Established by the UCLA Alumni Scholars Club and now in its 16th year, the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program continues to foster meaningful relationships between UCLA alumni and current UCLA students. The connections made in this program help prepare our students for a successful future and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.
You have the opportunity to share your professional and personal experience and expertise with current UCLA students.
During this critical time for our students, the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program enables alumni to share their professional and personal experience and expertise with current UCLA students. The connections made in the program help prepare our students for a successful future, navigate uncertainty, and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.
As an alumni mentor, you will have the opportunity to provide student(s) academic guidance as well as career and personal development advice. Your insights on managing change and overcoming difficulty can have a deep and profound impact, particularly during this time. We encourage mentors and students to connect on a regular basis (e.g., once-a-month phone call, in-person meeting when safe, or email conversation); however, the frequency and form of communication are things you can determine together.
With students in remote learning for the time being, our alumni are even more crucial to our students’ success. Your mentorship can help a student create a game plan for the year ahead and even begin to build their network. Mentorship can also help students to move through their career discovery process without being on campus. Whether you are right down the street or across the globe, we invite alumni from around the world to be part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.
Any mentorship pairings made during the 2020-2021 academic year commit you to one another until June 2021.
Please click here for resources for mentors of undergraduate students.
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see the FAQs
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As a UCLA student, you have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about life beyond UCLA.
The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for you to form meaningful and lasting relationships with alumni across the globe or in your hometown. As a program participant, you’ll have a chance to request a mentor to assist you with academic guidance, career advice and personal development. We encourage mentors and students to connect on a regular basis (e.g., once-a-month phone call, in-person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you can determine together.
Mentors can open doors, introduce you to different people, and give you insights you may not have. Make the most of your year ahead by making a great connection.
Please click here for resources for undergraduate student participants.
If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
For more information, see the FAQs
If your requested mentor confirms, you are officially part of the 2020–21 UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. You can refer to our online Welcome Packet to get started with your mentor.
Every Thursday from 4 – 5 p.m.
(Meeting ID: 766 5638 5049).
Undergraduate Student Information Session:
Bachelor of Science in psychobiology
PGY-2 Psychiatry Resident, Henry Ford Health System
“Monique truly put my stress and anxiety towards this to ease. If I had any doubts or concerns, I would email her explaining my thoughts and she would always quickly respond with as much information as she could, shared her experiences and gave me words of encouragement. I really appreciated and continue to appreciate all she has taught me and shared with me, as it has made my transition from an undergraduate to possible medical school student less stressful and more exciting. She goes beyond what I expected any mentor to be from the program, and even called me during the pandemic (an extremely busy time for our frontline workers, such as she), to help me brainstorm and work through possible topics and directions for my personal essay. She also offered to look over my essay to give pointers and proofread, which I am very thankful for, as I value her input and her experiences. I am so happy to have found Dr. Mun and she definitely made my senior and medical school applicant experiences much better than they would have been without her mentorship.”
Bachelor of Arts in political science
“Lianne is truly the model woman for a truly amazing alumni mentor. She continues to inspire me every day with her largely evident amazing work ethic, charisma, and kindness and I could not be more excited for my next three years with her. I know I can go to her for absolutely anything and I cannot express enough how much she helped me through my freshman year, as it is so much more helpful talking to someone who has gone through exactly what I have and has accomplished more than I would ever hope to.”
Bachelor of Science in engineering
Leadership Rotational Associate, Boston Scientific
“He made it clear in our first in-person conversation that he’s happy to do whatever he can to assist me, and eager to mold the mentorship into whatever would help me grow the most. Shortly afterwards, he created a document with a long letter to me, describing his UCLA experience, general tips, advice from his girlfriend to me, various UCLA resources, and hyperlinked documents he had created (including an informational interview guide, networking guide and network management spreadsheet).
“Nick has helped me strengthen my professional profile by giving me mock case interviews, proofreading my essays for various applications, refining my resume and assisting me with my elevator pitch. Additionally, he sent me consulting resources and case books. Because of Nick’s amazing mentorship, I was able to form even more genuine connections and learn from a wide range of informal mentors. Nick has become so much more than a mentor to me. He is a role model, supporter and friend. I’m so thankful that I met him through the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. He has impacted my life forever, and I know he will continue to do so for years to come.”
UCLA students are willing and eager to learn from your professional and personal experiences. We want to ensure that they are prepared in every aspect possible upon graduating from UCLA and entering the workforce. With your wisdom and guidance, we can work together to make sure UCLA students get the most out of their education by connecting with their UCLA alumni network. In the spirit of Bruins helping Bruins, we hope the mentorship provides lasting relationships that will continue to grow and evolve far beyond Westwood.
