Mentor ProgramThe 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.
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
- Host a company tour; offer job shadowing; introduce mentees to SSU alumni and colleagues in an organization.
- Take students to a business meeting, training session or workshop to observe executives in professional interactions.
- Demonstrate how to network with other professionals by attending a professional organization/service club meeting (Sonoma County Alliance, PASCO, etc).
- Attend a job fair and direct mentee toward internship and job opportunities.
- Offer advice on careers and setting academic goals.
- Give feedback on a resume and/or graduate school application.
- Hold a mock interview session (videotape and critique).
- Have a business lunch together; model professional phone etiquette; read an industry publication together.
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Business or Economics Major or Minor
- First semester Sophomore or above
- Mandatory Mentor Program Orientation attendance
- Complete application packet including:
- Cover Letter
- Recommendations (2)
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.
October 31, 2016: Application Deadline
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)