College of Design
Mentor Program


The College of Design Mentor Program provides an opportunity for students to learn from current professionals and for mentors to help the future professionals in their field. Mentors are matched with students one to one and assist them with career exploration, networking, project critiques, and skill building, based on student needs and interests.


The program begins each November with a Kick-off event which provides an opportunity for the student and mentor to meet for the first time and gives direction for the next 5 months of the program. During the months of the program, mentors and students determine how often they will connect and the different types of activies or events in which they will participate. We ask mentors and students to connect at least once per month either by email, in-person, or Skype. The program officially wraps up in early April at an appreciation event.


Student and Mentor Expectations

  • Participate in some form of orientation and goal setting during the first month.
  • Meet with your partner at least once per month (in person, phone, or Skype).
  • Commit to being actively engaged throughout the program (November through April).
  • Return calls and emails promptly.
  • Act in a professional manner at all times.
  • Respect confidences and trust each other.
  • Work to discover common ground and be respectful of differences.
  • Be yourself.  Be a good listener.  Be available.
  • Contact program coordinator if there is a concern with the mentoring relationship.

Comments from past student participants:
"My mentor has been great at not only setting me up with his colleagues for networking purposes but also has given me valuable feedback and insight on my goals and opinions of the industry."

"This experience helped me understand the different fields of the interior design profession...and I am more confident about my major and area of interest. This was also a great way to network. "


The application for 2016-2017 will be available mid-August.




Suggested activities for students and mentors

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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