Mentoring is a great way to stay connected with the university while helping to shape a current student’s co-op experience. This program, developed by the Office of Alumni Relations and Co-op Connections, makes it easy for you to make a strong connection with a student in your city.
Fall 2017 Applications are now closed.
Applications for the Spring 2018 cycle will open in January 2018. If you have any questions about getting involved, email Meg Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make an Impact
This program provides both students and alumni the opportunity to form a valuable connection. Students will gain valuable insight into the professional world and alumni will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on a student’s experience.
“Northeastern alumni make so many things possible for students. I’ve had such a great experience working with an alumni mentor on my current co-op. He has been able to help me navigate my new job and make important connections. ” – Greg Berson, SSH’16
“This is a hugely valuable program, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet people who are experts in their field.” – Margarita Kefalas, DMSB’17
Frequently Asked Questions
Which cities have co-op mentor programs?
There are currently established Co-op Mentor Programs in our Washington, D.C. and New York City Communities.
Starting in 2018, the program is planning to expand to Northern California and to London.CLOSE
How can I get involved?
To become a mentor in this program, you must complete the application form. Applications for the Fall 2017 cycle will be open from July 12 – August 1. Once applications have closed, our committee will review all applications and will do our best to match you to a student mentee who shares similar background, interests, or career goals. If you are selected for the program and matched with a student on co-op, you will be notified the week of August 14.
For more information, email Meg Andrews at email@example.com.CLOSE
When does the next cycle of the program start?
This program runs alongside the Northeastern co-op cycle, so the next round will begin in July 2017. Applications for both Mentors and Mentees will open on July 12. Mentor applications will remain open until August 1, 2017 and Mentee applications will remain open until August 7, 2017.
After the applications have closed, participants will be selected and matched. All accepted mentors and mentees will be notified the week of August 14 and invited to attend the kickoff event the week of August 21. The program will conclude with a wrap dinner in mid-December.
The Spring 2018 cycle will run from mid-January through June 2018.CLOSE
How much time should I dedicate to this program?
One of the great things about this program is that it is flexible. In other words, you and your mentee will determine how your relationship will work and how often you want to meet. Below are some of the guidelines and best practices that will help ensure a successful relationship.
- Complete the Mentor Agreement with you mentee at the beginning of the program to determine expectations, availability, and preferred methods of communication.
- Maintain regular contact (aim for twice a month) with your mentee
- Attend Kickoff Event, Wrap Dinner, and other community events in your region together
- Educate your mentee about your industry and city and prepare him/her to compete successfully in the job market
- Listen to the needs and expectations of your mentee
- Expose your mentee to the challenges, rewards, and outlooks of companies and career paths.
- Work with your student to establish realistic and obtainable goals, both personal and professional
- Consider inviting your mentee to visit your office to expose him/her to different company cultures or environments
- Teach networking skills that can be applied in multiple settings
- Be yourself, be flexible, be respectful, and encourage your mentee to do the same
What are the benefits of being involved?
Being a mentor is a wonderful way to stay connected to Northeastern and to have a positive impact on a current student’s experience. Here are just a few of the things our past mentors had to say about the program:
“Participation in the mentor program is truly one of the most impactful actions that I can take to give back to, and stay connected with, my alma mater. I strongly encourage others to do so.” —Geoff Collette, DMSB’07
“I liked begin reminded that the best education happens in and out of the classroom.”- Simone Berman-Rossi, AS’96, L’01
“As a person who graduated college about 25 years ago and has been in the working world for quite a while, it was rewarding for me to be able to help someone who is in college now and whom has a lot of questions about the professional working world.” – Joe Lillis, AS’93CLOSE
If I mentored a student last cycle, do I need to apply again?
No. If you have previously participated in the program as a mentor, you do not need to complete the application form again, unless your information has changed. Please simply notify Meg Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you are interested in mentoring again. We will do our best to pair you with another student.CLOSE