Students often seek advice or networking opportunities with alumni. If you are interested in engaging current students, below are several opportunities.

ACE Alumni Career Externship Shadowing Program

A partnership between the Washington University Alumni Association and the Career Center, the Alumni Career Externship (ACE) Program is a career shadowing experience for undergraduate students. This is an opportunity for employers to build their brand on campus, scout talent, and give back with little time and money commitments.

How will you engage your extern?

  • Invite them to attend meetings and presentations
  • Allow observation of data research and analysis
  • Introduce them to colleagues for a deeper understanding of your organization’s departments and job functions
  • Provide networking opportunities for the extern to develop contacts in their target industry
  • Some hosts allow their input or ability to work on a current project

Student Selection

  • Students are selected for an externship by the ACE application committee, composed of Alumni Relations and Career Center representatives.
  • Interviews will be held on campus before final selection is made.
  • Students don’t need expertise or prior experience in the field of the externship, but must demonstrate compelling interest and curiosity about their host’s field as a possible career option.
  • Externships are unpaid. Travel and/or housing expenses (if necessary) are neither reimbursed nor subsidized.
  • If you are interested in hosting an extern, contact: Patricia Katzfey at 314-935-5961 or

Design Internship Network College and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design

The Design Internship Network is a program that utilizes a network of professional partners to offer a broad range of internship opportunities. Internship experiences are invaluable to our students’ success and competitiveness in a challenging and dynamic professional world. For interested firms or individuals, the only obligation to participate is to be identified as a member of the Design Internship Network at Washington University.

Program Details

  • Variable internship options include unpaid job shadowing or paid internships
  • Candidate identification based on academic achievement and professional preparedness
  • Services would include position posting and comprehensive marketing; application collection, review and distribution; interview scheduling and communication coordination
  • Benefits :
    • Exclusive partnership with one of the finest programs in the country
    • Dedicated Career Specialist, Employer Relations Specialist, and Faculty Coordinator to support candidate preparation, identification, and program
    • Fully coordinated interview process by the Washington University Career Center
    • Continuing pipeline with top students and future fellow alumni
    • Brand recognition on campus

To enroll and find out more information, please contact Molly Burkot in our Career Center at 314-935-3977 or

Engineering Mentoring Program

The Engineering Mentoring Program pairs alumni and students from the School of Engineering & Applied Science to provide students the chance to gain insight into the working world and advice on how to be a successful young professional. Students are matched with alumni based on career interests, area of study and the specific interests of a mentor. This program is a great opportunity to mentor a student and pass on experience gathered in the professional arena. For additional information, important dates, and program contacts, please visit the Engineering website.