The Career and Leadership Mentoring Initiative connects approximately 50 students (sophomores through seniors) to alumni and Davidson community mentors. While the mentoring relationship can take various forms, all mentors will help Davidson students prepare to make a positive impact in the world and translate their liberal arts education into a meaningful and impactful life.
Mentors will build coaching, communication and leadership skills while working one-on-one to help Davidson students build lives and careers that reflect their talents, passions, and values.
Program Dates: October 17, 2013 - April 2014
Minimum Time Commitment: Approximately 2 hours per month
Student Application Period: September 16-30, 2013
Mentor and Mentee Notification: October 10, 2013
Program Orientation (for local mentors and their mentees): October 17, 2013, 7 p.m.
Mentors and mentees agree to communicate at least twice a month, for a total of between one and four hours per month, throughout the duration of the program. Local mentor and mentee pairs will attend a fall orientation on October 17, a reconnection lunch in January and a reception in the spring. Out-of-town mentors and their mentees must participate in an online orientation. Additional meetings and conversations may take place on campus, at the mentor's workplace or home, in public spaces, by Skype, by phone, and/or by e-mail.
In addition to frequent conversations, mentor-mentee activities might include resume, cover letter, or graduate school application reviews; mock interviews; workplace tours; job shadowing opportunities; attending an activity or meeting related to the student's campus and community involvement and/or attending local events of mutual interest.
Students apply by submitting applications to specific registered mentors. While no mentee will ultimately have more than one mentor, students may apply to up to three. Follow these steps to apply:
Note that the application process is competitive; not every student who applies for one or more mentors will receive one. Students who are not matched are welcome to meet with staff in the Center for Career Development or the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development to discuss other ways to acquire mentors.
Student applications will be sent to mentors for review starting September 30. The Center for Career Development and the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development will match students with mentors based on the preferences of both parties. All mentors and mentees will be notified by October 10.
To learn more about the Career and Leadership Mentoring Initiative or if you have questions, contact Amber MacIntyre at 704-894-2122.