Written By Katrina Davy
Executive Director, Alumni Career Programs and Partnership UCLA

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of connecting with hundreds of UCLA parents and families at a presentation I delivered during UCLA Parents Weekend. As I walked away from the weekend I felt a renewed sense of energy in the wonderful ecosystem that UCLA students have to help in their journey towards the professional world.

Through Partnership UCLA and Alumni Career Programs we have developed a variety of avenues to support the career and professional development needs of students and alumni. As your Bruin navigates their time at UCLA I want to assure you that there are a number of programs available to support your student – no matter where they might be in their career journey.

As you may be aware, UCLA alumni and students have access to an invaluable resource: fellow Bruins. Alumni Career Programs and Partnership UCLA offer opportunities to help them tap into the network of over 500,000 living UCLA graduates through our unique programs and events which bring UCLA students and alumni together for focused interactions. To help your student make the most of the programs available, I thought it might help to highlight a few of the programs we run and how they can help your student launch a successful career.

UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

In the spirit of Bruins helping Bruins, the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program enables alumni to share their experience and expertise with UCLA students. Students have an opportunity to review and select an alumni mentor to receive academic guidance on course selection, study skills, graduate school planning as well as career advice, resume critiques, interviewing tips and general professional development guidance on networking and hobbies. The program is open to students of all class years and runs for the entire academic year and students registered in October. For more details on the program, please visit www.alumni.ucla.edu/mentor.

Bruin Development Academy

Helping students prepare for the world of work requires the support of our talented alumni network. Through intensive, hands-on training sessions, participants will have an opportunity to learn valuable skills from today’s industry leaders. Programs in 2016 include Advertising, Non-tech careers in Tech, Non-Profit, Bioscience and more. Students must apply to be part of this program. Applications for the winter 2016 programs will close on Monday, December 7, 2015.

Interview with a Bruin

Interview with a Bruin pairs alumni with UCLA students to help sharpen their interview skills. Alumni conduct mock interviews and give students valuable feedback and tips. It is a great opportunity for students to improve their interviewing abilities and for alumni to share their professional experience and knowledge. This program is open to all students and held twice a year in the Fall and Winter quarters. Our next session will take place on April 12, 2015. Details are available online at: https://alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/interview-with-a-bruin/


Entertainment Networking Night

Entertainment Networking Night gives students the opportunity to learn about careers in the entertainment field by interacting with UCLA alumni in the industry. From actors, producers and directors, to writers, network executives, lawyers and more – this event offers a unique opportunity for students to converse with alumni professionals in an informal roundtable discussion. This event is open to all students and will take place on January 27, 2016.

Non-Profit Networking Night

Similar in format to Entertainment Networking Night, UCLA students learn about careers in the non-profit sector by interacting with alumni in the industry. Non-Profit Networking Night is open to all students and will take place on January 20, 2016.

Life After the Degree

Distinguished alumni are invited to campus on a regular basis to present a topic of interest related to their industry, or to career paths in general. These sessions, which are followed by Q&A and/or a reception, are always interactive and informative. Topics have included career and professional opportunities, post-graduation experiences, and other subjects of special interest. This program is open to all students and hosted several times during the year.

Career PREP Externship

A one-day job shadowing opportunity for a student to experience a day-in-the-life of an alumnus in their field of interest. Designed for first and second year students, alumni host one-day opportunities once a year over Spring break. The application for the 2016 program will open in January.

College/Sharpe Fellow Internship Program

The College/Sharpe Fellows internship program supports the career development needs of undergraduate students at UCLA by bringing them together with top employers. The College Fellows have accepted internships at organizations like Proctor & Gamble, Saatchi & Saatchi, Walt Disney, Intel, GE, California State Assembly, and Deloitte Consulting. This program is specifically designed for juniors. Applications for the 2016-17 program will become available in July.

UCLA Social Enterprise Academy

The UCLA Social Enterprise Academy is a six-month social entrepreneurship program in which groups of UCLA students partner with participating social ventures to develop earned income opportunities and to present their ventures to potential investors. The program is designed to link students with established not-for-profits that are looking to enhance the effectiveness of their mission. Accomplished professionals serve as guest instructors to help participants learn about the basics of market research, operations, financial and business planning, marketing, SWOT analysis and pitching. This program is open to juniors and seniors of all majors; students must apply online at http://tinyurl.com/2016UCLASEA by November 23.


UCLA ONE (Opportunity.Network.Experience.)

Your student is supported by a robust Bruin network. Students can take advantage of the UCLA network by joining the online UCLA community through www.uclaone.com. This extensive online community brings together UCLA students and alumni for mentorship, informational interviews, career advice, job leads and more.

We hope you will encourage your Bruin to get involved in the many opportunities available on campus. To learn more about Alumni Career Programs and Partnership UCLA please visit www.partnership.ucla.edu.