Looking for a meaningful way to give back? Let us match you with a current student to engage in a one-on-one mentoring relationship.

The next session of the Alumni-Student Mentoring Program will run from January 2017 - December 2017. A "Call for Alumni Mentors" will go out in September 2016; at that time, the application to apply to become an Alumni Mentor will be posted to this website, and a link to the application will be emailed to all alumni.

For questions or additional information, contact Alaina Schuster, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Development, at 713-348-3710 (office) or 713-542-6993 (cell).

Alumni-Student Mentoring Program is open to:

  • Alumni of the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University
  • Students in the first year of the Full-Time MBA program or the first year of the Professional MBA program

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 or networking strategies (Please note: this program is not intended to find jobs for students.)

Program Goals

For Students:

  • 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:

  • 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 student.