What is the NWHSU Mentorship Program?
The NWHSU Mentorship Program will partner individual students with an alumni or professional mentor. Partnerships will be based on selected criteria including career preferences, academic background, geographic preference, and more. Matching students and mentors by geographic preference will enable students to develop networks in areas where they want to live and work. The program will be coordinated by the Northwestern Career and Alumni Services departments.
How does it work?
Students (mentees) and mentors will apply to be part of the mentorship program. Application criteria will be developed based on industry best practices and conversations with staff and faculty. Students will be matched with mentors. Student and mentor will be encouraged to follow a mentoring guide that suggest tasks, activities, goal, and objectives to accomplish during the agreed upon length of the mentorship relationship.
- Students will benefit from establishing and maintaining a professional relationship while in school.
- Students will become more familiar with an industry or profession in a location of their choosing.
- Students will receive guidance from an industry professional.
- Students will work with a professional to develop and reflect on goals and career pathways.
- Students will develop professional networks while in school.
- Alumni will gain access to some of the brightest and most hard-working students at Northwestern for their organization’s talent pipeline.
- Alumni mentors will gain firsthand knowledge of the talent and knowledge of Northwestern students. This development will enhance the bond between alumni and their alma mater.
Students and mentors will be surveyed on their experiences in the program upon conclusion of the set mentorship period. Career and Alumni Services staff will check in with students and mentors throughout the agreed mentorship period to gauge individual satisfaction and performance. Mentorship partnership will be based on select criteria including career preferences, experience, location, and more. Mentees and mentors will both complete a post-mentorship survey to gauge program effectiveness and satisfaction.
Please note: The NWHSU Mentorship Program utilizes a rolling model of pairing and placement. This means that every student, from every program, has the opportunity be placed with a mentor– as soon as an agreed upon mentor is located. Mentee applications will all be reviewed by program personnel, and the process to locate a mentor will begin immediately. However, there is no guaranteed timeframe for pairing/placement with a mentor. Mentorship program staff will work hard to place every mentee as quickly as possible.
Please, also be aware that student participants must remain in good academic standing, and students cannot receive clinical hours via mentorship. This program is an extracurricular opportunity, and does not fulfill any internship/clinical requirements or hours.