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Connect with Students

Raise your hand as a Career Helper

“The students are eager for real-world information and it’s rewarding to share it with them. It helps to coalesce my own experiences.”

Alumni are critical partners in career development at Macalester. While staff provides resources, training, guidance and support, alumni have unique insights on how one “uses” a Macalester degree after graduation. Career Helpers are Macalester alumni who have raised a hand as a potential resource for current students in their career exploration. We are looking for alumni of all ages, experience levels, identities and geographic locations to serve as Career Helpers as we seek to meet the ever changing needs of our students. Career Helpers serve in a variety of roles, including:

  • Providing an internship for a Mac student
  • Sharing job opportunities
  • Providing informational interviews
  • Host events at your workplace
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Review resumes
  • Share career pathways via video

When the Career Development Center is looking for alumni speakers, panelists and hosts for site visits, they begin with Career Helpers. Career Helpers have a special designation next to their name on MacDirect, the online alumni directory which is open to all students, that indicates that you are available for informational interviews. Career Helpers are also listed first and highlighted on the alumni lists provided by the Career Development Center.

Sign up to be a Career Helper

Interview prospective students for Admissions

Admissions is looking for alumni interested in interviewing prospective students as well as representing Macalester at career fairs across the country. Alumni interviews can make a substantive impact when it comes to students deciding whether or not to attend Macalester.

As prospective students are most interested in talking with alumni who recently attended the college and can speak to the current culture and student experience, Admissions is in most need of alumni volunteers who graduated in the past five years who live outside of the Twin Cities.

Sign up to volunteer with Admissions

Connect with the Community

Plan Your Next Milestone Reunion

Reunion planning committees help get the word out to classmates, encourage people to register and support their class gift, and shape programming that is unique and meaningful for their class. Serving as a committee member is typically a 1-2 hour/month time commitment, with one on-campus planning meeting in the fall; committee leads, who recruit and manage committees, have a larger time commitment which begins in the spring.

There is still time to join the planning committees for Reunion 2020! The following classes are celebrating milestone Reunions: 2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975.

Sign up to plan your next milestone Reunion

Organize alumni events in your area or Regional Chapter

Interested in connecting with alumni who live near you? Join the Chapter steering committee or host an event. Alumni Engagement can provide event planning and management support, including emailing invitations, creating and managing registrations, and providing swag and materials. For more information, please contact us at alumnioffice@macalester.edu.

Sign up to join the Chapter Steering Committee or host an alumni event

MacDirect, the Online Alumni Directory

All alumni may access MacDirect, the online alumni directory. You can search for alumni by name, class year, location, major, student activities, employer, job title and more! Whether you’re looking to reconnect with a classmate, check out the local community or network professionally, start with MacDirect.

Log into MacDirect