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Ways to Engage

Ways to Engage

Our alumni and friends make the LBJ School what it is — a dynamic, engaging place to learn and make connections for life. You can stay connected to the school through these existing opportunities, or contact Alumni Relations with your own ideas.

Join Alumnifire

Alumnifire is the LBJ School's alumni and student networking platform. This tool allows our students and 4,300+ alumni to contact each other directly and open doors and opportunities for one another. It is free to use, takes less than a minute to join, and is 100% powered by individuals. Over 700 LBJ alumni and students are already using Alumnifire to search for connections at target companies, find and post job and internship opportunities, share class notes and event announcements, and seek career advice! 

Submit a Class Note

Catch up with your fellow LBJ alumni! Submit your own personal or professional update at lbjalum@austin.utexas.edu.

Share Your Professional Expertise

The LBJ School's Office of Career Management has created a robust calendar of fall and spring events, including alumni resume reviews, mock interviews, alumni panels, career and internship fairs, webinars, Fall Open House, Admitted Students Weekend, and more. If you are interested in volunteering for a professional development event, please contact LBJ Careers.

Make a Gift

Gifts to the LBJ School are fully tax deductible, and there are a number of ways to make your contribution.

Apply for the LBJ Alumni Board

Application for membership on the Alumni Board is open to all alumni of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Find Your Local Area Alumni Chapter

The LBJ School currently has alumni chapters in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C. If you are interested in starting a chapter, contact Alumni Relations.

Plan a Class Reunion

The LBJ School welcomes reuniting classes to visit the school and can provide communications and some logistical support for your reunion. It’s never too soon to begin planning. Email Alumni Relations to get started, or view the LBJ Alumni Reunion Toolkit.

Become a Mentor

In 2017, the LBJ School relaunched its Mentorship Program, which provides LBJ students with an opportunity to be coached by an alum who works in the industry or policy area in which the student has an interest. So, what’s new? 

  • Registration will open each summer and alumni will be notified via email and Facebook and Twitter. Match emails will go out in mid-September.
  • The mentoring relationship will run September-May 31 so students will have a mentor throughout every stage of the academic year.
  • The Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) is working with OSAA and Alumni Relations to promote the benefits of the program in order to ensure student engagement.
  • All participants will receive a training guide, which will provide communication best practices, tips for reviewing resumes and cover letters (students will receive policy-specific resume templates), and advice on how to get the most out of the program.
  • Student/alumni matches will focus primarily on policy area.
  • Mentors will receive a monthly Mentor Newsletter, which will include upcoming LBJ School professional development engagement opportunities, tips for your mentorship relationship, and success stories from existing mentorship relationships.

To participate as a mentor:

  • Mentor criteria:
    • Minimum three years post graduate degree
    • Minimum three years of work experience
    • Currently employed or retired
  • We ask both the mentor and mentee to commit to a minimum of two hours per month. It is up to both parties to decide what schedule works best for them.

Mentorship Program Focus Areas:

  • Basic resume/cover letter review
  • Networking tips
  • Best practices for interview prep and follow-up
  • How to get the most out of your internship or new job
  • Success in your first few weeks on the job- do’s and don’ts- how to impress
  • Salary negotiation tips