Mentor Program

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

McNamara Alumni Center


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.

Application Steps

  • 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.

2018–19 Sponsors

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