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Rollins Career Champions

Career Champions gives alumni an opportunity to continue to build a legacy with new generations of Rollins students.

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Career Champions gives alumni an opportunity to continue to build a legacy with new generations of Rollins students.

Rollins Career Champions

Career Champions are alumni who bring real-world, industry-specific expertise back to current students at Rollins. The program empowers alumni to champion for the next generation of leaders by sharing career-related knowledge, advice, and experiences.  These connections will allow students to:

  1. Explore career paths
  2. Build their network
  3. Connect the dots between their Rollins experience and their career aspirations
  4. Prepare for the transition to life after graduation

Rollins Career Champion Programs

A Career Champion can give back to the institution through the following initiatives, with different time commitments:

  • Career Champions Mentor Program – Alumni serve as mentors for sophomores, juniors, or seniors with similar professional interests in this selective, long-term mentoring program.  Alumni and students connect monthly throughout the academic year, and mentees work towards a professional goal.
  • Chat with a Champ – Alumni interact with students to share industry insights through programs such as panels, classroom speaker opportunities, or ‘flash mentoring’, where alumni host brief 1:1 informational interviews in person or via Skype.  These interactions create the potential for lasting professional connections with students.  
  • Career Champion in Residence – Distinguished alumni leaders come to campus to share industry insight with students, staff and faculty during a daylong residency. Alumni engage in a variety of impactful interactions such as large scale speaking engagements, individual informational interviews with students, best practice sharing with faculty and staff, or visits in the classroom or with student organizations.
  • Day with a Champ – Alumni professionals host students at their place of work for a day-long shadowing experience, giving a students a glimpse of a day in the life of a professional in the field. Shadowing days include a meaningful agenda to maximize students’ learning and exposure to professional topics, concepts, and best practices in their company or organization through interactions such as a company tour, leadership panel, mock interviews, or meeting and project participation.

By harnessing the power of the Rollins alumni network and the deeply relational nature of the Rollins education, students will have increased knowledge and connections to prepare for reaching their post-graduate aspirations. Alumni will enjoy the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the Rollins community.

Get Involved

Students: The Career Champions Mentor Program is a competitive opportunity and applications are required. Mentees for the 2020-21 academic year have already been selected. The application period for the 2021-22 academic year is expected to open in Spring 2021. In the meantime, learn more about the program here, and contact Cassie Burns at cburns@rollins.edu if you would like to be notified when the 2021-22 applications open.

Alumni: Please complete the Volunteer Interest Form through the Office of Alumni Engagement to express your interest in getting involved.