Alumni News

Manhattan Transfer

On spring break, students learn from the experts, whether learning about startups in Silicon Valley, the social impact of nonprofits in Chicago, or careers in international relations and human rights in Manhattan.Beware the Ides of March, spoke the soothsayer... for it is spring break time. Every March, students from around the country head south to fulfill boisterous stereotypes of the American spring break image, leaving in their wake ludicrous online "selfies" and jealous friends. But for many Grinnell students, spring break goes beyond this experience.
Case in point: this year, 20 Grinnell College students will take to the streets of Manhattan on their New York City Human Rights and International Relations Tour. They'll meet alumni in their workplaces–The New York Times and the United Nations, to name just two–and at evening networking events at the Center for Constitutional Rights and Neo Futurists Theater. 
The New York City break tour is the third industry tour organized by the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR)In 2012, a dozen Grinnell students learned the wonders of startups in Silicon Valley. In 2013, another dozen students blew into the Windy City to observe careers in nonprofits with social impact.  
“The biggest impact for students is the opportunity to connect with alumni in their place of work, in areas students are interested in," says Nate Dobbels, assistant director of Alumni Relations for Career Programs. "For alumni, it’s a reason to reconnect with the College, share their knowledge, and influence future leaders." 
Industry tour topics are determined by student interests, and “cut across where alumni are working, varying geographic locations and the diverse pathways of our graduates," according to Mark Peltz, Daniel and Patricia Jipp Finkelman Dean of Careers, Life, and Service. 
The CLS office and DAR also provide a spring break externship program for first- and second-year students. This year, through the program, alumni across the country will host 3- to 5-day job shadow experiences for more than 80 Grinnell students.  

New Scholarship for Iowans

Those Iowans admitted for enrollment in Grinnell College are now automatically considered for a new scholarship from the Dorrit Walsh Endowed Scholarship Fund. Read more

Thank You for Your Giving Tuesday Participation!

Grinnell College’s first foray into the international Giving Tuesday initiative was a huge success! By the numbers, in the 24 hours of Giving Tuesday, 112 people gave back to the College, and $41,310.64 was raised for current and future Grinnell students. We also enjoyed the opportunity to engage with all the alumni, parents, and friends who shared their pictures and comments describing their pride in Grinnell. Thank you, everyone, for your generous support!