Information for Students

Having a mentor allows you to gain wisdom from the Bearcats who have already blazed the trail, to make meaningful connections, to acquire real world insights, and to gain understanding about job opportunities and dynamics in your field of interest.

Time Commitment

Students should meet with their mentors once per month during the academic year – September through April. At the initial meeting, your mentor will help you 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 going to networking events and meetings, and doing job shadows with your mentor and his/her colleagues.

Relationships Can Be Virtual

A lot of great mentors live far from campus, in places like D.C., New York City and even overseas, so meetings can be done via phone, Skype or Google Hangout.

Mentor-Mentee Matching

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

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


A politics professor will check in with you mid-fall semester and mid-spring semester to make sure all is running smoothly and to provide encouragement and inspiration if needed.