No matter your interest, background, hometown, or availability, we’ve created a vast array of opportunities for you to become active in the life of the Whiting School and in the greater Johns Hopkins community.
Volunteer and Engagement Opportunities
Students need opportunities to practice their interviewing skills, as well as build their networks. These opportunities provide them formalized opportunities to help jumpstart these important steps as they prepare to launch their careers and further learning once they graduate from Johns Hopkins.
- WSE Career Night: On Career Night, a panel of alumni speak about their professional experiences.
- Fall and Spring Mock Interview Night: Hopkins Engineering Alumni offer current undergraduate and graduate engineering students helpful interviewing tips by critiquing one-on-one interviews. The program comprises three rounds of individual mock interviews.
- Speed Networking Night: The event includes 10 six-minute rounds in which students give their personal “elevator pitch” to alumni and, in turn, receive feedback.
Alumni provide advice, guidance, and support to current students through one-time opportunities or longer, more formalized programs. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact [email protected].
- WSE Pop Up Mentor Program: The WSE Pop Up Mentoring Program pairs alumni with current undergraduate and graduate students to have a one-time virtual or in-person meeting to discuss an individual student’s need. Students submit an application and then are paired with an appropriate alumni volunteer. This program is hosted each spring.
- Formal Mentoring Program: The WSE Formal Mentoring Program helps current sophomore, junior, and senior WSE students by pairing them with alumni mentors in a formalized one-year program. Pairs are made based off degree/program, professional interests, and student goals. Participants are recruited to the program over the summer/early fall and the program officially begins in October of each year. The program concludes each year around May.
- OneHop Flash Mentoring: On the OneHop Mentoring platform, undergraduate and graduate students can create a profile and find potential alumni to message and connect with for further dialogue.
- Mentoring Meetups: These are events where students and alumni are paired together for mentoring conversations around customizable criteria for a short window or one-time event. These meetups typically engage students and alumni within a specific department.
- Hopkins New Venture Challenge/HopStart: Hosted by the Center for Leadership Education, HopStart recruits alumni, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs to serve as judges and mentors in order to simulate the real-world process of soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors. Learn more about becoming a HopStart judge or mentor on the HopStart website.
Our alumni have a wealth of experiences that our students want to hear about. If you are interested In one of the below opportunities, please email [email protected].
- Webinar Presenter: Have a specific topic or expertise? Interested in connecting with a small group of students from a department? This is a great opportunity for alumni to share their knowledge, passions, or advice in an intimate setting with a small group of students and/or alumni.
- Panelist: The Whiting School of Engineering, Life Design Lab, and Alumni Relations team host several topic-based panels throughout the academic year that provide opportunities for students to learn firsthand from alumni experts about a specific career path or field. Past topics have included clean energy, patent law, and technical management.
- Guest Lecturer or Speaker: There are a variety of opportunities for alumni to share their stories in a classroom, seminar, or lecture-type event. These differ from a keynote as they may be presented in a longer format or around a specific theme.
- Event Keynote, Discussion Leader, or Moderator: Many of our student-facing events also call for a skilled moderator or keynote to help enhance the program. More casual than a lecture or seminar, these opportunities allow for student to hear from alumni around a specific theme, usually paired with a networking-style event for further learning and discussion.
Even if you are no longer in Baltimore, there are many ways for you to stay connected after you graduate from Johns Hopkins.
- Dean’s Networking Event Series: Dean Ed Schlesinger hosts several networking receptions around the country each year. Events are hosted in the Bay Area, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Seattle. To learn more, please contact [email protected].
- WSE Virtual Coffee Chats: Dean Ed Schlesinger or faculty leaders from the Whiting School of Engineering host intimate chats with alumni. During these programs alumni can hear firsthand from the presenters and participate in an open question & answer session. To learn more, please contact [email protected].
- Hopkins Engineering Alumni Spotlight Recognition Program: This program helps identify WSE alumni doing impactful and innovative work in their chosen fields. Learn more about the Spotlight Recognition Program or submit a nomination.
- Regional Chapters: The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association has chapters and communities in more than 50 U.S. cities and more than 20 clubs in international destinations. Our volunteer-driven chapters and clubs offer a variety of events — from educational and cultural to social and athletic. Visit the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association website to learn more about JHAA chapters.
- Alumni Association Awards: Visit the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association website to learn more about Alumni Association Awards.