Information for Students

Explore numerous avenues for establishing personal and professional connections with GW Alumni. 

Attend a Summer-Sendoff

First-year students and their families are invited to join us at one of our Summer Send-Offs. Graciously hosted by alumni and parents in cities around the globe, GW Summer Send-Offs provide new students and their families the opportunity to meet various members of the GW community, including other first-year students, parents, alumni, and administrators.

Apply to attend a Virtual Coffee/Dinner with Alumni

Always wanted to connect with experienced GW alumni? Haven’t selected a leadership position on campus, your major or career path yet? This is your opportunity to connect with GW alumni and fellow students! All coffee/dinner events (whether in-person or virtual) will be posted in GW HandShake and students will have an opportunity to apply. Spaces for both are very limited and signing up does not confirm your placement.  Once selected, students will be contacted regarding their participation. Please contact the Program Coordinator with any questions.

Tips for students:

  • Business casual attire is suitable for both in-person and virtual events—neat, professional, and appropriate for an office setting. Prior to attending in-person events, familiarize yourself with the location, including logistics such as transportation and estimated travel time. If needed, communicate directly with your host regarding any concerns.
  • For virtual events, ensure you log in 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Keeping your camera on enhances interaction with the host and other participants.
  • Take the time to do research on the host's organization to enhance conversation and drive specific questions.
  • Please note, for in-person events, alcohol consumption is not permitted, regardless of age, during these networking gatherings.
Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are one way to receive more detailed information about an industry or career.  Think about the following questions to enhance your coffee/dinner experience:

  • What do you want to accomplish during this time with the alumnus/a?
    The primary objectives of an informational interview are to investigate a specific career field, obtain advice on where you might fit into a particular organization, learn the jargon and issues of a particular field, create a strategy for entering that field, broaden your network, and/or build relationships with GW alumni.
  • How do you conduct an Informational Interview?
    Before your meeting, you should research your host’s employer and prepare questions to ask. During the event, share what information you would like to learn and gather information about the host’s experiences in a particular career path. Remember, this is not a job interview. Relax and have fun! 
  • What kind of questions should I ask the host?
    Use open-ended questions to engage your host. Here are some examples: 
    • What general skills does a person need to be successful in your industry?
    • What kind of background should an individual have in this industry?
    • What is the outlook for entry-level professionals?
    • What is the industry's future looking like?
    • Can you describe what a day looks like in your position?  

Feel free to ask questions about the host’s experiences as a student at GW, if and where he/she/they volunteered, and other activities he/she/they are involved in while on campus. While coffee/dinner is certainly a setting for discussing career interests, make sure to get to know your host as an individual and former GW student.

If You Need to Cancel
  • We will not tolerate no-shows or last-minute cancellations.
  • If you do not cancel your place at your dinner 48 hours prior to its start, you may be excluded from future opportunities. Hosts are expecting your attendance and will inform us if you do not attend.
  • Extenuating circumstances do arise, and will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, with decisions left to the discretion of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving staff.
  • Please email the program coordinator if you are unable to attend.
Thanking Your Host
  • Your host is paying for this coffee/dinner, and it is expected that you will write a thank-you note.
  • After attending your event, sending a thank you email to your host is appropriate, but please copy the program coordinator.  Be thoughtful as you write your note, and know that follow-up correspondence is a great way to keep your contacts updated for future opportunities.
  • Additionally, you can drop off your note with the receptionist at 1922 F Street NW, 3rd Floor, within 3-5 business days following your event, and it will be sent from the Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving on your behalf.  

Participate in GW Career Connect (GWCC)

Participate in GW Career Connect, an online networking community brought to you by the Center for Career Services to seek career guidance and professional development from alumni. Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to alumni in the GWCC platform for professional development and guidance.

Join the GW Alumni Association's LinkedIn Group

By joining the GW Alumni Association’s LinkedIn group, you’ll have the chance to network and exchange career advice with more than 38,000 alumni from 40+ countries to further your professional connections. 

Make your Senior Class Gift

The Senior Class Gift Campaign makes a profound impact on every area of campus. No matter your major or campus involvement, your time at GW was made better by previous seniors' gifts. You can make your gift to any area of campus including your student organization or athletic team. For more information about getting involved, email

Attend Senior Send-Off

Come to the Senior Send-Off for food and fun to kick off the graduation festivities, and connect with alumni and fellow graduates about your GW experience. Discover ways you can stay connected to GW, regardless of where you will live.

Host an Alumnus/a at Your Student Organization Event

The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving continues to connect current student organizations with alumni to enrich the GW experience. Student organizations or campus partners planning educational, social, or fundraising events are encouraged to complete this form.