Giving Back

There are many ways to give back to TJ. Explore giving opportunities below and say thanks to the school that gave so much.

Student-Alumni Networking Opportunities

Primarily, the TJPF hosts two or more student-alumni networking trips for its student ambassadors each spring. These trips are an opportunity for students to meet with alumni working in various companies- from powerhouses like Google to start-ups like Verily- to learn more about each office and how TJ alumni ended up there. Last spring, students visited New York City and San Francisco. To read more about their experiences, click here.

Due to the current public health crisis, the TJPF cancelled this year's networking trips. Instead, we've launched a few new virtual programs, like the Student-Alumni Virtual Chats! For more information on how you can get involved, see our Student Alumni-Networking Opportunities page.


TJ's Mentorship Program gives students the opportunity to conduct research in a specialized field under the leadership and direction of experienced STEM professionals in the DC metropolitan area. Mentors enable students to apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting while providing an invaluable learning experience. Mentors work in all industries, from science and tech companies, to educational institutions and government agencies. The Mentorship Program meets TJ's senior technology research graduation requirement. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Tanuja Tase at

Each Spring, the TJPF hosts an Internship Fair at TJ. Employers from the local DC area are invited to host an information booth where they can share more about their company with current students and even recruit for upcoming internships. For more information, see our Internship Fair page.

Eighth Period Speaker Series

Students are always excited to hear from those who walked the TJ road before them. Seeing where TJ alumni have ended up and learning more about various professional opportunities encourages students to think about their worlds beyond TJ. In sharing their experiences, eighth period speakers inspire future course selections and even career pursuits. Among those speaking at TJ last year were alums Arvin Ahmadi (TJ '10) and Wendy McClellan (TJ '92). Ahmadi discussed his debut novel, Down and Across, and his path to published author-hood, while McClellan impressed students with talk of her career as Disney Executive Creative Director and her work on the forthcoming Star Wars Land.

If you are interested in returning to TJ as an eighth-period speaker, please contact Mark Gray-Mendes at