With more than 3,300 members involved in Greek life, UNC fraternities and sororities offer more than just temporary social connections — they provide a large alumni network for students after college.
Many current Greek students create unique networks at UNC in terms of mentorship, career development advice and internship opportunities.
“It’s a way to separate yourself from the other applicants and particularly make connections with CEOs,” said Hilliard Burton, president of Chi Psi Fraternity.
Founded in 1855, Chi Psi’s UNC chapter is one of the largest on campus and offers many different networking opportunities such as dinners with former members and guest speaker lectures.
Burton said as a brother, he has access to alumni for career or internship suggestions.
“There are opportunities for those students in the chapter to interact in a very direct way with alumni,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, director of the office of fraternity and sorority life and community involvement.
He said Greek alumni are willing to give their time, wisdom and advice to the students.
“Many of those alumni stay involved, stay connected, come back to campus, so the students have opportunities to meet with and network with those folks multiple times a year and set up opportunities for internships or job connections,” he said.
He said in general, the older the group, the more extensive the alumni networking is.