Alumni Resources

As a Grinnell College graduate, you are invited to engage with the CLS. This page is designed to help you navigate the many CLS resources that you have access to as an alum. In addition to these resources, we are happy to offer individualized advising sessions with CLS advisers when we are able to do so. We hope this page—and the links found within it—will guide you as you continue to navigate your personal, professional, and civic goals.

For questions or to schedule an appointment please email us or call (641) 269-4940.

We appreciate our alumni and want to see you succeed!

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Getting Started as Alums

Let us help you find the best path forward! Whether you are searching for jobs, grad school opportunities, or are just unsure of your next steps, we can help you explore what is next. Here are some helpful starter tips.

Industry- and Identity-Focused Advising and Resources

Our advisers are able to work with early-career alums for industry-specific advising questions. We want you to succeed and will do what we can to support your endeavors!

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Handshake as a Resource

Handshake is an online resource that can assist in your job search. It is capable of providing access to job listings and can help you connect with our advisers. For help reestablishing your handshake account, see the guidelines linked here. To access handshake, use the link below:

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LinkedIn is a great way for you to build a social profile that represents your professional journey. Our resources will help you update your profile to keep it looking sharp! Did you know that the Grinnell College LinkedIn page has a tool that can help you connect with over 13,000 Grinnellians?

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Mid-Career and Beyond

If you are a mid-career professional or later and seeking career advice, we encourage you to think about meeting with a certified Career Counselor. To locate a certified career counselor, we recommend starting with NCDA.

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Volunteer with the CLS

Would you like to find ways to be involved in a supporting role with the CLS? Visit the CLS information on the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) webpage linked below to learn more.

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By Hope Zionts ’26

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers grants to fund research, study, or English teaching in over 140 countries. Grant recipients range from graduating college seniors, recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals from all disciplines. A Fulbright is …

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Grinnell College Launches Social Innovator in Residence Program to Inspire Students and Foster Social Innovation

Grinnell College, Published April 27, 2023

Grinnell College’s Social Innovator in Residence Program will provide social innovators from around the world opportunities to advance their work by leveraging the resources of of the College. Goals for the program include fostering …

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Are you looking to pursue a career path that allows you to have more professional independence and flexibility in your schedule? Consider joining the 58 million Americans who are currently doing just that though freelance and contract work. Here are …

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