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.

Opportunities

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 programme is aimed at current Imperial students across all degree disciplines and prioritises students who have come to the College via our widening participation initiatives.

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.

Alumni registration for 2020/21 is now closed. If you would like to register your interest for 2021/22 please email us at alumni@imperial.ac.uk.

Visit the Alumni Mentoring Scheme webpage to find out more about the programme

Location: Worldwide – we encourage applications from all alumni as mentoring can be undertaken remotely
Time commitment: A minimum of five in-person or virtual interactions across seven months, starting in November 2021

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.

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

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 memories and advice with new Imperial students

However different things may be for new students joining Imperial this October, some things are universal. The nerves, the excitement, the potential that a new term brings. Please share some words of advice to help us welcome the newest members of our community, to make their lives a little easier and to reassure them that the knowledge, experience and friends they will gain here will last them a lifetime. 

Please complete one or more of the sentances below or share your own words by email to alumni@imperial.ac.uk. Please title your email 'Welcome Advice 2020'.

Thank you for making our new students feel welcome.

Location: Worldwide - online 
Time commitment: 
Approximately five minutes 

Share your words of wisdom with this year's PG graduands

With our virtual graduation celebrations for postgraduate students just around the corner, we are reaching out to our alumni community for advice and words of encouragement in what has been a difficult year for most of our students. Hearing from graduates who have walked Imperial's (virtual) graduation stage before them will help to set our students up for success and prepares them to navigate their post-graduation lives.

Please complete the sentence below to share your words of wisdom.

"When I graduated, I wish I had known that..."

Thank you for helping to set our granduands up for success.

Location: Worldwide - online 
Time commitment: 
Approximately five minutes