Ways to Volunteer:
UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

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

Applications will be available in September 2014. To sign up to receive a email reminder in the fall, please click on the button below.

Mentor Interest Form »

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, it is still possible to mentor via phone, email or online.

The Process

  • Complete and submit an application.
  • Students view mentor profiles and select their mentors.
  • 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 Engineering and Nursing Alumni

The UCLA School of Engineering and the UCLA School of Nursing have arranged for alumni working in these specific fields to restrict the pool of students eligible to select them as mentors. The application will give you the option to only mentor either engineering students or only nursing students or any student. If you select one of the first two, only those students who are interested in pursuing either engineering or nursing as a profession will be able to select you as a mentor.

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