Provide expertise, inspiration and advice to Imperial students and help prepare them for life beyond Imperial. Supporting a student doesn't need to be a big time commitment - from answering a one-off question by email, to becoming a mentor, there are plenty of opportunities to make a difference.


Mentor a student

Student at computerThe Alumni Mentoring Scheme pairs you with a current student to help to develop their confidence and insight into job roles and work sectors. The Scheme promotes and supports a structured relationship between alumni and students, whereby alumni can share their professional experiences, personal insights and employability advice with students to increase their understanding of career opportunities and help to develop their confidence when thinking about their career planning.

The Scheme is aimed at continuing Imperial undergraduates (going into their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of study) and PhD students across all degree disciplines to participate as mentees, and we prioritise students that meet the College's widening participation criteria.

As a Mentor you will have an opportunity to develop your mentoring and coaching skills as well as staying connected with student life at Imperial today.

The Mentoring Scheme runs for ten months, starting in October. Registration for the 2020-2021 scheme will open in August 2020. 

Visit the Alumni Mentoring Scheme webpage to find out more about being a mentor

Location: Worldwide – we encourage applications from all alumni as mentoring can be undertaken remotely
Time commitment: A minimum of six interactions across ten months, starting in October 2020

Answer a student's question online

Ask an Alum provides an opportunity for current Imperial students to ask a one-off question to an alumnus in industry.

As an Imperial graduate with experience of employment, you are in a unique position to offer advice to current students of Imperial who are interested in a career in your chosen profession. 

You can volunteer to be added to our database, and your data will be displayed anonymously to the student until you reply to their question. The Careers Service will limit the number of requests sent to each alumnus over the academic year.

Learn more about Imperial's Ask an Alum scheme and register to take part.

Location: Worldwide (online)
Time commitment: Approximately 30 minutes per question and up to twelve questions per calendar year

Provide a work placement or internship

Why not consider providing an internship/placement or graduate job to an Imperial student? We are happy to hear about opportunities for our students and graduates at any time of the year.

  • Placements are normally for between six months and one year in length and are usually related to degree disciplines.
  • Internships are normally for between six and ten weeks over the summer vacation and do not have to be degree related.

You can get in touch with our Placements & Internships team to discuss potential options. If you’re looking to recruit on campus or promote your organisation, you can find out more about the full range of services available on our Information for Employers page.

Feature in an alumni profile

Help us to showcase the diverse range of experiences within our community by writing an alumni profile for the website. Tell us what Imperial meant to you, share your journey and insights and tell us why you are proud to be an Imperial alumnus.

To complete an alumni profile, contact Jenn Rowater, Alumni Marketing and Communications Manager.

Location: Worldwide - online 
Time commitment: 
Approximately 30 minutes for a profile

Share your top career tips with current students

We are looking for alumni to share their top career tips and advice with current students who are finishing their courses and preparing to take their next steps during this difficult time. 

How do you navigate the job market during a recession? Do you have any top tips and advice to help our students to better prepare themselves? Can you recommend any online resources, sector-specific job boards, courses or books that may be helpful for students at this time? Or is there anything you wish you had known whilst you were a student or earlier in your career?

Share your career advice with students here

Location: Worldwide - online 
Time commitment: Approximately ten minutes