Center for Community Engagement

Re-Engage with the CCE

Alumni Partners: Role Models and Mentors

Amherst graduates offer role modeling, inside information and real life experience that help mobilize students to become leaders in the world and launch them into a lifetime of involvement in their communities.  Each year alumni:

Mentor Interns at Nonprofits

Amherst students gain first-hand knowledge of their organizations when alumni introduce students to professional staff, arrange behind-the-scenes visits to their workplaces and host dinner to help students network.  In 2009, 32 alumni helped secure internships for Amherst students at their nonprofit organizations.  More than 70 interacted with students through field trips, dinners and workshops co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement. If you are interested in hosting an Amherst student at your organization, complete the form here.

Mentor Aspiring Educators

With more than 260 alumni serving as public school teachers, Amherst has a large and growing cadre of dedicated educators who can inspire and inform aspiring public school teachers.  In 2009, six seasoned alumni teachers mentored Amherst students who worked over Interterm in New York City schools through the Urban Education Program.  Several hosted student interns during the summer.

Participate in Panel Discussions

Alumni frequently come to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, community members, and other alumni.  Last year, alumni panels addressed public service career opportunities, public health, education, and poverty.

Lead Training Sessions at the CCE

Amherst students share a special bond with the graduates of the college, so alumni who step in as workshop trainers can have a strong impact on students’ interests in engagement.

Organize Classmates to Engage Current Students

Some Amherst alumni, including the Class of 1969, have pooled their efforts to mentor and engage students.