Cornell University

Program Goals

Alumni Connection Program's Goals for Student Learning

  • Students will be able to articulate at least three resources they can use to research organizations and at least four questions to ask sponsors during their experience or information interview.
  • Students will be able to articulate how this sponsor’s career path, industry or position fits or doesn’t fit with their impressions, expectations, and ability to succeed in this field.
  • Students will be able to define at least two new action steps they can take to either explore this field further or to explore new fields they learned about through the experience.

How You Can Help

Many students in this program often don’t know exactly what questions to ask you and/or they don’t always know what information is important to focus on in their research about your field or organization. Please consider doing the following to expand their understanding and awareness:

  • When you first talk with your student connection, start off by providing them with information about what you do in your current position and provide more information than is available in your listing. Then ask the question, “What are you interested in learning about?” By providing more information up front, you will find that students will be able to ask you better questions and they will likely be able to better articulate their interest in connecting with you.
  • Anticipate that students may not know enough through their preliminary research to ask “the right” questions. Students often have not had enough exposure to the world of work yet to know what they should be looking for in terms of work information. Help them in this process by telling them what information you think they should be aware of about your field, position, or what they should look for as they explore your industry or career further.  
  • Please suggest additional colleagues or contacts for students to talk with in your field as well as any websites, professional organizations, or reading materials that will help them to deepen their knowledge of the area.