Career Engagement

Engaging students and alumni in career development

Alumni leaders speak on career developmentThe Alumni and Student Career Engagement program plays a critical role in preparing and connecting current students to meaningful careers after college. Your journey from college to early career and through career advancement is a resource for students seeking the new life opportunities that a Bachelor or Master's degree can provide. Share your career successes to advance those of Cal State LA students - choose from the following list of low to high engagement opportunities that suit your schedule.

Contact the Alumni Assocation at (323) 343-2586 or if you are interested in learning more about the following opportuities.

Ways to get involved

1.  Online career communities

The campus offers several avenues to connect online with students for career networking and development. Given the robust nature of LinkedIn connections, here are a few groups we encourage you to join and to contribute career advice for students. Log in to your LinkedIn account in order to directly access the group links below.

LinkedIn Groups

Alumni Association

Career Development Center

2.  Internship and job postings


Free online posting of internships, in accordance with the internship posting guide, is available through the Handshake, the Cal State LA job board for students and alumni. To register follow these instructions.


Free online posting of part-time and entry to mid-level jobs also available through Handshake. To register follow these instructions

3.  Panel guest

Alumni speak on career mentoring panel

Each semester our team coordinates panel events where students can hear from a range of professionals about career-related topics such as the world of work, what to do with a degree in specific major, how to make the most out of an internship, how to get and keep a job, and more.



4.  Speaker for the day

Alumni speaks in class

Each semester our team coordinates events designed to inform students about career-related topics such as a day in the life of a professional, current trends in the field, connecting academics to career, strategies to advance in a career, and more.


5.  Résumé reviews

Alumni reviews student resume

Volunteer to critique student résumés during on-campus career events.



6.  Practice job interviews

Alumni and students practice job interviewing

Volunteer as a mock interviewer to help students practice for job interviews during on-campus career events.




7.  Cal State LA Career Mentoring Program

The Cal State LA Career Mentoring program is a collaboration between the Alumni Association and the Career Development Center, linking current students  or alumni with experienced local professionals serving as their mentors. The goal of the mentoring relationship is to enhance mentees' career development planning.

Mentors help participants develop the professional and personal skills useful for career development. Mentors can also provide valuable insights and advice on career choices, appropriate educational options, how to develop professional and personal goals, and guidance about potential employers and career networking opportunities.

The program is an opportunity for experienced alumni of Cal State LA to "give back" to the University, by assisting the career development of its students. Mentoring is a means by which professionals can contribue to specifc professions, as well as to the community at large.

To learn more, visit


Student speaks with alumni mentor at mixer