Frequently Asked Questions
How much time will I be expected to commit to the program?
Your available time and the student's level of need drives the nature of the Mentor-student Mentee relationship. Mentees are expected to reach out to their Mentor at least once a month and it is strongly recommended that Mentors & Mentees meet in-person at least twice per fall & spring semesters. Mentors and student Mentees are expected to continue the mentoring relationship until the Mentee graduates from Xavier University. View our time commitment handout.
If I don't live in Cincinnati, can I still be a Mentor?
Yes! We have had many successful long-distance mentorships. Starting in the fall of 2015, Mentees will indicate whether they prefer a Mentor who lives in Cincinnati or their hometown (or no preference). This will help you to know which students would be open to a long-distance mentoring relationship. Mentors who select students whose hometown is where they reside often meet face-to-face during school breaks.
Do I need to be a graduate of Xavier to participate?
No. Only 60% of our Mentors are Xavier alum. The rest have joined the Program through recommendations and current Mentor referrals.
How do I apply?
Mentor candidates are asked to complete the online mentor application form. When you apply, you agree to the terms of the Mentor Agreement. Once the application has been received, it will be reviewed and Mentors will receive a response within 7-10 business days.
Will I be paired with a Mentee?
No. Mentors select their Mentee using the online mentee selection site. Once your application is approved, you will receive further directions on how to select your Mentee. We request Mentors make their selection within two weeks of being approved to the program.
Must I select a Mentee with the same major/degree as me?
No. Often Mentors select students who share similar interests based on information provided on the application. This may include hometown, industry/field of interest, hobbies or other non-academic similarities.
What will happen once I make my selection?
You will be sent information via email about your Mentee and the Mentor Handbook which includes best practices. Your Mentee will meet with the Mentor Program staff to receive additional information on getting started with the mentoring relationship. Your Mentee will reach out to you within 3 days following this meeting. Lastly, you'll receive the monthly Mentor eXchange e-newsletter to assist you with your mentoring relationship.
Am I expected to get my Mentee a job/internship?
Absolutely not! Mentors are not responsible for offering a job or internship. The purpose of this program is to receive additional support and guidance, which may lead to tips about jobs/internships. The Career Development Office offers one-on-one career coaching, professional development and additional resources to assist students with job/internship searches.
Where can I get more information?
Please contact Sarah Brinker-Good, Assistant Director, Mentoring & Assessment, with questions.