Volunteer to Help Students

Alumni play a critical role in assisting Princeton undergraduate and graduate students in their career exploration.

The situation around coronavirus has brought on widespread uncertainty for students, including their summer and post-graduation plans. The Center for Career Development is helping students pursue other ways they can make the most of their summers, and we could use your help.

We believe our alumni volunteers may be able to provide students with opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Some of those ways include:

If you can offer assistance in one of these ways, or if you have other career exploration ideas, please email us at careervolunteer@princeton.edu. If there are others in your network that also may be interested in helping, we encourage you to share this with them too. 


Volunteer Opportunities


Has your career trajectory been a straight line, or a winding path? Have you experienced setbacks or had to overcome obstacles? The following opportunities are virtual ways in which you can help students understand how a career can change, grow, and evolve over time.

  • Career Profiles (coming soon) will be a resource for students to learn about the skills you use in your work, how Princeton prepared you for your career journey and your advice for careers in your industry. We will be asking alumni to complete online career bios to give students a peek into the world of life after Princeton.
  • Virtual practice interviews (coming soon) will be an opportunity for you to help students prepare for upcoming interviews and share your advice.

If you are interested in volunteering, email us at careervolunteer@princeton.edu.


Join us for in-person events where you can meet students for casual conversations on topics ranging from the intersection of identities in careers to industry-specific advice. These mainly take place on-campus, but periodically we host events elsewhere.

  • Dinner with Twelve Tigers alumni guests share how their identities intersect with their career experiences. The informal and intimate setting allows students to ask the questions that are really on their minds about topics such as how being a first- generation college student plays into their career decision-making; how being a woman in a male-dominated field plays out in real life; and other similar topics.
  • Young alumni perspective programs give students the opportunity to learn from the recent experiences of their near-peers on transitioning from a student to a professional.
  • Meetups are industry-focused speed networking events where alumni share information about their employer or industry in an informal and lively setting.
  • Regional summer networking sessions (coming soon) will be held in several cities across the country. You’ll meet current students and help them reflect on the summer internship and work experiences they’re having, and connect to the larger Tiger career community. Watch for updates from your regional club.

If you are interested in volunteering, email us at careervolunteer@princeton.edu.


We’d love to work with you in whatever capacity you’re able, whether it’s attending a career fair, posting a job or internship, or championing Princeton students at your organization. No matter your role, you can help to ensure that Princeton student applicants get seen. Volunteer opportunities are virtual and in-person.

  • Sharing jobs or internship opportunities with your organization–even if you’re not a hiring manager.
  • Participating in career fairs or other recruiting opportunities.

If you are interested in recruiting at Princeton, email us at recruit@princeton.edu.


Help students investigate career fields and make professional connections through one of our experiential programs. Volunteer opportunities occur at your workplace and include:

  • Princeternship opportunities (ranging from one day to two weeks) during the winter break for students to shadow you and participate in short-term projects at your work site. This insider view of a job and industry is indispensable in helping students explore options and confirm choices. Princeternships can occur throughout the country.
  • Take a Ph.D. to Work is like a Princeternship specifically for graduate students. Give a graduate student the opportunity to spend a day with you to see the variety of job options available to them outside the academy. One of Princeton University's most diverse and talented pool of candidates for employers is often it's most overlooked - Ph.D.'s. A Ph.D. program is a job, and candidates and recent graduates essentially have more than four years of experience with transferable skills.
  • Site visits are short trips to your work site with a group of Princeton students. Site visits happen at locations near Princeton, and are usually one to two hours in duration.
  • Industry treks happen during mid-semester breaks, and allow for a small group of students to visit your work site to compare and contrast it with other visits on the same day. If you can host a small group of students for a visit, we can work with you to determine whether a site visit or an industry trek is the best format.

If you are interested in volunteering, email us at careervolunteer@princeton.edu.