OverviewBack to top
A mentee says:
"The mentor program taught me how to walk into a room of professionals and have confidence."
What is a Mentee?
Learner, Planner, Communicator, and Driver.
- Look for opportunities to grow and develop by asking for feedback, reflecting on experiences, and developing new skills and abilities.
- Openly discuss goals, challenges, and concerns with a mentor and inform him/her of progress made.
Juniors and Seniors Wanted
The Mentor Program is designed for juniors and seniors in the College of the Liberal Arts and runs through graduation.
Applications are now being accepted by clicking through the Registration link above.
|Fall Cohort||Spring Cohort||Summer Cohort|
|Application Period Opens||September 1||November 1||March 15|
|Application Deadline||September 30||December 15||April 15|
The Mentorship ExperienceBack to top
Mentorships vary. Strong mentees are intentional about the relationship with their mentors, sensitive to the multiple demands on their time, and appreciative of the support their mentors provide. They seek to make the mentorship a good one by investing time and energy to get to know their mentors. They recognize that their mentor’s advocacy is not automatic—it must be earned.
The role of the mentee is to be a true student, absorbing—and when appropriate—challenging the perspectives, knowledge, and life experience of his or her mentor. Mentees need to “use” their mentors and demonstrate initiative by identifying goals, suggesting next steps, and asking for input. Mentees should be willing to responsibly try out their mentor’s suggestions or explore together reasons for declining. Outstanding mentees frequently cultivate relationships with multiple mentors.
The alumni relations office arranges the initial meeting, with a facilitator, on campus or in some cases by phone or video-chat (SKYPE, etc.). Mentor and mentee Handbooks guide you through the steps to draft an action plan and schedule next steps together.
As a mentee you are asked to:
- Meet your mentor at least once per month in person or by phone or video-chat.
- After your 2nd or 3rd meeting, complete a written mentorship plan—a Compact—with your mentor, to be submitted to the program manager.
- Complete 3-month, 6-month, and end-of-year program surveys. These brief surveys, conducted on-line, are an important monitoring and program quality tool.
*Internships and job placement opportunities are NOT expected to be a regular part of the mentor program.
Resources and SupportBack to top
- Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network
- Penn State Career Services
- Penn State Career Services Handouts
Developing career goals and the career planning process
Résumé- and cover letter-writing guidance
Registration. The Matching ProcessBack to top
A mentee says:
"I can't stress enough how wonderful the College of the Liberal Arts mentor program was and how it benefited me."
Quality matches are at the heart of successful mentorships, and matches are based on career areas, geography, shared interests, and the like. With hundreds of alumni and students interested in participating, an application is required. The on-line form takes five to ten minutes to complete.
The application period for Spring 2016 ended December 15. Applications for Summer 2016 will be accepted starting March 15. Click here to register.