What is the PSU WB Mentor Program?
The PSU WB Mentor Program is an opportunity for a student to connect with a professional in one's related field to obtain professional advice and insight into the world-of-work on a more personal level.
Mentors who participate are PSU alumni and/or community members who have a passion for helping young professionals. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between collegiate and professional experiences with an emphasis on nurturing soft skills.
- Define career goals
- Professional advice
- Gain insight into the world-of-work
- Ask questions related to your field
- One-to-one mentor relationship
- Get resume and cover letter advice
- Become part of a prestigious program
- Have a meaningful impact on your mentor
- Opportunities to network with professionals
- Obtain tips on interviewing and job search strategies
- Participate in professional development opportunities
Mentor Program Guidelines
Career Services Involvement
Career Services will take an active role in fostering the mentor/mentee relationship by keeping in regular contact with both mentors and mentees. This is covered in more detail beneath the individual headings listed below.
The time commitment for the program is at least one semester with the possibility of continuing for the entire of the academic year. This will be determined mutually by the mentor and mentee at the conclusion of the initial participatory semester.
Prospective Mentees will be permitted to apply to the program throughout the academic year. In order to allow an adequate amount of time for both Mentor and Mentee to work together, the following guidelines will be followed:
- If a student applies to the program within the first 5 weeks of any given semester, reasonable efforts will be made to allow the student to participate in the program during that semester.
- If a student applies to the program after the fifth week of any given semester, reasonable efforts will be made to allow the student to participate in the program during the following semester provided the student will be actively enrolled at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus for the duration of that semester.
Career Services will work to match the student with an appropriate Mentor as outlined above. Although a match is not guaranteed, every reasonable effort will be made. It should also be noted that a mentorship is not an internship, nor should there be any assumption of a job offer resulting from the completion of the mentorship.
Mentee Application Process
Students may be identified through various methods which include but are not limited to: faculty or staff nominations; self application; class requirement; counselor advice.
Students will complete a Mentee Application (available on the Career Services website or in hard copy at the Career Services Center) which will be reviewed by a member of the Career Services staff. Student will be contacted individually to meet with the Career Services Coordinator, to further discuss the roles and responsibilities to which the Mentee will be expected to adhere.
Students who are matched with a mentor will be required to meet once per month with Career Services in addition to working with their mentor so that progress may be measured and concerns or problems may be addressed. The student will be responsible for setting up these appointments with the Career Services Center.
Prospective Mentors will be permitted to apply to the program on an ongoing basis throughout the year. In order to allow an adequate amount of time for both Mentor and Mentee to work together, the following guidelines will be implemented:
- If a student applies to the program within the first 5 weeks of any given semester, reasonable efforts will be made to identify a Mentor to work with the student during that semester.
- If a student applies to the program after the 5th week of any given semester, reasonable efforts will be made to identify a Mentor to work with the student for the following semester, provided the student will be actively enrolled at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus for the duration of that semester.
Mentor Application Process
Prospective Mentors will complete a Mentor Application (available below or in hard copy at the Career Services Center).
Mentors who are currently participating in the program will be offered the opportunity to remain with their current Mentee for a full year, to be matched with a new Mentee if appropriate, or to withdraw from the Mentor Program. Mentors will be contacted prior to the end of each semester and provided a link to complete the documentation.
Mentors who agree to be part of the program will be matched with an interested student. A match is not guaranteed, however every reasonable effort will be made by Career Services.
If no match is made during the given semester for which the Mentor has agreed to participate, the Mentor will be given the opportunity to decide if he/she wishes to participate in the program for the following semester.
Career Services will contact the Mentors who have been assigned Mentees on a monthly basis to provide guidelines as to what should be occurring at that point in time. This is by no means a requirement, but merely a suggestion for those who wish to utilize it.
Career Services will also make direct contact with the Mentors at approximately mid-semester to gain insight into how things are progressing and to address any concerns or problems. It should also be noted that the Mentor is encouraged to contact Career Services at any time in the process if an issue or concern should arise.
Mentor/Mentee Initial Introduction
Mentors will be formally notified by Career Services when a match has been made and will be given background information of their future mentee.
Mentees will be notified by Career Services when a match has been made and will be given background information on their future mentor. Students will be responsible for making initial contact with their assigned Mentor. Career Services will coach the student in advance on various approaches to initiating the introduction and conversation.
All future correspondence will be arranged with each individual mentor/mentee. Methods of contact may include but are not limited to phone conversation, Skype, individual meetings, site visits, etc. Career Services is able to accommodate both mentors and mentees in various ways which includes offering office space for face-to-face meetings as well as Skype and/or phone access for students.
It is recommended that the Mentor and Mentee be in contact at least twice per month (6 times per semester). Although not always feasible due to employer and student schedules and physical location of the employer, it is suggested that one meeting should be face-to-face and one should include an actual visit to the employer site.
End of Semester Recognition/Appreciation
Mentors and Mentees will be invited to an end of semester appreciation reception to acknowledge their participation in the mentor program. Mentors and Mentees who opt to continue their relationship for a full academic year will be invited to participate in both receptions.
How to Apply
For Mentees (must be a currently registered Penn State Wilkes-Barre student):
Please click on the mentee application link below to print and fill out the application, then return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person to the Struthers Family Career Services Center.
Please click on the mentor application link below to print and fill out the application, then return via email to email@example.com or mail to:
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
PO Box PSU
Lehman, PA 18627-0217
- Career Services