Engineering Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

The Engineering Alumni-Student Career Mentoring Program matches engineering students with an alumni mentor for a yearlong one-to-one professional mentoring relationship. The program provides students with support in identifying and pursuing their career goals through professional networking with experienced alumni of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. While each mentoring pair will work together to determine the best course of action depending on student needs and interests, past student mentees have visited their alumni mentors’ workplaces, conducted informational interviews with their mentors, and discussed a range of topics, including career interests, professional networking, and industry trends.

Student testimonials:

“My mentor was really helpful and engaged with the program. He was always enthusiastic about our meetings and introduced me to many people in industry. Overall, I am really glad that I was able to have the opportunity to meet and learn from my mentor.” – CE ‘16

"My mentor works in my dream field and helped me network and get an internship in it!" – ME ‘19

"It was a wonderful opportunity that I got to know my mentor and he helped me make some life changing decisions." – ChE ‘18

“My mentor pushed me to explore and expand my boundaries, both professionally and personally. I've come out more confident, eager to learn, and ready to tackle new opportunities. Listening to my mentor’s experiences helped me understand how I should handle myself professionally. His insights were interesting and very helpful. He was very helpful with any sorts of questions I had about industry. I had a great experience with my mentor.” – ChE ‘17

"Having a window into the professional world via my mentor was incredibly beneficial: there is so much out there that you can learn that ISN'T in the classroom, or even in college." – BSE ‘19

Program Overview:

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The Center for Career Development

If you are an engineering alumnus and you would like to apply to serve as a mentor to an engineering student please review the information here.

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