Our alumni are a great resource — don’t be afraid to contact them! They can share their own experiences with you and offer information, ideas and maybe even the names of other people to contact.

When you email an alum, remember that you’re writing to someone you’ve never met.

  • Introduce yourself and explain how your interests intersect with theirs.
  • Be polite, write clearly, and take an extra moment to check your spelling and grammar.
  • Never make a request with a short deadline.
  • After you receive a response, send a thank you note! And make sure to follow up with your contact if he or she expresses interest in your progress.
  • Have fun making connections — these alumni volunteered because they want to help you.
  • For more tips on contacting alumni, read through the Career Center’s pages on networking.

Please use the Alumni Directory to get current information on what Carleton alums are up to.