UCSD Alumni

UCSD Alumni

A New Model for Higher Education

UCSD Alumni represents more than 154,000 alumni at the forefront of the sciences, business, research, the arts, social innovation, and politics. To leverage the power of these talented graduates, the university’s Career Services Center (CSC) integrated with Alumni and Constituent Engagement (ACE) in fall 2013.

This innovative partnership is a new model for higher education. It inspires alumni to participate in the educational, career, and professional development of UC San Diego students and serve as key providers of internships and employment.

Learning about the experiences of alumni and taking advantage of their corporate contacts help students define and achieve their own long-term career goals. It also fosters their engagement with the campus community and a lifelong relationship with their alma mater.

UCSD Alumni and Career Services Center provide resources, programs, and services to students and alumni seeking career planning, graduate and professional-school advising, job and internship search preparation, and employment opportunities. The center’s preparatory services include resume critiquing, job search workshops, and mock interview practice.

Future initiatives will offer a high level of student and alumni engagement. Alumni in the venture capital field will teach an entrepreneur careers seminar focused on the “Idea to the I.P.O.” The Triton Externship Program, sponsored by alumni professionals, will provide job shadowing to give students a sense of available career options and required competencies. Another initiative, Career Discovery Week, is a weeklong series of panels and events in which more than one hundred alumni share their career insights with more than one thousand students.

The Alumni Advisor Network, which UCSD Alumni and Career Services Center launched in 2013, is an online platform that connects alumni to current students. Powered by Evisors.com, the service allows students to search alumni by industry, employer, geographical location, degree, and experience. Once students find the perfect match, they can connect one-to-one with alumni via a thirty-minute phone or online session. Alumni may share industry knowledge and expertise, critique the student’s resume from a hiring manager’s point of view, or conduct a mock employment interview.

Philanthropic Game Changer

2013 Triton 5k participants raised approximately $300,000 for scholarships

Alumni are UC San Diego’s most permanent constituency. Their gifts support scholarships, fellowships, research, innovation, and student programs of various kinds. In 2013, for the third consecutive year, alumni philanthropy shattered previous records in both the number of donors and the total amount of donations. Nearly ten thousand alumni gave a total of approximately $23 million, which included an $18.5 million gift from an anonymous donor to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the Jacobs School of Engineering. The number of donors increased by 8.3 percent over the previous year and 24 percent over the past three years.

The $18.5 million contribution—the largest alumni gift in campus history—was a game changer, both in terms of alumni support and in terms of its impact. The money will fund five new faculty endowed chairs, state-of-the-art teaching labs, fellowships for graduate students, and expanded mentoring and tutoring programs for undergraduates. The gift will provide just over half of the estimated $5.5 million needed for a 7,000-square-foot expansion and remodel of the CSE building.

Career Conversations That Count

Whether it’s a booming biotechnology company in San Diego, an entertainment studio in Burbank, or a high-tech start-up in Silicon Valley, UC San Diego graduates have left their mark all over California. There are currently more than forty-five thousand alumni in San Diego County, twenty-one thousand in Greater Los Angeles, more than twenty thousand in the San Francisco Bay Area—and still counting.

Triton Connect, a series of customized networking events designed to meet the needs of alumni in each of these three regions, drew three hundred participants in fall 2013. Panelists and keynote speakers consisted of seasoned alumni who shared valuable insights regarding their industries, and the importance of networking in achieving professional success. In an effort to connect younger graduates with experienced professionals, distinguished alumni were invited as “champions,” to answer questions and offer guidance during the networking portion of the event.

By far the largest employer of UC San Diego alumni is the university itself. The next five, in order of size, are Qualcomm, Google, Northrop Grumman, Hewlett-Packard, and Kaiser Permanente. As for industries, the top five sectors are computer software, biotechnology, research, hospital/health care, and higher education.

Fun, Fitness, and Fundraising

The Triton 5K, a yearly campus ritual, builds firm abs and a healthy bottom line. Established in 1996, the race has raised more than $3.3 million, benefitting more than nine hundred UC San Diego students. In June 2013, as part of the annual alumni weekend, the Triton 5K drew over twenty-five hundred alumni, faculty, staff, students, and community members and brought in roughly $300,000 for student scholarships.

Participants had the chance to run (or walk) past renowned art pieces on campus from the Stuart Collection, including the stone Bear and the iconic Sun God. New this year was the one hundred-meter-dash Kids Fun Run, with approximately two hundred of the university’s smallest Tritons, ages twelve and under. Following the race, more than three thousand participants and supporters enjoyed the event festival featuring live music, jousting, inflatable bounce houses, and a healthy living fair.

Alumni at a Glance