Frequently Asked Questions
How much time will I be expected to commit to the program?
Students are asked to contact their mentor at least once a month. This can be done by phone, email, Skype or in-person meetings, whatever is conducive to you and your mentor's schedule. At times you may not have anything pressing to talk about, yet it's highly recommended that you remain in contact with your mentor monthly so they are aware of what's going on with you!
In addition, students are strongly recommended to participate in professional development programs. Many of these programs are coordinated by the Career Development Office but other activities can be done with your mentor. A sample of activities is provided below. Note that some of these programs are ongoing while others occur once.
Career fairs/Preparing for a career fair
Internship and job search strategies
Etiquette and networking dinner
"Careers In..." series workshops
When can I join the program?
Beginning your sophomore year, you can join the program. Juniors are also welcome to join. Seniors and graduate degree-seeking students must be at least 12 months from graduation to apply (i.e if you are graduating in May, you must apply before the end of March the previous year).
How/When do I apply?
Students must attend one of the 30 minute information sessions offered in the months of September and October. Once attended, students will receive the web link to complete the online application. The fall application deadline is early November. A limited number of information sessions will be available in January for 2nd semester transfer students.
Will I be paired with someone in my field of interest?
Oftentimes mentors select students who share similar interests based on information provided on the application. Sometimes it is not an exact match, but the individual chosen is able to serve as an informational resource on a variety of topics.
When will I be paired up with my mentor?
We try to get students selected within 3 months of when their application was approved, however there is no guarantee. The program relies on mentors to select their mentee, therefore some students may be selected sooner than others. We encourage you to ensure your profile is completed as thoroughly as possible and has been reviewed prior to applying. If your major and/or career interests change while you are waiting to be matched, please contact Sarah Brinker-Good, Program Coordinator.
What will happen once I am selected?
You will be sent information via email about your mentor once selected. Within 3 days of receiving your confirmation email, you will need to sign up for a new mentee orientation. Instructions are included in the email. Lastly, you'll receive monthly information via email to assist you with your mentoring relationship.
Will my mentor get me a job/internship?
Absolutely not! Mentors are not responsible for offering you a job or internship. The purpose of this program is to receive additional support and guidance, which could, but not always, lead to tips about jobs/internships.
Where can I get more information?
Please contact Sarah Brinker-Good, Program Coordinator, for more information.