts Program

Our Industry Experts program is a more expanded industry overview to provide students with a mini-course on a business topic not offered through their curriculum. For example:

  • Rod McNealy '72, principal McNealy Advanced Communications, has offered an "Intro to Marketing" workshop
  • Marc Rosen '98, CEO of Georgeville Productions (best known for working on the Harry Potter film series) has offered "Hollywood 101."

Arts @Work

The Arts @Work series is presented in collaboration with the Lewis Center for the Arts, and features alumni speaking about their professional experience in all kinds of arts fields and offering advice to students. For more information, contact Juli-anne Jensen, associate director, arts, nonprofit and public sector. 

Speak at a Princeton-in-Washington Event

The Princeton-in-Washington Program is co-sponsored by Career Services, the Princeton Club of Washington, DC, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson School. It offers Princeton students living or working in the nation's capital over the summer an opportunity to meet and learn from Princetonians in D.C. 

A student coordinator reaches out to alumni to arrange for site visits, seminars or networking events for fellow Tigers throughout the summer.

Give students a glimpse into the life of a #WorkingTiger 

Want to give students career advice and share a day in the life at your job but can't make it to campus? Interact with students virtually through social media using the #WorkingTiger hashtag.

Connect with students

Host a dinner in a residential college on campus

Lead an informal discussion with a small group of students on a topic of your choice. This program is also offered in the Graduate College. 

Share your experience.

If you would like to speak to students as part of our career education programs, please email Rachel Jimenez, assistant director, student/alumni engagement programs, or call 609-258-3325.