University of Michigan

Career Chats

On-Campus Career Chat, Ann Arbor:

This on-campus event provides a unique opportunity to speak with development professionals from throughout our 500-plus community.  They represent a wide range of development specific areas, such as fundraising, communications, events, research, stewardship, administrative support and more.

Date: April 28, 2015
Location: The University of Michigan League, 2nd Floor
911 N.University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m. EST


Register here for the On-Campus Career Chat

The agenda for the On-Campus Career Chat includes:

  • Informal networking with UM development professionals eager to speak with you about their own careers and hear about your career aspirations
  • One-on-one resume review tables
  • "Quick Connections” - our own version of speed interviewing

Please email us at dev.careers@umich.edu if you have any questions! We look forward to seeing you on April 28th.



Virtual Career Chat, Webinar:

For those living far from Ann Arbor and would like an opportunity to learn about UM Development, we are holding a virtual Career Chat.  This webinar provides an opportunity to hear about the Victors for Michigan Campaign, learn how the development community is structured and hear from various Development professionals about working at UM.  There is also an opportunity to ask questions of our speakers.

Date:  May 13, 2015
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST

Register here for the Virtual Career Chat



Testimonials from past guests:

I still reflect back on the Career Chat I attended before I was hired.  The staff was genuinely enthusiastic about the U-M Development Community, and it was really inspiring.  I truly wanted to be part of such a special team working together for the betterment of the entire University community.  Now, as an employee, I am honored to be a member of that team.  Every day I see the commitment that first inspired me.

Martha K. Bayer
Administrative Assistant, Finance and Administration
Office of University Development

In my experience, the Career Chat was absolutely the most helpful part of my search at U-M. It creates an environment that can’t be recreated via email or resumes.  It allows you to interact with development staff that have been in your shoes, and are now serving in all areas of U-M Development Community. These conversations were crucial in determining where I’d be most valuable to the organization, and where I could make the most impact on our collective mission.

Jason Keech
Associate Director, Events
The University of Michigan Health System

As a mid-career professional exploring new options, I really appreciated the efficiency of the Career Chat. I got to hear about all aspects of development and speak to a few development professionals one on one.  Well done!

Susan Barnes
Communications Professional

Attending the Career Chats and listening to the development professionals gave me hope of finding a place in the profession.  The backgrounds and experiences varied widely, yet these people had found their way to development.  Before attending, I hadn’t realized that development was much more than fundraising.  There are many career paths including: stewardship, events, informational technology, marketing and others.  Later, when I spoke at a Career Chat as an employee, it was great to share my experiences.  I could put myself in the participants’ shoes and talk to them with their perspective in mind.  It was nice to feel like a mentor for the evening.

LaToya Singletary
Assistant Director, Advancement
The University of Michigan School of Kinesiology

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