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Think Chapman First by recruiting Panther talent to join your team
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"Think Chapman First" is not just a program- it is a mindset. Our Chapman University professional network is only as strong as the effort that our members put into supporting each other. Thus, in order to make a lasting impact on our Chapman Family network, we each must commit ourselves to Think Chapman First in our day-to-day lives. 


We hear from industry leaders and employers time and again that Chapman students and alumni just have an “it factor” and that Panthers tend to stand out as “effortlessly personable, innovative problem-solvers and teammates that deliver beyond what is expected.”

If you or your company are looking for top-notch talent to fill roles within your organization, look no further than Chapman’s network of outstanding alumni and students.


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What type of opportunities is Chapman looking for?

When you Think Chapman First, it is a win for everyone involved. You have the opportunity to recruit some of the best and brightest candidates, while giving our alumni and students a chance to apply their skills and knowledge to help your business grow and thrive. Think Chapman First if your organization is looking to fill:

For students:

  • Internships (paid or for class-credit) that will enable them to learn and expand their portfolio relative to their major
  • Seasonal jobs and internships (paid or for class-credit)
  • Part-time employment opportunities

For alumni:

  • Entry-level paid job and internship opportunities for recent graduates that allow them to gain industry experience
  • Mid-level paid full-time job opportunities for alumni ranging from our young alumni to members of our 50 year club
  • Executive and leadership-level career opportunities that require leadership and experience

But I am hiring outside of Orange County

Although Chapman University is based in Orange County, our alumni-base expands across the entire US and globe. Additionally, as part of the mission of Chapman University is to mold Global Citizens, and because Chapman students are known for their international experiences through our popular study abroad program, many alumni are open to relocation and exploring other regions and countries. Thus, we are always looking for diverse opportunities worldwide

Additionally, many students return to their hometowns across the US and globe during the summer months (June - August.) Students consistently visit to our office looking for regional summer internship and job opportunities. Chances are, there are students who came to Chapman from outside of Orange County that would be thrilled to join your team.

Our top regions in the US for alumni are currently: California, Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Phoenix, Colorado, Portland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta.

What information do I need to share if I want to recruit Panthers?

In order to best serve you and promote your opening(s) across all appropriate channels, please either post your job on Handshake, or send us the following:

  • Job title
  • Company name
  • Job geographic location
  • Job description, including requirements (or a link to the online job description)
  • Directions on how to apply

You may send us either a link, PDF, or simply write the information in an email.

What happens when I Think Chapman First?

When you submit your opportunities to Career and Professional Development, we will act as your personal liaison and central point of contact at Chapman. We can submit all opportunities - no matter what level of experience or specialty you are looking for - to the appropriate Chapman University inter-campus-partners, and ensure that your openings are being promoted on the most impact combination of Chapman communication platforms.

If you are an alumnus who is Thinking Chapman First, we will mark your opportunity as a *Panthers Hiring Panthers* position, which lets your fellow Panthers know that there will be a friendly Chapman connection at your organization. As an alumni employer, your position(s) will automatically qualify to be featured in our bi-weekly emails sent to the entire student body, guaranteeing you maximum exposure.

How do I use Chapman's career portal, Handshake?

The Many Ways to Think Chapman First

Chapman University Industry Partners 

A corporate partnership with Chapman University is more than just a business arrangement. Together we can create many mutually beneficial successes.

Our nationwide network of corporate partners span all industries and include: Automobile Club of Southern California, Bank of America, Google, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, Wells Fargo, Allergan, Amazon, Boeing, Experian, and many more.

To discuss partnership opportunities, please call Tami Thompson, Director of External Relations, at (714) 744-7031 or tthompso@chapman.edu.

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Strengthen your organization’s relationship with our growing Chapman Family of administrators, board members, faculty, staff, and students, plus more than 50,000 alumni across the globe. Opportunities include guest speaking and lecturing, networking events, mentorship programs and more.
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Tap into the groundbreaking research taking place at Chapman and explore opportunities to collaborate with our pioneering experts across a broad range of disciplines, from big data and experimental economics to engineering and environmental and food sciences.
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Philanthropy is a powerful and impactful way to connect your organization with the incredible things happening every day at Chapman University. Companies play an integral role in sponsored research, scholarship funding, capital projects and more.
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Connect your team with invaluable professional development opportunities at the University, including executive education programs tailored to your organization’s unique needs.

Why partner with Chapman University?

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“Chapman University is proud to create mutually beneficial outcomes for our corporate partners by nurturing deep, long-term connections.” —GALEN GRILLO (EMBA ’13) Member of the Chapman University Board of Governors Vice President of Planning and Enterprise Integration, Automobile Club of Southern California

Your Liaison to the Chapman Network

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Meet FRANCISKA MORLET (M.A. '18) Chapman University's Associate Director of Employer Relations. Franciska is here to support you with all of your hiring needs. Her team provides concierge service to employers and will act as your liaison to the Chapman community. Reach out to her team, and they will ensure your opportunities are promoted on the appropriate Chapman communication channels, including Chapman's official career portal and job board, Handshake

Career & Professional Development


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In-person and virtual career appointments are available for students and alumni. 

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Additional information about how Chapman is responding to the Coronavirus is available on Chapman’s Coronavirus Resource Page.
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