Collaborative Programs

Judges' Report

Single Institutions

33 entries

Gold Award

Rice University (TX) - Owl Edge Externships


  • Rice University launched the Owl Edge Externship pilot program in spring 2015 with the goal of recruiting alumni, parents and friends to host Rice students for short-term job shadowing experiences. While internship programs and mentorship opportunities existed previously in various pockets around the university, there wasn't a one-stop-shop for connecting alumni and students in this way. Equipped with a limited budget and in-house resources, Alumni Relations, the Center for Career Development and other campus partners promoted the externship opportunities by leveraging career fairs, student volunteers, existing electronic publications, presidential events, and the assistance of development officers and relationship managers embedded throughout campus and around the country. 

Silver Award

Amherst College (MA) - Amherst College Career Treks

  • Amherst College Career Center sponsored treks in various professions for students with demonstrated interest in particular fields such as entrepreneurship/innovation, government and nonprofit, media and communications, education, and business and finance. Chosen through a competitive application process, students from different majors and class years spend several days visiting sites and taking part in panels and discussions with alumni leaders in various sectors of an industry. 

Bronze Award

Colgate University (NY) - Colgate Professional Networks

  • The Colgate Professional Networks (CPNs) bring together Career Services, Institutional Advancement, and Alumni Relations to promote alumni and parent engagement, cultivate new professional opportunities for members, increase giving, and support undergraduate career development.

Multiple Institutions

4 entries

Gold Award

California State University, Office of the Chancellor (CA) - The California State University Class of 3 Million


  • Each year, the California State University graduates more than 100,000 students. In 2013-14, a milestone of 3 million living alumni was met. To celebrate this remarkable achievement and strengthen connections with alumni, the CSU Chancellor's Office developed and coordinated a centralized marketing campaign, "The Class of 3 Million." Although the largest part of the audience for this celebration was alumni, another key part of the audience was graduating seniors. The program's centerpiece was an online yearbook where alumni and the Class of 2015 from all 23 CSU campuses could connect, network and show their pride for being part of one of the largest alumni networks in the nation.