Mentor Program

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) Mentor Program is designed to provide opportunities for students to explore professions, companies, and industries in the world of work.     

Join the School of Business and Economics Mentor Program

The Mentor Program provides opportunities for students to explore professions, companies, and industries in the world of work. Through it:

  • We help students start the career search process early in their academic careers.
  • Mentees develop meaningful interations with business professionals.
  • Mentees connect how classroom learning applies to the real world.  

Danielle Larson and Kendall Georgeson

Program Structure

Mentees meet with the SBE Career Center to begin developing goals and activities to be spread over the 15-week semester. Then at the kick-off event, mentees present their plans to mentors to finalize goals and to schedule activities. Mentors commit to a goal of meeting with their mentees for 10 hours over the semester.

Upon completion of the program and its requirements, a Recognition Event will be held. Mentees/Mentors will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Activities That Mentors May Provide

  1. Host a company tour; offer job shadowing; introduce mentees to SSU alumni and colleagues in an organization.
  2. Take students to a business meeting, training session or workshop to observe executives in professional interactions.
  3. Demonstrate how to network with other professionals by attending a professional organization/service club meeting (Sonoma County Alliance, PASCO, etc).
  4. Attend a job fair and direct mentee toward internship and job opportunities.
  5. Offer advice on careers and setting academic goals.
  6. Give feedback on a resume and/or graduate school application.
  7. Hold a mock interview session (videotape and critique).
  8. Have a business lunch together; model professional phone etiquette; read an industry publication together.

Mentee Eligibility

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Business or Economics Major or Minor
  • First semester Sophomore or above
  • Complete application packet including:
    1. Resume
    2. Application
    3. Recommendation
  • Potential mentee interview

Mentor Program Schedule and Important Dates

Fall 2016 Dates:

  • September 6 or 8, 2016: Mentee Goal Setting Meetings
  • September 13, 2016: Kick-off Event (required) Schultz Information Center Room 3001
  • October 18 or 20, 2016: Mentee Check-in w/ SBE Career Center (mandatory)
  • December 6, 2016: Recognition Event (required for mentors & mentees) Schultz Information Center Room 1121

Spring 2017 Dates:

  • October 6, 11, 12, 2016: Program Orientation for Prospective Students Attendance at one of these meetings is a mandatory requirement. Stevenson 3095
  • October 31, 2016: Application Deadline. Stevenson 2046
  • November 7 to 18, 2016: Mentee Interviews
  • December 2, 2016: Selection Announcement
  • January 23, 2017: Mentor Pairings Announcement
  • January 30, 31 or February 2, 2017: Mentee Goal Setting Meeting
  • February 7, 2017: Kick-off Event (required)
  • April 3, 4 or 6, 2017: Mentee Check-in w/ SBE Career Center (mandatory)
  • April 2017: Mentor Check-in by SBE Career Center (via email/phone)
  • May 2, 2017: Recognition Event (required for mentors & mentees)

Begin the application process using the Mentee Application and the Mentee Recommendation Form.

Contact SBE
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