The M&T Program promotes student and alumni/ae interaction at every turn. Graduates of the program provide formal and informal mentoring and are always willing to talk to current students. The M&T LinkedIn Group currently boasts over 1,200 members, including both students and alumni/ae. On any given day, an M&T alum may be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch, holding a recruiting event, or demoing a product they’ve developed to get student feedback. Below are some of the most common ways that current students and alumni/ae of the Program connect and network.
A number of events are planned throughout the semester by M&T Program staff and the M&T Student Board to foster cooperative engagement between students and graduates. Events take place both on and off campus.
NYC Student-Alumni Networking Event: Every fall, approximately 50 current students travel to Manhattan for the chance to meet a number of local M&T alumni/ae residing in the area. This is one of the most popular M&T Student Board events of the entire academic year!
Alumni-in-Residence Series: These small, informal occasions take place throughout the semester, with a focus on career paths. Alumni/ae from a variety of industries and backgrounds meet with students over lunch, dinner, or coffee, in the form of a Brown Bag Lunch, Brown Bag Dinner, Coffee Chat, or Women’s Event. The Program has even held Skype chats for those alumni unable to venture to campus.
NYC Career Trek: This event offers current students a glimpse into the world of diverse industries. M&T alumni/ae and their employers host students for informative tours and Q&A discussions. Students most recently visited the Manhattan offices of Palantir Technologies, Goldman Sachs, Evercore Partners, Fab.com, JP Morgan, and Google.
M&T Alumni Mentor Program: This special program matches hand-selected M&T alumni with M&T sophomores, juniors, and seniors for a group mentoring experience based on industry exploration. Mentors provide guidance and resources related to specific industries, including how to navigate on-campus recruiting at Penn, networking, and learning more about industry specifics.
It’s plain and simple: M&T’s love hiring other M&T’s.
Recruiting Events: Some graduates work with their employers to host large, M&T-specific recruiting events on campus. Others may host more informal sessions with a smaller group of M&T students to discuss job openings, the recruiting process, and company culture.
On-Campus Recruiting: Many alumni/ae specifically seek out M&T students for full-time or summer employment. They may work closely with a recruiting team in their firm or one-on-one with students to recruit top talent within the program.
M&T Intern Fellowship Award: The M&T Intern Fellowship Award offers financial support to students who secure internships with entrepreneurial ventures. M&T alumni and alumnae strongly support this unique opportunity exclusive to M&T students. Many graduates of the program hire M&T students every year for dynamic summer internships at their start-ups. Additionally, many graduates provide financial support to the Award, ensuring that more students are able to receive funding each year.