Group Mentoring

Program Structure:
The mentor will host a group of 3-4 1st year FTMBA students at their place of business. These on-site visits allow the students to explore the company and industry to aid in focusing in on their future career path. Possible outline of visit:

  • 2-3 hours in length
  • Company tour
  • Lunch with company executives
  • Discussion of career paths within the industry or company
  • Q&A from the students

A group mentoring opportunity occurs late in late-November or early December. A follow-up luncheon will be hosted by the Jones School in which the same group of students can reconnect with the executives and/or alumni from the host company.

Program Expectations:
The mentoring programs are not designed to find jobs for students. Mentoring is meant to help enhance and build student’s networking skills while providing them with valuable feedback and advice.

For Students:

  • Appoint a group leader that will connect with the company to set up a date/time for meeting
  • Come to meeting with prepared questions
  • Enhance and influence your career strategy
  • Deepen your knowledge of an industry or job function, including trends
  • Seek advice and insight from a real world professional
  • Gain skills in networking
  • Cultivate a deeper connection between the Jones School and the company
  • Express appreciation to the company
  • Attend the spring luncheon

For Companies:

  • Work with student group leader to set up a date/time for meeting
  • Host the students at your company during the fall semester
  • Host a lunch for the students that will include 2-3 company executives
  • Plan for these executives (or Jones alumni at your company) to attend the spring luncheon
  • Share information about your company and industry
  • Ask company executives to share knowledge about their education, career path, successes and failures
  • Increase the value of your Rice MBA by investing in future alumni

Corporate Partners for 2013-2014:

  • BMO
  • Cameron
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Halliburton
  • Memorial Hermann
  • Sysco
  • Waste Management
Group Mentor Program Timeline:
  September Group mentor company recruitment
  October 21 Group mentoring student applications open
  October 30 Group mentoring student applications due
  October 31 Group mentor matching occurs
  November 1 Group mentor matches communicated
  November – December Group mentor on-site company visits
  March or April Group mentor reconnect luncheon


Contact: Jenn Hartley, jennifer.hartley@rice.edu