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UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

The Alumni Mentor Program enables alumni to share their experience and expertise with UCLA students.

Apply to be a Mentor »

Applications are due on Oct. 17.

Roles and Responsibilities

Once selected as a mentor by one or more students, you have the opportunity to advise your student(s) about:

  • Academic Guidance
    course selection, study skills, graduate school planning
  • Career Advice
    job shadowing, résumé critiques, interviewing tips, general career guidance
  • Personal Development
    networking, hobbies, recreation, cultural/ethnic sensitivity

It is both the mentor and the student’s responsibility to keep in regular contact with each other. Check in with your student(s) at least once a week or a couple of times a month and respond to them in a timely manner. You and your student(s) will be invited to events throughout the year to network and socialize. Opportunities for interaction include:

  • On-campus mixers and workshops
  • UCLA athletic events
  • Access to volunteer opportunities
  • Cultural and social events

Even if you do not live near UCLA, you are still encouraged to mentor a student via phone, email or online.

The Process

  • Sign up/Login.
  • Complete and submit an application.
  • Students view mentor profiles and select their mentors. (Note: For Public Health, matches made by department.)
  • You will be sent the name(s) and contact information of each student that selects you. (Note: You determine how many students you’re willing to mentor.)

Please note that this is a student-selected process. It is possible you may not be paired with a student.

New for 2014-15

Alumni belonging to one of these categories below have the option to only mentor students belonging to the same group. If you select this option in the application, only this pool of students will be eligible to select you as a mentor. You also will have the option to be available to the general population of students.

  • Academic Advancement Program
  • Career Center
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneur
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Recreation
  • UCLA First Year Experience

For questions, contact Danica Dawson, ddawson@support.ucla.edu or 310-825-8736.

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