Give to a student, give back to MIT SloanAs a successful alumnus/alumna, you have the power to inspire, motivate, and support MIT Sloan students. Your knowledge, expertise, and insight will help students maximize their MIT Sloan experience, and open their eyes to the opportunities and challenges they will face after graduation. Whether you were supported by alumni during your own time at MIT Sloan or you want to give back to the institution that has helped shape your career, mentoring is an easy way to make a real, lasting impact.
Be a mentor on your terms
The MIT Sloan Alumni-Student Mentoring Program is an online platform that recommends matches based on profiles created by students and alumni. Students learn about and request mentors based on alumni profiles, and you choose to mentor the students you feel you can best support. Because you opt into the program and work directly with mentees to set parameters around how often you will communicate, you build relationships in the way that works best for you.
Stay connected to the innovation that defines MIT Sloan
As a graduate, you understand better than anyone that innovation and cutting-edge thinking define every part of the MIT Sloan experience. When you serve as a mentor, you’ll have regular, direct contact with a student who is immersed in that innovation every day. While students benefit from your experience and insight, they’ll expose you to the new ideas that are shaping MIT Sloan today.
Build tomorrow's community of successful professionals
When you serve as a mentor, you form meaningful, rewarding relationships that prepare students to be better employees, inspire them to stay connected with MIT Sloan, and motivate them to support the next generation of students. Mentors help perpetuate, grow, and strengthen MIT Sloan’s global alumni network.
Expectations for Mentors
- Be available and responsive to your mentee. Please respond to Mentee Requests online within 48 hours of receiving notification.
- Maintain regular and frequent contacts with your mentee, a minimum of two connections per month. Have at least one face-to-face or Skype/Facetime exchange within the first month.
- Stay in contact with your mentee. Even a short email or phone call can make a big difference.
- Keep scheduled appointments. If you must change plans, give as much notice as possible.
- Demonstrate interest, helpful intent and involvement. Provide feedback and encouragement.
- Keep the content of discussions within the mentoring relationship confidential. All your exchanges with your mentee--both personal and professional--are subject to the expectations of professional confidentiality.
- Help your mentee in identifying and setting goals. Agree upon two goals for the mentoring sessions. These can be personal growth, career management, or academically related. Follow up on your mentee’s goals.