Presented by the Design Student & Alumni Board (DSAB).
The College of Design Mentor Program is an opportunity students to grow professionally by working with a mentor in their field of study. Mentors share insights about current industry issues, technology, and career paths. They can offer feedback on portfolios, resumes, and cover letters, and provide industry-specific interviewing tips, and help students make connections and develop professional, communication, and relationship skills.
Eligibility for Student Participation
- Current junior, senior, or graduate student in the College of Design
- Commit to connecting with your mentor once a month (in-person, email, phone, or Skype)
- Complete and submit an application by the September deadline.
- Meet with your mentor at the kick-off event or arrange your first meeting during that week.
- Continue meet or connect with your mentor at least one time per month between November and April.
- Articulate your interests and goals for the mentoring relationship.
- Discuss your needs and expectations with your mentor up front.
- Act professionally throughout the program and ALWAYS 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.
- Reveiw the program website and understand your committment.
- Identify and be able to articulate your goals for the mentoring experience.
- Complete the online application. Eligible students will receive an application link by email in September.
- After the deadline, applications are reviewed by the matching committee.
- Applicants are notified whether or not they have been matched with a mentor during mid-October.
- If you receive email notification that you have been matched with a mentor, directions for next steps will be included.
- Mentor Application
- Mentor time commitment and expectations
- Eligible students receive an application link by email in September.
- Student participation requirements
Resources and Training Handbooks
- Program Handbook and Suggested Activities
- Mentoring Guide Mobile App
(download for free)
- College of Design blog
- University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) Mentor Connection
- College of Design Academic Programs
Director of Alumni Relations