Program Overview

This program aims to help individuals starting their careers figure out their next steps with a fellow alumnx who has already navigated a similar professional path. Mentors work with their mentees to increase their professional networks, gain better strategies on how to move forward in their chosen career track, and foster professional skills and growth.

Mentoring runs from July through December. Mentoring can be conducted over the phone or virtually. Mentors and mentees need not be geographically situated near one another. The program consists of at least one monthly contact and is generally a one-to-two-hour monthly time commitment.

Note: Mentees may be mentored in individual or group settings, per the preference of the mentor. The benefit of a group setting includes an expanded network of people in similar fields, in addition to and the increased energy that is typical in a group setting. We advise that if this is your first time as a mentor, that you only take on one mentee. 

Important Dates

  • April 28 - June 14, Mentor recruitment opens
  • May 24 - June 14, Mentee recruitment opens
  • June 16 -22, Mentor and mentee pairs are e-introduced
  • June 23, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Online Orientation (a recording will be available if you are not able to attend)
  • Monthly mentoring sessions, July - December
  • ​December, the program concludes


Tips to be a successful mentor

  • Develop mutual trust and respect
  • Listen actively both to what is being said and how it is being said
  • Ask open, supportive questions and provide constructive feedback
  • Help the mentee solve their own problem, rather than giving direction
  • Focus on the mentee’s development
  • Be responsive; try to reply to the mentee within 2-4 days

Mentor Application


Tips to be a successful mentee

  • Discuss your needs and expectations with your mentor up front
  • Be receptive to suggestions and feedback
  • Understand this is NOT a job or internship placement program
  • Act professionally throughout the program and respond to your mentor in a timely manner, recognizing they are also professionals volunteering their time

Mentee Application

Mentors' rosters have a limited number of spots and are first-come, first served. If your desired mentor's roster becomes full, we will contact you to see if you would like to work with an available mentor.