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Engage more deeply with students and fellow alumni

Engage more deeply with students and fellow alumni by serving as a career mentor, helping students navigate their graduate school experience, convening with local alumni, serving as a departmental or industry liaison, or participating as a member of the GSAA Council. 

Virtual Coffee Program 

Engage and share your advice with current Harvard Griffin GSAS students through the Virtual Coffee program. This is an informal opportunity for students to “ask alumni anything,” and for alumni to help students make the most of their graduate experience by: 

  • imparting strategies for talking with their advisor 
  • providing insight into different career paths 
  • discussing an aspect of their scholarship and research 
  • sharing your journey at and after Harvard. 

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Register for the Firsthand Advisers platform, where you can provide students and fellow alumni with a burst of expertise through “flash mentoring” activities. 

Flash mentoring can include: 

  • career chats (30-minute time commitment) 
  • resume reviews/CV critiques (60-minute time commitment) 
  • practice interviews, e.g., behavioral, technical, or case (60-minute time commitment). 

Share tips on how to navigate the job market, leverage skills developed through a Harvard Griffin GSAS master’s or PhD program, and craft a resume that showcases talents and achievements. 

Convene Alumni 

Volunteer to bring alumni together by planning regional events, serving as a department or industry liaison to connect alumni from your discipline or industry, or acting as a Harvard Griffin GSAS liaison to a local Harvard Alumni Club or Harvard Alumni Shared Interest Group. 

Alumni Council 

Contribute your time and talent in service to Harvard Griffin GSAS as a member of the Graduate School Alumni Association Council. The GSAA Council is committed to advancing the interests of Harvard Griffin GSAS students and alumni. Through biannual meetings in Cambridge and virtual committee meetings, the Council develops outreach plans, considers student life activities, and nominates fellow alumni for Harvard Griffin GSAS’s highest alumni award, The Centennial Medal

Council members serve three-year terms, renewable by a re-nomination process, and commit to attending two Council meetings in Cambridge in the fall and spring. 

Nominations for Council 

Nominate outstanding alumni to serve on the council by contacting the GSAA with an explanation of why candidates merit selection. Typically, members have achieved success or distinction in their careers and have made significant contributions through community service. Submissions are reviewed by the Nominations Committee of the GSAA Council, with terms beginning in July. Nominations are considered on a rolling basis, so there is no formal deadline, but terms start July 1 of each year. 

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