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Information for Students

The College of Design Mentor Program is open to undergraduate students (JUNIORS AND SENIORS ONLY) and graduate students from all of the programs within the college.  A mentor is not guaranteed to all students who apply, but we do our best to match as many applicants as possible. Keep in mind, this is NOT a job-placement program, but rather a way for you to learn more about the industry and begin making connections with professionals.


Benefits of working with a mentor:

  • Learn to articulate academic and career goals.
  • Establish contacts within your industry.
  • Enhance your visibility as an emerging professional.
  • Develop professional, communication and relationship skills.
  • Jumpstart your transition from college to career.
  • Gain a mentor’s perspective on translating learning to practice.
  • Nurture your capacity for leadership.

Role as a student:

  • Discuss your needs and expectations with your mentor up front.
  • Be committed to carry out agreed upon goals.
  • Be receptive to suggestions and feedback.
  • Do not expect your mentor to answer every question you have; Network through your mentor to meet other people and gain access to professional resources.
  • Show appreciation for your mentor’s support and assistance.



2013-14 Student and Mentor applications will be available in August.


Program Links


Mentor Home

Program Information

For Students

For Mentors



DSAB Links



About DSAB

College to Career

Design in 7

Dirty Laundry



Resources and Training Links


2012-13 Program Handbook


2012-13 List of Mentors

Additional Mentoring/Training Resources

Mentor Program Newsletters

College of Design blog: D@MN

University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) Mentor Connection


Contact Information

Lucy Reile, Mentor Program Coordinator


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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