The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is designed to engage alumni volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. Upon your approval of a student’s request, you commit to a mentorship until June 2021. We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (e.g., once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Throughout the year we’ll offer tips on effective mentorship techniques, topics to discuss with your student and suggested activities to connect. Our team will also be standing by to answer any questions you might have. Prior mentorship experience is not required.
The commitment as a mentor lasts until June 2021.
Once you register for the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program through UCLA ONE (uclaone.com) you’ll be part of our exclusive, online mentoring community. UCLA students will have a chance to register and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits their interests and career goals. Once a student finds the ideal mentor, the student will click on the profile and send a message to request mentorship. From there, alumni will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.
We recommend you mentor one to two students throughout the year. Most of our volunteers choose to mentor one student.
If you receive multiple requests, you will be able to review each student’s profile before confirming a request. We hope you’ll accept as many mentees as you feel fit to mentor, but you do have the option to decline a student if you simply don’t have time or think it’s the wrong fit. We recommend you mentor one to two students throughout the year. Most of our volunteers choose to mentor one student.
Once you have approved your mentee(s) request for mentorship, you will want to unselect the “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program” box under “Offer Mentorship” in your profile. You can do so by clicking on “Edit Profile,” then scrolling down to “Offer Mentorship” and unchecking “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.” this will signal that you are no longer available for mentorship and thus no longer accepting requests.
Alumni are welcome to continue mentoring their students as long as they are willing and able.
Events and programs are not required. The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as the mentor and mentee see fit. However, we do encourage you to attend as many program events, both in person and virtual, as possible to build a strong connection with your student.
You do not have to live in Los Angeles to participate. You can mentor by connecting with your student via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime and still be a great alumni mentor. We will provide virtual events and discussions for you and your mentee to participate in.
It is quick and simple to sign up to be a mentor. Please follow these steps to sign up on UCLA ONE.
We encourage you to complete your UCLA ONE profile by including all relevant professional, academic, and volunteer experience. In addition, we have included the opportunity to answer the question, “Why do you want to mentor a student?” That will provide students with the best information to request mentorship. If you aren’t requested for mentorship through this program, Alumni Affairs offers many opportunities to volunteer your time and expertise – https://alumni.ucla.edu/get-involved/.
As a UCLA student, you have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about life beyond UCLA. The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for you to form meaningful and lasting relationships with alumni that will extend beyond campus walls. As a program participant, you’ll have a chance to request a mentor to assist you with academic guidance, career advice and personal development.
The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is designed to engage alumni volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. You will be paired through June 2021 with the mentor who has accepted your request for mentorship. We encourage you to connect with your mentor on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Please DO NOT ask your mentor for a job or internship. The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is about building your professional network, personal development and gaining academic and career advice. This program is not a direct pipeline to a job or internship, though it can often help with opportunities in the future.
The commitment as a student mentee lasts until June 2021. Students can review profiles and send requests to their preferred mentor. Alumni will review your request(s) and confirm/select student mentee(s) through the UCLA ONE site. Once this happens you will be officially part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.
Throughout the year, you will have a chance to register and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits your interests and career goals. Once you find your ideal mentor, you will click on the alumni profile and send a message to request mentorship. From there, alumni will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.
You are only allowed to send one mentor request. Make sure to review alumni profiles carefully and send your request to the alumnus who best fits your interests and career goals.
We ask that you give alumni enough time to respond, typically 2-3 days. Keep in mind that mentors are busy with their professions and personal lives, so please be considerate of their time. If you do not receive a mentorship request acceptance, please do not send a follow-up message asking alumni if they received your request and would like to be your mentor. Just go ahead and cancel your request, and make a new request to another potential mentor. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Once a mentor has accepted their mentee match, they will update their profile to indicate that they are no longer accepting mentor requests.
You are welcome to stay connected with your mentor as long as they are willing and able to help.
Events and programs are not required. The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as both of you see fit. However, we do encourage you to attend as many program events, both in person and virtual, as possible to build a strong connection with your mentor.
Many of our Alumni Mentors do not have to live in Los Angeles. You can connect with your mentor via phone calls, email, Skype or FaceTime and still have a great connection. With remote learning in place, we recommend you find a mentor who interests you and shares aspects (hometown, background, etc.) that are meaningful to you. We will provide virtual events and discussions for you and your mentor to participate in, but your regularly scheduled communication is up to you to keep going.
It is quick and simple to sign up to be a mentee. Please follow these steps to sign up on UCLA ONE.