Willamette MBA Mentorship Program

About the Program

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The Willamette MBA Mentorship Program matches students with experienced professionals for guidance and support. The mission is to foster relationships between corporate leaders, alumni, and current students providing an invaluable link between academic theories and the realities of successful employment.  The primary goal is for the mentor to coach the student with their stated professional development goals throughout the academic year. Mentors are chosen for their success in business, government and not-for-profit careers and their coaching/mentoring abilities and interests. Their commitment is to a face-to-face meeting once per month with the student, August through April.

Students are paired with a professional with similar interests and/or the ability to coach in a specific area.  The student and the mentor develop a plan together and them implement their plan over the year. Examples of activities include meeting monthly for lunch/breakfast, attending networking events together, job shadows, golf, or whatever the team decides would be the most effective way to implement the plan. 

Students enrolled in the Full-time MBA and MBAP program are eligible to participate.  Priority goes to students in the second year of their program. (NOTE: MBAP students may also participate as a mentor)

Apply to the Program

  • Complete an application 
    • First year students Deadline - by Monday, July 9th
    • Returning students Deadline - by Monday, July 9th
  • Interviews may be scheduled; the Career Management Team will reach out to schedule if necessary

Selection Criteria

  • Professional communication
  • Proven experience in taking the initiative to do something
  • Quality of essay explaining professional development goals and ability to commit time and initiative to the program
  • Location/Area of Interest and available mentor pool

Matching Process

Once selected, students are matched with mentors based on the following criteria:

  • Areas of Interest
  • Location (Portland/Salem)
  • Stated professional development goals and mentors' stated abilities
  • Matching priority will be given to returning students first

Student Requirements of the Program

  • Commitment to meet with a mentor/mentee once per month and a willingness to schedule and keep commitments 
  • Attend all mentorship meetings (June 28 Webinar, August 22 Kickoff Event, Spring 2019 Luncheon- January 25, 2019)
  • First meeting and completion of a Professional Development Plan, turned in no later than September 19th, 2018
  • Update the Career Director monthly on plan progress

Important Dates

  • July 9, 2018 - Application due
  • August 22, 2018 - Kickoff event in Salem
  • September 19, 2018 - Mentorship Plan due
  • November 14, 2018 - Fall Mentorship Check-in with Assistant Dean
  • January 25, 2019 - Spring Mentorship Luncheon in Portland
  • March 13, 2019 - Spring Mentorship Cehck-in with Assistant Dean