Office of Alumni and Career Services

Connecting alumni and students to strengthen the Spider network

July 20, 2010

When she was a graduating senior at the University of Richmond, Tracey Holgren Ivey, B’82, a business administration major with concentrations in finance and marketing, knew she wanted to pursue a career in the finance industry.

She focused on reaching out to alumni to learn about the industry and connect with opportunities in the field.

Now the director of consultant relations for Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley, an investment advisor located in Richmond, Va., Ivey knows the importance of tapping in to the Spider network.

“Since graduation and throughout my career, I have frequently relied on my UR connections for professional development,” said Ivey, who serves as the University of Richmond Alumni Association president. “Spiders share a common experience, a love of our alma mater and an indelible commitment to helping one another.”

It’s with this focus on connecting students and alumni for professional development that the University formally aligned the Career Development Center with the Office of Alumni Relations on July 1, forming the Office of Alumni and Career Services.

The new office will build on the rich experiences of Richmond alumni, enhance student opportunities and foster lifelong relationships with the University. Programs and services will support alumni engagement and increase opportunities for Spiders to connect with each other. Career development services will continue to be available for students and alumni.

“In the current economic climate, this collaboration is all the more important,” said University President Dr. Edward L. Ayers. “The University is committed, through the Richmond Promise, to increasing internship opportunities available to students. These opportunities are essential to our students’ complete learning experience and will help them successfully compete for positions after graduation.”  

Ben Paul, ’11, a political science major and history minor, is an example of the new office alignment in action.

Spending his summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern with Organizing for America, the successor organization to President Obama’s election campaign, Paul knows firsthand how important connecting with the Richmond network can be.

Paul landed his internship through the University’s D.C. Initiative program (DCI), which connects eligible students with summer internship opportunities offered by alumni and friends of the University. This is the second summer in a row that Paul has interned in Washington through the program.

Under the supervision of Tripp Wellde, ’06, Paul said he has been able to learn a lot about running political campaigns and how elections are won.

“The experience I have gained from two years in the program is invaluable,” said Paul, whose ultimate career goal is to work in the White House. “DCI has allowed me to network with alumni, which is essential when it comes to searching for an internship or job. The importance of networking cannot be overstated.”

For more information, visit http://www.richmond.edu/alumni-and-career-services/. Follow the Office of Alumni and Career Services on Twitter at http://twitter.com/URSpiderNetwork.

Get connected to the Spider network:

  • Join the UR Career Network, an online system that allows students, alumni, and other members of the UR community to connect with each other for professional networking.
  • Encourage your organization to offer internship and job opportunities for Spiders. 
  • Return to campus for Homecoming in the new stadium October 22-24 or participate in regional alumni events in your area.