Participate in the Albers Mentor Program to build a relationship with an experienced business leader who can support you in your career journey.

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Building success in today’s business climate requires more than scholarly academic pursuits. It also requires knowledge of the business environment and the ability to negotiate within it. Seattle University has been greatly effective in building leaders who meet these criteria. A vital element in this success has been the Albers Mentor Program. By involving high level executives with our students, we provide an opportunity to meld the “real world” with the classroom.

The Mentor Program at a Glance

Each year, Puget Sound business executives volunteer their time to mentor Albers students. From October to June, mentor groups (a mentor and a small group of students) meet to discuss business issues, career paths, personal concerns and professional experiences. Samples of mentor group activities include presenting true-to-life case studies, inviting students to strategy meetings, providing an overview of a company, arranging meetings with company executives, etc. The time committed is flexible, but the groups generally meet every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the year with each group setting its own agenda and goals.

hear from Alumni participant

Lindsey McGrew

“The Albers Mentor Program has made a huge impact on my academic endeavors. My mentor was encouraging, honest and authentic which allowed me to connect on a professional and personal level. This is a priceless opportunity that will extend beyond the classroom and graduation.”

MBA Alum

Program Details

All graduate-level business students and senior undergraduate business students are invited to participate. Students who participated in the Albers Undergrad Leadership Program can join as juniors.  

It is expected that graduate and undergraduates will be grouped separately. 

As in most endeavors, the more you put into the program, the more you get out. Students are usually asked at their first meeting to identify their goals and objectives for the program (completing the Student Profile can be helpful for this discussion). This is done as a group and the more focused the group, the better the experience. This sometimes involves compromise since group members may have different objectives. In addition to defining learning objectives, students are responsible for making all contacts with the mentor and setting up all meetings. 

Since the inception of the Mentor Program in the 1990-91 school year, over 1,500 business leaders and 5,500 students have participated.

A list of mentors will be available in mid-September, along with the current date/time of this year's Mentor Fair. We recommend that you read more information about the mentors to decide which mentors might be most helpful to you for your interests and future goals.

Everyone who wishes to participate in the program should attend the Mentor Fair, which is usually on a Friday evening in late September or early October. At this event you can visit with the mentors and get to know them before submitting your Mentor Selection Form.

A Student Orientation session is offered just prior to the Mentor Fair.  Students are required to attend to gain more details about the structure and expectations of the Mentor Program.  If a student is not able to attend, a Make-Up Student Orientation will be offered after the Fair.

To officially join the program, submit a Mentor Selection Form online. Please submit this no later than the due date provided. If you are not able to submit your form in time, you will have to wait to join the Mentor Program until the next fall. 

Approximately 2-3 weeks after the Mentor Fair, you will receive via e-mail your mentor group assignment including the contact information of your mentor and other members of your group. The mentor group then arranges their first meeting time for November or December to start to get to know each other and make plans for the year.  From that point on it is up to your group and your mentor how you will proceed. 

As you participate in this program, please keep in mind the Mentor Program is a career builder activity - it is not a job placement activity. While discussions of your career, various career strategies and concerns, and what it's like to work in various industries are pertinent and appropriate for meetings, your mentor is not expected to provide you a job. 

If you need some ideas for what to do with your mentor, check out the Mentoring Activities & Discussion Topics provided by program coordinators.

We wish each student and mentor group to have a great experience. If you encounter problems with getting the group together or have other concerns, please contact our office as soon as possible at