Career Support

Careers change. Our commitment to support you never will. The Hope College Alumni Association offers you a variety of opportunities to stay connected and communicate with the alumni network.

A women getting assistance from a staff member at the Career Development Center.As career changes become more frequent, we are continually looking for ways to serve you. There are plenty of opportunities to stay connected and use the Hope network to bring your career to life.

Online Job Postings

Handshake is available to students and alumni and can be used to:

Employers, would you like to post a position?

Career Resource Network

The Career Resource Network connects alumni to students and fellow alumni to make informational career connections. Hundreds of exploratory conversations take place each year through the CRN.

Once you indicate that you would like to participate, your contact information becomes searchable to other alumni through the Career Development Center and the online alumni directory. Students can also reach out directly to set up a conversation by phone or in person, but only after training with a member of the Career Development Center.

Join today.

Joining the CRN makes your information available through the search but does not guarantee that a student or alumni will contact you. The number of contacts is based on the mutual interests of the student and alumni.

If you no longer wish to be included in the CRN, email and we will remove you from the database.

Externship Program

The externship program provides students with a unique opportunity for career exploration. Through an application process students are matched with alumni based on career interest to explore a particular profession and work environment, over a two- to five-day period. As a result, students can better assess their career interests and increase their network. Externships take place all over the United States, and are offered during the first two weeks of Hope’s May term.

Register to host.

Host Requirements
  • Provide a substantive experience at your place of business for two–five days
  • Complete the online registration form by mid February.
  • Serve as a mentor and help students learn about your particular industry
Typical Activities
  • Attend company staff meetings
  • Assist with projects or complete office tasks
  • Conduct informational interviews of professional staff
  • Observe client interactions and the functions and duties of a particular career
  • Tour the facilities
  • Review organization’s mission/vision statement and organizational charts
  • Understand office policies and procedures
  • Review current trends in the profession
  • Explore potential career paths within the organization and the profession
  • Meet with key players of the organization

The Externship Program is not for academic credit and students are not compensated. Students are responsible for finding their own housing and transportation to the externship site, and for all costs related to the externship. (There is an option on the information form to indicate if you would like to provide housing or transportation, but it not an expectation.)

The college makes the process easy for you and makes the selection for you! Our Career Development staff will select a student for you on the basis of their resume and the connection between the student’s goals for participation and the criteria of the hosting organization. Students do not need to show expertise or experience in the field of the externship for which they apply, but they must show sincere interest and curiosity about the field as a possible career option.

The extern's resume and application will be available for you to view in late March. Your extern will soon after be encouraged to contact you.

We encourage hosts to give a broad view of their organization and their industry to their externs. Making arrangements for your student to meet with your colleagues is often a great way for students to do this. We do, however, ask that you spend a portion of every day with your extern.

  • Deadline for host registration: Mid February
  • Externship opportunities available to students: Mid February
  • Externship student application due: Early March
  • Externship student placement notification: Mid-March
  • Mandatory student externship information sessions: Late March
  • Externship period: Early May

If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Jena Szatkowski.


LinkedIn is a free online network of more than 100 million experienced professionals from around the world. If you are working in the professional arena, looking for a job or a change in career, or simply interested in connecting with other professionals, building a profile on the Hope College Alumni Network can help you find (and be found by) former classmates, colleagues, clients and partners.

Networking Events

The Alumni Association hosts events to connect members of the Hope community throughout the year. “Living and Working In” events and job fairs are organized in partnership with the Career Development Center. Other social events are held on campus and around the world. Check out our upcoming alumni events.

Career Development Center

The Hope College Career Development Center provides alumni with services related to career planning, information and tips on gaining relevant experience.

Hire Hope!

Networking and personal contacts are vital approaches to finding work. If you are aware of any job openings or internships suitable for students or recent college graduates that are not 100% commission based, please participate in Hire Hope!

Graduate Survey

To examine how graduates succeed after college, Hope conducts an annual Graduate Survey within six months of graduation.