Give and Volunteer
Every alumnus or alumna was a student once. You remember the feeling – the excitement, the opportunities, and the questions you had about your future beyond the Institute.
One of the greatest gifts you can give back to the Institute community is your time – time spent telling students who are enrolled today about your own experiences at and after the Institute, as well as time spent talking about the Institute with prospective students. Word of mouth remains the most powerful form of advertising for any organization, and the Institute is no exception.
You can particularly help current students and recent graduates by sharing information about “hot” jobs and internships in your field, or great web resources for professional development. We are constantly looking for alumni who are willing to serve as guest speakers at career events, and are in the process of developing new tools such as a more formalized alumni mentoring program and a blog featuring alumni-to-alumni advising resources. Wouldn’t it feel good to be the solution for a student facing the same questions you grappled with during your years at MIIS?
You can also help current students and faculty, many of whom were critical to your MIIS experience, by making an annual gift. It’s not the size of the gift that matters, but rather the fact that you and other MIIS alumni make an annual habit of making an annual gift. Your contributions will help to support student scholarships, guaranteeing that those prospective students who want to follow in your footsteps are able to do so, and faculty research and development, ensuring that our teachers are at the forefront of innovations in the classroom and in the field.
Perhaps you would like to join our Washington, D.C. alumni community in their scholarship initiative? Proposed by a group of D.C.-based alumni, this scholarship provides funding to one returning (2nd year) student from each graduate school.
In giving back to MIIS, you are affirming the role that faculty mentors and fellow students played in your own professional formation and stoking the passion in your next cohort of colleagues.
Be a career contact. Be an alumni mentor. Be an annual donor. Be the solution.