Life After Stanford

Career Development & Alumni Networking

The Career Development Center is dedicated to helping our students think about their career plans and assisting in the transition from student to working professional. The Center provides a vast array of services to Stanford undergraduates, including libraries and databases on career information, contacts and interviews with prospective employers, career programs and workshops, and individual career counseling.

The office of Undergraduate Academic Life also advises undergraduates on applying to graduate school, finding fellowships to fund their particular goals and preparing compelling application materials for both graduate school and fellowships.

Stanford students graduate with a remarkably strong global alumni network and their entrepreneurial spirit fuels Stanford?s reputation. While Stanford may be known for its venerable alumni like William Hewlett and David Packard (both from the class of 1934), or Jim Plunkett ?70 or Sally Ride ?73—consider the achievements of our even ?younger? alumni:

  • Emanuel Pleitez '05, served on the 2008 Obama-Biden Presidential Transition as a member of the U.S. Department of Treasury Agency review team. Afterwards he became the youngest candidate to run for a U.S. congressional seat during a 2009 special election.
  • Matty Merrill '00, founder of Distilled contemporary 'geek chic' menswear.
  • Kerri Walsh '00, Olympic gold medalist.
  • Yul Kwon '97, CBS Survivor winner.
  • Marissa Mayer '97, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo! Inc.
  • Nicole Kraus '96, New York Times best-selling author of The History of Love
  • Rachel Maddow '94, first openly gay American to win a Rhodes Scholarship and the first openly gay anchor to host a primetime news program.
  • Tim Westergren '88, founder of Pandora, radio from the Music Genome Project
  • Tracey Edmonds '87, entertainment executive
  • Dan Goldie '86, been on Barron?s list of the top 100 independent financial advisors and topped the best-seller list for his 2011 book The Investment Answer.
  • John Keitel '86, Kiss the Bride and Latter Days editor
  • Susan Rice '86, United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Rice is the first African-American woman named as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.


Last update: June 17, 2014 10:04 AM