UCSF Connect

As the official networking platform for the UCSF community, UCSF Connect helps students obtain support from alums as they explore different career paths and build their professional networks! This support can take many different forms, from informational interviews to connecting with potential mentors.

Why should I use UCSF Connect?

To expand your professional network, and stay in touch with friends, classmates, and colleagues.

To stay informed about jobs, internships, UCSF events, and professional development opportunities.

To advance your career by meeting members of the UCSF community who are willing to serve as mentors, provide career advice, and introduce you to their connections.

What are other members of the UCSF community saying about UCSF Connect?

"UCSF Connect has been an easy and valuable way to connect with classmates and get mentorship and networking from the broader UCSF community."

"I love UCSF connect! it's an easy way to find mentors willing to support you!"

"UCSF Connect is a great way to meet alumni and folks interested in mentoring!"

"As a recent graduate, I look forward to staying in touch with my alma mater through UCSF Connect. I enjoy the fact that I can see what’s going on in the community and connect with other UCSF-trained professionals as I go along in my career."

"A great way to find mentors and keep in touch with classmates!"

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How do I use the platform?

Read more about using UCSF Connect:

How can I use UCSF Connect to approach an Alumus?

We developed a four-part video series to get you ready for successful networking. You can view all four parts here (they will play one after the other), or access each video separately:

  1. The Purpose of Networking and Creating Your Goals
  2. Identify Where to Network and How to Initiate a Networking Request
  3. Identify the Types of Questions to Ask During a Networking Interaction
  4. Summarize How to Follow Up After a Networking Interaction

Here is sample text for approaching an alum:

Dear Dr. Hughes:

My name is Jane Smith and I am a first-year student pharmacist at UCSF School of Pharmacy. I am currently exploring career paths in industry, and I am particularly interested in medical communications. I was very excited to find you on UCSF Connect. Would you be willing to meet with me for 30 minutes in the next two weeks to discuss your transition into this area? I would value the opportunity to learn about your current role, and your career path since completing your training at UCSF.

Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you for considering!

Warm regards,

Jane Smith


Finally, for support around the networking process, you can make an appointment with the Office of Career and Professional Development.


Upcoming Events


Career and Professional Development Writing Retreat

Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

OCPD Summer Celebration

Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 3 - 6 p.m.