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Psychology Mentor/Mentee Program

The Psychology Department is excited to announce a brand new mentor program. The goal is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate juniors to engage one-on-one with alumni to acquire 'real world' guidance. Since this is a pilot program, we are limiting participation to psychology undergraduates who will obtain junior standing in the Fall 2012 semester.

Qualified undergraduates will be matched in summer with an alumni mentor if they meet the following criteria:

  • First-semester Junior-standing (earned 60 credit hours but not exceeding 75 credit hours) by the start of Fall 2012 semester.  AP credit will be reviewed to ensure that mentee candidates are truly first-semester juniors.
  • Maintain a UIUC combined GPA of 2.75 and UIUC Psychology GPA of 2.75 by the conclusion of Spring 2012 semester (Verified through Degree Audit Report)

Application Deadline:  APRIL 15, 2012

**Questions about the program should be directed to Psychology Mentor Program, Psychology Advising Office, Room 10 Psychology Building, 217.333.6478.


Interested in applying for the Psychology Mentor/Mentee Program?

1) Be sure to check your eligibility for the program

2) Read the Psychology Mentor Program Guidelines (below)

3) Complete the 2012 Mentee Application form.

Deadline: April 15, 2012


Psychology Mentor Program Guidelines

To enhance the transfer of knowledge and encourage relationships between undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and alumni of the program, the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board is organizing a mentoring program.  The mentoring program will offer a structured, yet flexible, system to facilitate one-on-one relationships between students and alumni.  Alumni are able to provide “real world” guidance regarding career planning and skills development in ways that classes alone cannot. 

Benefits of participating as a mentee include:

  • Opportunity for exposure to and consideration of career options for psychology students in various industries and sectors
  • For mentees who are unsure of their direction or career objectives, assistance in addressing their concerns and in finding a career path.
  • Ability to discuss classroom or textbook concepts as they relate to working professionals’ experiences
  • Identification of long-term professional development needs for success after graduation
  • Opportunities for networking
  • Development of an objective professional relationship over the course of the mentor program
  • Receiving advice regarding interviewing and resume writing skills.

Benefits of serving as a mentor include:

  • Assisting students with understanding the vast career options available to psychology students
  • Helping students identify the skills they need to succeed post graduation
  • Identification of potential interns and new hires for your organization
  • Opportunities for networking
  • Giving back to the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois

Volunteer mentors will be solicited through alumni contact records and self-identification.  Undergraduate students will be offered the opportunity to participate by the Department of Psychology Advising Office.  Application forms indicating special interests and disciplines within the field of psychology will be used to provide the best match between available mentors and mentees.  The mentor relationship is expected to last for two years, commencing in the first half of the student’s junior year of study (or upon transfer into the major).

Student Requirements:

  • Completion of the mentoring program application
  • Be an actively enrolled student at the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign, identified as an undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology in good standing
  • Actively participate in the mentoring program by contacting the mentor at least twice per semester during the academic year

Application Deadline: April 15, 2012

Mentor Requirements:

  • Be an alumnus(a) of the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois
  • Have been actively employed within the past 24 months  or be recently retired from a position utilizing the skills and knowledge obtained through his/her psychology degree.  While such employment should utilize skills obtained through the mentor’s psychology degree, it need not be in the field of psychology.  It can, for example, be in the fields of law, medicine, health services, human resources or other fields.
  • Be willing to commit to the mentoring program for a minimum of two years, consisting of contact with the protégé at least twice per semester during the academic year

Although in-person contact between the student and mentor is ideal, where possible, it is not necessary for a successful mentor relationship.  The student and professional may communicate via email, telephone, or other forms of communication.  While there should be no expectation of employment opportunities arising from the mentor relationship, and there is no requirement for any in-person meetings, we encourage mentors to provide job-shadowing as appropriate at their own place of employment or to arrange similar experiences elsewhere if possible.  As the mentor relationship develops, if the student’s interests are not well supported by the background of the mentor, the mentor may introduce other individuals from their professional network to assist the protégé’s professional development.

Expectations:

  • Student must contact mentors within two weeks of receiving mentor match information
  • Student must communicate with his/her mentor at least twice per semester during the academic year
  • Mentor must provide the protégé with a brief biography or resume outlining his/her education and experience
  • Mentor must offer assistance to the protégé with at least one suggested activity (see Suggested Activities list)
  • Student and mentor must both maintain confidentiality of sensitive information discussed as part of the protégé’s learning experience
  • Any requests for modification of the mentor/protégé match should be directed to the Department of Psychology Advising Office, Room 10 Psychology Building, 603 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820, phone 217.333.6478, e-mail Psychology Mentor Progarm

Suggested Activities List:

  • Lunch with mentor, protégé, and other practitioners in a discipline  utilizing the skills and knowledge obtained through their psychology degrees to discuss everyday challenges encountered in the workplace
  • Protégé accompanies mentor to an industry or employer meeting (may also participate via teleconference or video link)
  • Mentor and protégé discuss proper business etiquette and challenges faced in the workplace
  • Protégé is included on the research and/or review of a project or presentation prepared by the mentor
  • Mentor reviews protégé’s resume and provides advice for better marketing of the student’s qualifications
  • Protégé and mentor read a book or professional publication and share their interpretations and learning with each other

Application Deadline: April 15, 2012

Questions about the program should be directed to Psychology Mentor Program, Psychology Advising Office, Room 10 Psychology Building, 217.333.6478.