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Connect with Alumni & Mentors

What do you have in common with an opera singer, a Peace Corps volunteer, an astronaut, a campaign speech writer, and a professional athlete? Rice! As a member of the Rice community, you are connected to a network of alumni working around the world.  Join the following networks to:

  • Network with Friends of Rice University - including alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and recruiters - who have joined the group to be a resource for current students and alumni
  • Ask career-related questions on the Discussion board
  • Receive guidance on how to search for a job, interview, network, start a new job, and more!
  • Hear about mentor events and activities
  • Search for and connect with professionals who have a career path that interests you 
You can access these alumni and mentors through a variety of platforms.  Here are three easy options.  Join the following groups: 


1.   LinkedIn

The Center for Career Development encourages you to join LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with students and recent college graduates comprising LinkedIn's fastest-growing demographic.  Signing up is free and it it not necessary to upgrade to the paid subscription.

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members, and growing rapidly.  Their mission is to connect the world's professionals to make them more productive, successful, and to facilitate connections  LinkedIn's platform is specifically well suited for students.  It will help you


  1. Establish your professional profile and control one of the top search results for your name.
  2. Build and maintain your professional network.
  3. Find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates.
  4. Learn about other companies, and get industry insights.
  5. Find other professionals in the same industry using groups.
  6. Share your thoughts and insights through LinkedIn's long-form publishing platform.
  7. Tap into the knowledge of your network.
  8. Discover new career opportunities by searching for jobs.
Here's an overview of how to set up your profile and what LinkedIn can do for you along with helpful videos.

During the school year, the CCD hosts monthly LinkedIn workshops. Keep an eye on our events calendar on the home page for the next workshop date!


2.   Sallyportal  - Rice University OWL Career Mentor Network

Sallyportal is Rice's online portal, which provides you with an impressive network of Rice alumni, parents, and campus partners eager to connect and to support you in your professional development endeavors - whether you're looking for a postgraduate program that's a great fit or help with starting your career.  You can sync your Sallyportal profile with your LinkedIn profile, add your interests, and connect directly with Rice community members who can best assist you.

Connect with members on Sallyportal.  For more resources on using Sallyportal as a mentor or mentee, CLICK HERE.


3.   LinkedIn/Alumni Feature  - Connect with Rice Alumni 

Once you have a profile on LinkedIn, you can search for over 40,000 Rice University Alumni that have profiles in LinkedIn to:

  • Leverage the network of the Rice Alumni network and connect with Rice Alumni.
  • Search for jobs and opportunities in the jobs database, then connect with alumni group members at that company.
  • Your search will tell you where alumni live, where they work, what they do, what they studied, what they are skilled at, and how you are connected.
If you are interested in learning more about LinkedIn, how to use it, and what it can do for you, the LinkedIn Learning Center is a good place to begin.


 Professionalism & Business Etiquette  

When reaching out to Rice alumni, professional etiquette is of the utmost importance. From asking for an introduction to discussing a connection's organization, following proper etiquette maximizes your chance to get responses from the people you're hoping to connect with. Here are resources for getting started: 

Tips from Etiquette Expert Diane Gottsman 

Ask the Expert 

International Business Etiquette Guide