Looking for a meaningful way to give back? We match alumni with currents first-year students to engage in a one-on-one mentoring relationships.

The next session of the Alumni-Student Mentoring Program will run from January 2017 - December 2017. The application to apply to be an Alumni Mentor (or a Student Mentee) will open in October 2016. We'll notify alumni and current students by email when the application opens. In the meantime, please contact Alaina Schuster, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Development, at 713-348-3710 (office) or 713-542-6993 (cell), with questions or for additional information.

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.