Information for Mentors

Being a mentor allows you to be a guide and resource – sharing your education and professional experience to help students succeed in college and beyond.

Time Commitment

Mentors should meet with their students once per month during the academic year – September through April. At the initial meeting, mentors will help their students develop a plan that will act as the blueprint for the year. Guidelines and examples will be provided. Meetings can be traditional one-on-ones, but can also include taking your student to networking events, meeting with coworkers and clients, and doing job shadows with you or your colleagues.

Relationships Can Be Virtual

Don’t live or work near campus? Meetings can be done via phone, Skype or Google Hangout.

Student Commitment

The program is for serious students who have shown maturity in their college careers and an eagerness for entering into a mutually-rewarding professional relationship. Students who apply must have:

  • An expected graduation date of 2018 or 2019
  • A politics faculty member who is willing to recommend the student
  • A resume and LinkedIn profile that have been approved by Career Services

Mentor-Mentee Matching

Matching will be done by the politics faculty and will be based on your area of professional experience:

  • Government/Policy
  • Law
  • Nonprofit/Advocacy
  • Communication/Public Relations


Someone from Alumni Relations will check in with mentors mid-fall semester and mid-spring semester to make sure all is running smoothly and to provide encouragement and inspiration if needed.