Mentor Program

Presented by the Design Student & Alumni Board (DSAB).

McNamara Alumni Center


The College of Design Mentor Program is an excellent opportunity for students to develop professional skills through the guidance of a mentor who is a part of the design, retail, or housing industry. Working with a mentor can provide direct knowledge about working in your area of interest and help with writing your resume and cover letter; offer interviewing tips specific to your industry; introduce and connect you to other professionals in the field; and assist you in developing professional, communication, and relationship skills.

Eligibility for Student Participation

  • College of Design students who are an undergraduate junior or senior, or graduate students
  • Attend a mandatory information session* AND submit a completed online application
  • Commit to connecting with your mentor once a month (in-person, email, or Skype)

*If you are a new student in the mentor program, you are required to attend a mandatory information session. If you participated in the College of Design Mentor Program within the last two years, you only need to complete the online application.

Expectations as a Student Participant

  • Attend a mandatory information session (first-time participants only).
  • Submit a completed online application (due in September).
  • Meet with your mentor at the kick-off event or arrange your first meeting during that week.
  • Continue meeting monthly with your mentor (in-person, email, or Skype) from November through April.
  • Discuss your needs and expectations with your mentor up front.
  • Act professionally throughout the program and respond to your mentor in a timely manner.
  • Be receptive to suggestions and feedback.
  • Understand that the mentor program is NOT a job placement program.

Application Steps

  • Attend a mandatory information session (if you are new to the program).
  • Complete the online application. Eligible students will receive a link via email in September.
  • After the application deadline, we will review your application and notify you whether or not you have been matched with a mentor by mid-October.
  • If you receive email notification that you have been matched with a mentor, directions for next steps will be included.

2017–18 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Gardner Builders
Wold Architects
Silver Sponsors
Haworth Made for Retail
Bronze Sponsors

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