Provide expertise, inspiration and advice to Imperial students and help prepare them for life beyond Imperial. Supporting a student doesn't need to be a big time commitment - from answering a one-off question by email, to becoming a mentor, there are plenty of opportunities to make a difference.


Mentor a student

Student at computerThe Alumni Mentoring Scheme pairs you with a current student to help to develop their confidence and insight into job roles and work sectors. We give priority to students who have come to the College via our Widening Participation initiatives. As a Mentor you will have an opportunity to develop your mentoring and coaching skills as well as staying connected with student life at Imperial today.

Over 120 mentors and 200 mentees have been matched for 2018/19, providing students with a sounding board for their career ideas.

During the mentoring period, we would hope you would have a minimum of six interactions with your student, with two of these ideally being face-to-face or via Skype.

The Mentoring Scheme runs for ten months, starting in May (ending in February-March the following year).  

Find out more about volunteering as an Imperial Alumni Mentor and sign up for the 2020-2021 scheme.

Visit the Alumni Mentoring Scheme webpage for further details, including contact information for the scheme coordinators.

Location: Worldwide – we encourage applications from all alumni as mentoring can be undertaken remotely
Time commitment: A minimum of six interactions across ten months, starting annually in May

Answer a student's question

Ask an Alum provides an opportunity for current Imperial students to ask a one-off question to an alumnus in industry.

As an Imperial graduate with experience of employment, you are in a unique position to offer advice to current students of Imperial who are interested in a career in your chosen profession. 

You can volunteer to be added to our database, and your data will be displayed anonymously to the student until you reply to their question. The Careers Service will limit the number of requests sent to each alumnus over the academic year.

Learn more about Imperial's Ask an Alumnus scheme and register to take part

Location: Worldwide (online)
Time commitment: Approximately 30 minutes per question and up to twelve questions per calendar year

Provide a work placement or internship

Why not consider providing an internship/placement or graduate job to an Imperial student? We are happy to hear about opportunities for our students and graduates at any time of the year.

  • Placements are normally for between six months and one year in length and are usually related to degree disciplines.
  • Internships are normally for between six and ten weeks over the summer vacation and do not have to be degree related.

You can get in touch with our Placements & Internships team to discuss potential options. If you’re looking to recruit on campus or promote your organisation, you can find out more about the full range of services available on our Information for Employers page.

Feature in an alumni profile

Help us to showcase the diverse range of experiences within our community by writing an alumni profile for the website. Tell us what Imperial meant to you, share your journey and insights and tell us why you are proud to be an Imperial alumnus.

To complete an alumni profile, contact Jenn Rowater, Alumni Marketing and Communications Manager.

Location: Worldwide - online 
Time commitment: 
Approximately 30 minutes for a profile

Share your experience - Women in Maths speaker series

The Women in Maths initiative began in 2016 and aims to inspire, promote, support and build a strong community of female mathematicians at Imperial. It is run by students in the department who organise a variety of activities including research talks, career events and social lunches.

We are looking for alumnae from a variety of industries to speak to students about their career and experience after graduating, offer advice and provide insights into different career paths.

Learn more about the Women in Maths volunteering role and register to join the speaker series

Date: Thursday 5 December, Thursday 6 February, Thursday 20 February.
Location: South Kensington Campus, London
Time commitment:  Approximately 1 hour in the afternoon, 13.00 - 14.00

Share your experience with MEng Design Engineering students

We are looking for alumni who are keen to get involved in teaching activities and share their insight with students across the four years of the MEng Design Engineering degree.

Sharing your experience can make a real difference to students who may be unsure about taking the first or next step in their career. Your input can be instrumental in helping to provide the information and insights they need to make informed decisions, and to choose a career path that is fulfilling and instils a sense of pride.

There are three key ways you can get involved:

1. Speak to students about your experience in the field of Design Engineering, both academic and professional.
2. Share your experience with the group project.
3. Share your experience with the SOLO Project.

Learn more about volunteering with the Dyson School of Design Engineering and register online.

Location: South Kensington Campus, London
Time commitment: Depends on activity