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We offer a variety of ways for alumni to give back to Stony Brook. Opportunities include: being a mentor, hosting a site visit, providing a job shadow, hiring interns, supporting our undergraduate professional internship fund, or participating in our educational workshops.  



This program is designed to ease the transition from college to career  by connecting students and recent alumni with CAN Mentors. A CAN Mentor is a professional who volunteers his or her time to network, provide advice, and provide career insight for students and recent alumni.  Mentees ask questions about majors, career paths, and career experiences. This program is about making connections and sharing information – not about asking for jobs/internships.


Students and recent alumni are curious about the realities of the world of work. Career decisions can be challenging with inaccurate and/or incomplete information. Share your career knowledge and advice to help students in their career development! This blog is intended for SBU students and alumni to acquire career knowledge and get advice from experienced alumni working in various career fields.  Click here  to visit the blog.

Want to get involved? Contact  Nikki Barnett at  631-632-9855 and fill out this  form.

CampusTap is our NEW networking and mentoring platform for the CAN program that allows you to make meaningful campustapconnections and exchange career knowledge with alumni and faculty/staff mentors, in career communities.   Click here and 'Join Now" to indicate interest. 


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Lead a workshop on interviewing skills, conduct mock interviews with students, or serve as a panelist for one of our career information nights. Students are especially impressed when guest speakers are alumni. It’s a great excuse to return to campus, visit former professors and advisors, and see the exciting changes taking place. Topics vary each semester. 


A visit is an excellent opportunity for students to see firsthand why your organization may be the right fit for them. Many students have never set foot in a professional environment and can benefit greatly from the experience. The Career Center can help publicize the event and organize transportation.

Want to get involved? Contact  Nikki Barnett at  631-632-9855.


Hiring an intern or co-op student is an excellent way to give back to your alma mater and share your expertise. Interns bring unique perspectives and fresh ideas to the workplace while learning firsthand how to make a successful transition from school to work. Watching interns grow professionally while mentoring and guiding them is a truly rewarding experience. 

Contact: Urszula Zalewski at (631) 632-6814 or at should be after Intern and Co-op.


The  Career Center Student Professional Development Fund  was created to help undergraduate students take advantage of career-related professional development opportunities. The number and size of the awards depend upon the number of applications, the relevance of the proposed activity to the student's career goals, and the amount of funding available. Funding is made possible by the generous gifts of parents, students, alumni, employers/industry partners and friends of Stony Brook University. 

Contact: Urszula Zalewski at  (631) 632-6814  or at

Who is eligible for a Career Center Student Professional Development Award?
  • Matriculated Stony Brook undergraduates at the U2, U3, or U4 levels
  • Completed at least one semester at SBU
  • In good academic standing with a minimum overall GPA of 2.85
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Career-related conferences, presentations, or networking events that take place off campus

Click here  to give and c ontact   Marianna Savoca  at  (631) 632 - 6810  or at for more information. 

For more opportunities to give back to the SB community, please visit the Alumni Association.


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