Piper Center Volunteer Opportunities for Alumni

The Piper Center provides resources and experiences designed to help students and alumni leverage their liberal arts education to achieve their full potential. View the programs below that offer volunteer roles to alumni interested in engaging with current students.

(If you are an alumnus/a seeking vocational and career support from the Piper Center, please see the alumni career services site HERE.)

Share your Career Story

Career Exploration and Alumni Connections

Attend an Ole Suite event to connect with students and to share your career and vocational journey.  Students report that networking with and learning from alumni is a deeply valuable and meaningful experience.

Events in the Twin Cities Events On Campus
Ole Biz
Ole Law + Policy
Contact: Kirsten Cahoon (cahoon@stolaf.edu)
Making it in the Arts
Contact: Bryan Shealer (shealer@stolaf.edu)
Ole Social Impact – Recruiting Showcase
Contact: Nate Jacobi (jacobi@stolaf.edu)
Connections Program (career treks)

Program cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Madison, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Twin Cities

Provide a walking tour of your city to orient students considering relocation after graduation, host a group of students at your place of employment, and/or speak on a panel to provide students with your vocational insight.

Contact: Kris Estenson (estensok@stolaf.edu)

Quo Vadis Sophomore Retreat

Share your vocational journey with 100 sophomores during a reflective afternoon panel at Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto, MN.

Contact: Nate Jacobi (jacobi@stolaf.edu)

Assist an Entrepreneur

Ole Cup

Support entrepreneurially minded students by providing feedback on their business pitch at the Ole Cup pitch competition. Or, support student entrepreneurs as a mentor. Student-winners receive start-up funds and mentoring expertise in the following areas: accounting & finance, fundraising & investors, legal services, marketing & social media, payroll & human resources, web & technology.

Contact: Margaret Bransford (bransf1@stolaf.edu)

Assist a Pre-Health or Pre-Law Student

Add your name to the list of St. Olaf alumni and parents who would be willing to offer job shadowing opportunities to aspiring pre-health (e.g. medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary science, etc.) or pre-law students.

Contact: Katie Hughes (hughes8@stolaf.edu)

Recruit an Ole

On-Campus Recruiting

Visit campus in the fall or spring to host an information session and/or hold in-person interviews for an internship or job with your organization.

Contact: Bryan Shealer (shealer@stolaf.edu)

Post an Internship or Job for Students

Advertise an internship or job in Handshake, St. Olaf’s career database where current students and very recent alumni can view the posting and apply directly.

Contact: Marietta Ruppe (piper.center@stolaf.edu)

Post a Job for Alumni

Join Ole Connect, an Ole-to-Ole professional networking platform, and post your job opening to the Ole alumni community.  Learn more about Ole Connect.

Contact: Jenele Grassle (grassl1@stolaf.edu)

Attend a Job/Internship Fair

Recruit Oles and other liberal arts students from the 17 member MN Private Colleges

Minnesota Private Colleges’ Fall Recruiting Fair
Minnesota Private Colleges Spring Recruiting Fair

Contact: Bryan Shealer (shealer@stolaf.edu)

Other resources for alumni

Ole Connect: join the professional networking platform and job board exclusively for St. Olaf alumni.  Learn more HERE.

Handshake: a tool available to students and very recent alumni. To obtain your login information, please contact the Piper Center at piper.center@stolaf.edu.

Online Alumni Directory: find contact information and connect with St. Olaf alumni

St. Olaf College’s LinkedIn Alumni Page: explore 24,000+ alumni profiles

Alumni Career Services: please reach out to the Piper Center’s alumni career coach if you are seeking 1:1 vocational and career support.