Partnership UCLA / Alumni Career Programs builds connections with UCLA alumni, community members and employers to help students develop academic and professional skills in preparation for life after university. Experiential learning and real-world experiences are provided through a variety of programs for all UCLA students.

Bruin Development Academy

Helping students prepare for the world of work requires the support of our talented alumni network. Through intensive hands-on training sessions, participants learn valuable skills from today’s industry leaders. Academy topics have included Real World 101, Consulting, Law, and Entertainment.

Collaborative Instruction

During Collaborative Instruction courses, faculty and alumni work together to apply theory taught in the classroom to potential careers following graduation. Students have the opportunity to learn more about practical application of their degree from the first-hand experience of alumni. Collaborative Instruction courses are offered through various departments including Economics, Sociology, Communication Studies, Anthropology and the Life Sciences.

Job Ready Bucket List

UCLA wants you to feel ready and confident to meet the next adventure after graduation. The Job Ready Bucket List is a virtual training program dedicated to strengthening your professional toolkit, while guiding you to check off those to-do’s you’ve been meaning to get to.

Life After the Degree

Distinguished alumni are invited to campus to share their experiences after graduation, often regarding a specific industry or career paths in general. These sessions, followed by Q&A and/or a reception, are always interactive and informative. Topics have included careers in entertainment, dream jobs in physical sciences and more.

Social Enterprise Academy

A six-month social entrepreneurship program where groups of UCLA students partner with participating social ventures to develop earned income opportunities and to present their ventures to potential investors. The program is designed to connect students with established nonprofit organizations in an experiential learning environment. Accomplished alumni and community professionals serve as guest instructors to help participants learn the basics of market research, operations, financial and business planning, marketing, SWOT analysis and pitching.

Industry Based Networking Nights

Industry-based networking nights give students the opportunity to learn about careers in particular industries by conversing and interacting with UCLA alumni in informal round-table discussions. Networking nights include Entertainment Networking Night, Nonprofit Networking Night, Finance Networking Night and Public Service Networking Night.

Bruin in Residence Program

Bruin in Residence program is designed to enrich student learning by further integrating accomplished business and community leaders into the UCLA community. Students have the opportunity to attend guest lectures, career talks, office hours, resume reviews and more.

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