Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

OVERVIEW

The Jones School's annual Alumni-Student Mentoring Program is open to:

  • Alumni who are at a minimum of five-years-out from graduation – anyone from the class of 2011 and prior class years is eligible to apply to be an Alumni Mentor
  • Students in the 1st and 2nd year of the Full-Time MBA program, or the 1st year of the Professional MBA program

The program is limited to 80 students and 80 alumni. Spots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applications will close on the following deadlines, or when all spots have been filled:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Alumni Mentor application deadline
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Student Mentee application deadline 

It is important for you to know that not all applicants will be successfully paired with an Alumni Mentor or Student Mentee. During the matching process, we carefully weigh each applicant's unique responses and, ultimately, will only facilitate a Mentor-Mentee match if we believe it will be a mutually successful one. 


Once matched, Alumni Mentors and Student Mentees set their own meeting schedules, with a minimum of four visits suggested.

Possible discussion points throughout the Mentor-Mentee relationship:

  • Transition from the MBA world into the workforce
  • Industry and company experiences
  • Work-life balance
  • Job-search strategies (Please note: this program is not intended to find jobs for students.)

PROGRAM GOALS

For Students: (Apply)

  • Establish an environment of open communication and active listening with your Alumni Mentor
  • Understand the expectations your Mentor has of you
  • Enhance and influence your career strategy
  • Deepen your knowledge of an industry or job function
  • Seek advice and insight from a real-world professional
  • Receive and accept advice and constructive feedback
  • Sharpen interpersonal skills, professional acumen and networking proficiency  
  • Reminder: this program is not intended to find jobs for students

For Alumni Mentors: (Apply)

  • Establish an environment of open communication and active listening with your Student Mentee
  • Communicate your expectations to your Mentee
  • Share your personal experiences and knowledge – information about your education, career path, successes and failures, lessons learned, etc.  
  • Support your Student Mentee with networking advice and opportunities
  • Reminder: this program is not intended to find jobs for students
KEY DATES
Monday, July 27, 2015 Call for Alumni Mentors – alumni applications open
Monday, August 17, 2015 Alumni Mentor application deadline
Monday, August 17, 2015 Call for Student Mentees – student applications open
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Student Mentee application deadline
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Communicate matches to Alumni and Students
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:00am – 8:30am Mentoring Program Kick-Off Breakfast at the Jones School
Tuesday, April 12, 2015,
11:30am – 1:00pm (TENTATIVE)
Mentoring Program Closing Luncheon at Cohen House

Questions? Contact Alaina Schuster in the Jones School's Office of External Affairs at Alaina.D.Schuster@rice.edu or 713-348-3710.