Welcome to the e-Mentor Program supported by the Career Design Lab and Alumni Relations at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. We are excited to connect current students with experienced professionals. This program is designed to provide mentorship for young professionals or students with limited professional experience to learn from alumni and industry experts, tapping into their knowledge, skills, and experience. We hope you enjoy all of the benefits that this program provides.
Duration & Frequency
The Fall e-Mentor program runs from September 19- November 21, 2022. All mentors and mentees are expected to hold at least four mentoring sessions for a minimum of 30 minutes per session anytime in the three-month period.
- Updated: July 24: e-Mentors are confirmed + e-Mentor Confirmation form closes
- July 27: e-Mentor profiles go live
- July 29: Student e-Mentee participation submissions open
- August 16: Student e-Mentee participation submissions close
- August 26: Pairing Announcement to Mentors and Mentees
- September 14, 12 pm-1:00 pm (EST): Virtual Orientation: Mentor/Mentee Meet Up
- September 19 – November 21: Minimum 4 mentoring sessions
- September 30: e-Mentor Program (EMP) agreement due in Engage
- November 22: Exit Survey opens
- December 2: Exit Survey closes
Student Sign-up & Pairing
This is a first-come, first-served basis sign-up process. Students can review the e-Mentors from the bottom of the page and submit their first top five choices on the Student e-Mentor Program Submissions form. You must fill out all questions to be considered for the e-Mentor Program. CDL will review mentee and mentor preferences including the program of study, skills, job functions, shared interests, shared affiliations, and career alignment in the pairing of mentor and mentee.
Participate as an e-Mentor – Fall 2022 Mentor Submissions Closed
Mentor and Mentee Benefits
The e-Mentor Program is a wonderful opportunity for mentors to support Columbia SPS students in their career journey. Mentors will learn first-hand challenges and opportunities that mentees face and provide valuable insights on how to start and navigate careers, share industry information, review job applications, and conduct practice interviews with their mentees. The e-Mentor program offers an excellent networking opportunity for mentees, not only for building a strong base for your professional network but also for long-term career success, including the following:
- Deepen connections with the Columbia community
- Learn about and discuss specific and linear career paths
- Develop and cultivate an extended network
- Understand the relevance of their academic studies in a practical setting
- Discuss what tasks and issues professionals/leaders face at the workplace
- Discuss attributes and experiences organizations are truly looking for in potential candidates
We are here to assist you, please direct any questions or concerns to your CDL partners, Tiya McIver, email@example.com, cc: Barbara McGloin, firstname.lastname@example.org and Jia Wei Cao, email@example.com
The mentor’s role is to share experience, insights, and feedback that will guide the mentor in the achievement of his or her learning objectives. Listening plays an important part in the mentoring role – listening to understand the mentee’s goals and uncover key learning opportunities that support those goals.
We recommend all first-time e-Mentors attend the virtual orientation on Wednesday, September 14th, 12 Noon -1:00 pm (EST).
The mentee’s role is to manage the mentoring partnership. Since the partnership is focused on the mentee’s learning objectives, it is essential that potential mentees devote time to clarifying professional goals and identifying strengths that will promote the achievement of those goals and development areas that may be obstacles.
All selected e-Mentees must attend the virtual orientation on Wednesday, September 14th, 12 Noon -1:00 pm (EST).
e-Mentor Program (EMP) Agreement
All e-Mentor and e-Mentees need to review and sign the agreement by Friday, September 30, 2022.