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Share your IU experience: Alumni Ambassadors for Student Recruitment

SPEA alumni can serve as a valuable resource, providing an exciting and candid perspective on IU and SPEA for prospective students and their parents. Our Alumni Ambassadors for Student Recruitment program builds on the early successes of our SPEA Student Ambassador program, and provides an infrastructure to alumni for sharing their powerful stories and outcomes from a SPEA degree.

Alumni can choose among four “tracks” to be involved in student recruitment and even select several of them. SPEA will handle the “nuts and bolts” of programming, communications, and more!
  1. Prospective Student Outreach: You’ll be asked to reach out to select SPEA prospects and admitted students, as deemed by SPEA Recruiting. This can take place in several ways:

    • Event attendance: Alumni Ambassadors are invited to attend events for prospective and admitted students in areas with a high concentration of applicants.

    • Emails/phone calls: SPEA recruitment staff develops targeted emails from an alum’s perspective to send to prospective students. Select alums will be asked to provide their approval to use their name and work with the SPEA marketing team to craft appropriate quotes/testimonials. Alums may also be asked to call 5-10 admitted students to share their stories with the goal of encouraging enrollment.

    Time Commitment- The focus is on spring months for admitted student communications. Time required is as little as five hours of volunteer time per year, but we welcome more participation based on availability. SPEA will provide the student contacts and a script for speaking to students. Most events are held in locations such as Indianapolis, Chicago and D.C.

  2. Ambassador for Undergraduate Residential Based Learning Programs

    Bloomington Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center:
    Set to open in August 2013, the Civic Leaders LLC will house high-achieving first-year undergraduates from across IUB in the newly-renovated Briscoe Residence Center. Students will have access to smaller class sizes, influential speakers, and trips to places like Washington, DC among other benefits. We envision the LLC to be a place where students can work closely with alumni to better understand how they can make an impact beyond IU’s walls. Alumni Ambassadors can be involved with the LLC in three ways:

    • Visit/Speak: Alumni would serve as guest speakers in-person or via Skype, sharing their experiences in the work force or their expertise on a relevant topic in public affairs.

    • Mentor: We aim to provide the Civic Leaders residents with mentors, and we see alumni playing a critical role as either one-on-one mentors to students or as mentors to small groups of students. Alumni mentors should expect to meet (in person or virtually) with students at least once per semester, and be available should mentees have specific questions or need advice in a specific area. See SPEA Careers Mentor Program for more details.

    • Externships/Job Shadowing: SPEA believes that providing students with meaningful exposure – in their freshman year – in the working world will provide a foundation for students in their future internships and channel their passions into specific careers. Alumni can play an important role hosting students for informational interviews, small projects or externships taking place for short periods of time, or job-shadowing opportunities, where students get exposed to a “day-in-the-life” of an alum in their workplace.

    Time Commitment- Most interaction will take place during the school year and at the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center on campus, but job shadowing can take place over the summer months. SPEA and the LLC team would contact interested alums and schedule their visit to the LLC or their interest in job shadowing. For more information, please contact Emily Batman (speaugr@indiana.edu).

    IUPUI Sustainability House: Launched in Fall 2012, the Sustainability House is a residential learning community for students of various class years and majors interested in environmental and social action, education, and advocacy. As the SPEA Sustainable Management and Policy major (within the Bachelors in Public Affairs) continues to grow, this house will be attractive to SPEA students.

    IUPUI SPEA’s Justice and Pre-Law Community: Launching in Fall 2013, SPEA’s Justice and Pre-Law Community is a residential based learning community in The Tower (formerly University Place Hotel) for freshmen students interested in issues focused on social justice and pre-law. Students who opt to live in this community will be encouraged to enroll in a SPEA Themed Learning Community, which includes a first year seminar, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and an additional academic course.

    Alumni Ambassadors can be involved with the IUPUI SPEA residential communities:

    • Visit/Speak: Alumni would serve as guest speakers in-person or via Skype, sharing their experiences in the work force or their expertise on a relevant topic in public affairs, criminal justice, and/or pre-law.

    • Externships/Job Shadowing: SPEA believes that providing students with meaningful exposure – in their freshman year – in the working world will provide a foundation for students in their future internships and channel their passions into specific careers. Alumni can play an important role hosting students for informational interviews, small projects or externships taking place for short periods of time, or job-shadowing opportunities, where students get exposed to a “day-in-the-life” of an alum in their workplace.
    Time Commitment- Most interaction will take place during the school year at IUPUI and within Indianapolis. For more information, please contact Kyle McCool (kyhunt@iupui.edu).

  3. Indiana University Alumni Student Recruitment: The IU Alumni Association works with the IU Office of Admissions to broaden the reach of undergraduate recruiting and represent the university at events and college fairs. Alumni will sign up through the IUAA for the Alumni Student Recruitment program and receive a handbook as training.

    While this program is IU-wide and SPEA alums would be expected to speak broadly about their experiences with IU as a whole, and meet with students who have a range of interests, we believe this exposure would benefit SPEA as well.

    Time Commitment- Participation is ad-hoc, with the busiest periods in October and April. You will be provided with a handbook from Admissions and be contacted to attend college fairs and events based on IU Admissions needs.

  4. Outreach to Institutions/Friends of SPEA: We think alumni can play an ad-hoc role in helping to establish relationships with educators (high school and university) and institutions in their area, and putting these teachers, counselors, advisors, and administrators in touch with our recruitment team.

  5. Alums would be expected to speak on SPEA’s behalf and gain consent to pass along an individual’s contact details to SPEA, through a contact form SPEA will create on its website. In some instances, our recruitment teams may ask alums to facilitate in-person meetings, which the alumni would be asked to join.

    Time Commitment- Participation is ad-hoc depending on the number of contacts. SPEA will provide any necessary materials to teachers and alums and have a contact form to gather information. Contacts and outreach can come from any geographic area.
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