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Foster Undergraduate Mentoring Program

A partnership between – The Undergraduate Business Council, Foster Alumni Team, & Foster Career Services
October 2023 – May 2024

If you are interested in this program, contact [email protected].

Overview and Mission of the Program

UW Foster Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Mentorship Program that is led by Foster Career Services and the Foster School Alumni Association. This program is created to offer intentional mentorship for students of which they will be paired with a professional UW Foster alum as an early career resource where the students can build and develop professional relationships and networks, as well as receive academic and early career advice. This great opportunity to connect students with peers and professionals in the workplace will accelerate their professional and personal growth as they navigate their career exploration!

The mission of the UW Foster School of Business Undergraduate Mentoring Program is to enrich and support the professional, academic and personal experiences of these students through these mentorship relationships.  Alumni mentors will assist students in the transition from academic to professional life, and support their individual success at Foster and in their early career exploration.

Important Key Dates and Notes

  • Application submissions: September 15th – October 15th
  • Mentorship matching: October 16th – 29th
  • Kick-off & training: November 13, 2023 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Networking night: February 20, 2024 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Program closing celebration: May 15, 2024 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Mentee Expectations

Why participate? 

You will gain a professional resource who will help to expand your knowledge and skills, give you valuable advice, and work to build and expand your professional network. 

Your mentor is an advocate who will support you to set and achieve goals, build your network, and can partner with you on career exploration.

What is required of me as a mentee?

  • Committing to cultivating a relationship with your mentor during the entirety of the program (December 2022 – May 2023). Our goal is that you will maintain a mentorship connection beyond the scope of this program.
  • Connect at least once per month with your mentor via in-person meetings, video or message.
  • Take initiative by scheduling meetings and arriving prepared. Show a genuine interest, and ask questions.
  • Complete personal and professional goals assigned to you (and create your own!). Mark these as complete by the assigned due date. 
  • Demonstrate professionalism by being timely, open to feedback, expressing a willingness to learn, and following through on commitments.

Mentor Expectations

Why participate? 

Mentoring can be a fun and rewarding experience! You have the opportunity to advise, influence and support students on their university and career journey. 

You’ll find that your own career, too, can be enhanced by the time and effort you put into a mentoring relationship as you hone your coaching skills and become familiar with the new generation entering the workforce.

What is required of me as a mentor?

  • Connect regularly with your mentee in-person or via video or message.
  • Expose your mentee to potential career opportunities (via research, informational interviews, job shadow, professional organizations and networks etc.).
  • Help your mentee set and achieve goals.
  • Provide constructive feedback to enhance your mentee’s professionalism and preparedness.
  • Share examples of success and failure from your own experience.

How does the program work?

Students will be matched with a mentor based on interest. Each mentor meets with their mentee for the duration of the Winter and Spring Quarters, meeting at least once per month. Mentors and mentees are also encouraged to attend the monthly program event centered around a professionalism and/or DEI topic.

How are the mentorship meetings run?

At the first meeting, the mentor and mentee will come up with a series of topics they want to talk about, for example, “how do I interview successfully?” or “what does X job type really mean?” The mentor will work with the student to identify topics of interest for each meeting. The format of this program is flexible so that participants can identify topics that are best suited for them and students can prepare questions for their mentor that spark conversation and reflection.

For more information and to get involved: 

If you would like to participate, please fill out this form. We’ll be in touch when applications open for the next school year.

Prospective mentees (students): Tarah Moore, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Career Services | [email protected]

Prospective mentors (alumni): Kristin Anderson, Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Communications | [email protected]