Oberlin alumni can play a critical role in helping students and fellow alumni chart their course. Your experience, your credibility, and your advice are invaluable as complements to the programs, services and resources offered here on campus. Here are a few suggestions for ways you can get involved:
- Update your OBIEWeb profile. The single most helpful step is also the easiest: please go to your OBIEWeb Alumni Profile and update your information, particularly the sections covering professional information. Uploading a recent copy of your resume is also enormously helpful, as it allows students and fellow alumni to learn about your employment and education history. Lastly, please include a personal email address so students can easily communicate with you via the email link in your profile.
- Join the Oberlin Group on LinkedIn. Currently more than 5000 Oberln Alumni have joined LinkedIn Oberlin Alumni Group, making it a vibrant community that provides lively discussions with other alumni as well as practical advice for students exploring their role in the professional world. To access the network you must complete a profile and request to join the group. Matt Paddock '94 leads the group.
- Share Your Experience. A 30-minute conversation, whether on the phone or over a cup of coffee, can be invaluable for a student exploring career options. You don’t need to be an expert or a luminary; all it takes is a willingness to talk about your career path, share advice, and provide insights on how you got from here to there.
- Send us your job leads. Post-graduate job leads from our alumni and parents are critical to the success of Oberlin students and are greatly appreciated by the Career Center. If you know of any internship or entry-level opportunities within your organization, please submit them to the Career Center so that we can share them with students.
- Sponsor an Internship. Internships provide students with realistic exposure to occupational fields in which they are interested. The Career Center coordinates a structured internship program during Winter Term, and also helps facilitate summer internships for students. Alumni offer a majority of our Winter Term internships, as well as a significant portion of summer opportunities. We also welcome internship offers from parents of Oberlin students, employers, and other friends of the College. If you're not in a position to sponsor an intern yourself, please talk with your HR department about other ways to include Oberlin in their internship program.
- House a Student during Winter Term (or Summer!). Housing is a critical factor for many students considering internship opportunities. It can be very difficult and expensive for students to rent an apartment for one month during Winter Term, or for three months during the summer. We hate to see students decline internship experiences because they cannot afford the associated costs of living expenses. The Career Center is aggressively working to develop funding sources to help students cover the expenses and lost earnings of summer internships, and your ability to offer housing to Oberlin students helps us extend that support to more students.
Gayle Boyer, Operations Manager