A New Way for Students to Connect with Alumni

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One of the most enduring benefits of a Duke education is the opportunity to network with successful alumni around the world. Connecting with alumni can help students enhance their studies, explore career options, make new contacts and identify potential jobs and internships.

Now, the Duke Alumni Association is making it far easier for students to tap into that network. This fall, DAA created a student portal into its redesigned alumni directory, for the first time giving students the ability to search for and contact more than 100,000 alumni. Students can access the directory through DAA’s website (alumni.duke.edu), where they can search for alumni in specific industries or locations. Students use their NetIDs to sign in to the directory; there is no additional registration necessary.

Once they are signed in, students can view alumni profiles, which provides a snapshot of an alum’s career, as well as his or her activities at Duke. They can also screen their searches to identify alumni who have indicated particular willingness to connect with students. Students can contact alumni through a guided form.

“Part of the value of a Duke degree is that we have an amazingly talented community available to us,” says Shep Moyle ’84, former president of the DAA board of directors and one of the alumni who spearheaded development of the new network. “We want to empower students and alumni to access that community at any time and find people who can help them personally and professionally.”

Abbe LaBella, a graduate student in genetics and genomics who tested a beta version of the network this fall, says the tool will give students a closer connection to the Duke community beyond campus. “As someone who will soon transition from student to alumna, the network gives me the tools to explore career options and the confidence that I will find a new Duke community in my next adventure,” she says.