Haas Alumni Network

Student-Alumni Connections

Short-term student projects
As most MBA alumni remember fondly, many Haas courses require a student project. As a graduate of the Haas MBA program, you can continue that experience by posting a short-term project for today's students to tackle.

Projects are available to students in all degree programs. Students can search and organizations post projects by industry, project area, and geographic preference.
Post a project for student consideration

Student-Alumni Coaching/Mentoring/Networking Opportunities

Being a coach or a mentor for your classmates, Haas students or Haas alumni, is an amazing way to stay connected to the Berkeley-Haas Network.

- Network with current Haas students - as well as fellow alumni by keeping your information up-to-date and visible in the @cal alumni directory.
- Lend your expertise by speaking in a class or working as an alumni volunteer through the many Centers at Haas
- Connect with Haas Undergraduate students through their Haas sponsored clubs and fraternities
- Connect with Haas MBA students through their clubs and student run conferences
- Join your local Haas Chapter to assist with programming a presentations- share your expertise and your network with the Berkeley-Haas Network.

Finding a coach or a mentor is not only a great way to learn about various industries and companies, it is also a great way to connect with the Berkeley-Haas network.

Finding the right coach or mentor for you, is a very personal process. Are you looking for someone who has had a similar career trajectory as you? Or, are you looking to switch careers or industries, and sourcing the best connection as you make this transition?

Learn more about building a coach/mentor relationship, it takes time and effort, much like any relationship.

- Start with a clear picture of your networking journey- what are you interested in achieving and why are you connecting to specific members of your Berkeley-Haas network?
- Run searches in the @cal alumni directory, or in LinkedIn, to find Haas students or alumni who fit within the connections that you would like to make (within a company, industry, geographic region, etc).
- Connect! Reach out via email to request an informational interview or request a time to meet in person or connect via phone.
- Prepare for your meeting- what questions will you ask? What information are you most interested in learning from someone on the "inside" (that can't be found on a company website)?
- Be transparent- would you like their assistance in connecting you to a hiring manager or passing along your resume?
- Thank them for their time, knowledge, and connections- a little bit of thanks goes a long way.

Learn how can you turn networking requests and meetings into a stronger relationship.

- Follow-up with your new connection- keep them updated on your job search, current classes, relocation, etc.
- Share industry related information; articles of interest; Haas events of interest (invite your new connection to one of the Haas student-led conferences or Alumni Signature Events!)- keep your common interests and goals top of mind.
- Continue to build the relationship and stay connected.
- The best and most effective mentor/mentee relationships are built organically, and strengthen overtime.
- Not all relationships need to last a lifetime- some have limited lengths, and that is ok. You are looking to build a mutually beneficial relationship that may not need to last forever.

Enjoy this journey of going beyond yourself (opening up your time (and connections!) to being a mentor); and being a student always (being a mentee and knowing that by reaching out to your network, you are able to continue to learn in new ways).

The Haas Alumni Network= All of Us.

For more information, please contact Meg Roundy, Assoc. Director, Student-Alumni Relations: