About the Program

The Willamette MBA Mentorship Program matches second-year students with experienced professionals for guidance and support. The mission is to foster relationships between organizational 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. Virtual meetings can be used during COVID-19.

Second-year students 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 then implement the 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. 

Second-year students enrolled in the Full-time MBA (Early Career/Career Change) or MBAP program are eligible to participate. NOTE: All MBAP students may also participate as a mentor.

Apply to the Program

  • Complete the brief application 
  • 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/Concentration 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

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 (Fall Kickoff Event, Spring Luncheon)
  • First meeting and completion of a Professional Development Plan, turned in no later than September 30th, 2020
  • Update the Career Director monthly on plan progress

Important Dates

  • July 31, 2020 - Application due
  • September 2, 2020 - Kickoff event via Zoom
  • September 30, 2020 - Professional Development Plan due
  • November 23, 2020 - Fall Mentorship Check-in with Career Management
  • January 29, 2021 - Spring Mentorship Luncheon in Portland (tentative)
  • March 12, 2021 - Spring Mentorship Check-in with Career Management
Willamette University

MBA Career Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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