The Alumni Mentor Program is all about the power of partnership. It brings together successful AIU graduates— like you— with new students in need of extra support and motivation. Through the program, you have the opportunity to share the knowledge and experience gained from your AIU journey to positively impact a student who has just started theirs.
How does the mentorship work?
Mentors receive student assignments by email from Alumni Services and are asked to reach out to their mentees to establish a relationship and discuss the one-on-one mentorship goals. The mentorship is designed to last a minimum of three sessions and ongoing communication via email, phone or an online video platform are necessary to ensure the best experience for you and the student. Mentors are encouraged to interact with students bi-weekly and are asked to respond to students within 48 hours. Ultimately, the goal is to create a schedule that is agreed up and works for you and the student.
What do mentors share with students?
It’s important to be open to sharing the hard-earned knowledge and insight that you've acquired because students want to learn from your success. Each mentorship will be a unique experience; discussing different topics, questions and goals. Mentors will partner with students to understand their individual needs and develop a plan that supports their challenges and goals. Often the mentor role will call on you to give a surge of motivation when a student is need of encouragement.
What can mentors gain from the program?
Being a support line for students during their academic journey, can be a rewarding experience. Mentors have the opportunity to practice and fine-tune their active listening, coaching and motivational skills. Mentors will also connect with other mentors and Alumni Services to discuss best practices, which offers a chance to connect and network with other alumni.
What are the requirements?
Alumni must meet the following requirements to be considered for the mentor role.
- Completed a minimum of one degree program at AIU
- Graduated with a 2.8 GPA or above
- Submit the Alumni Mentor Program application below expressing interest in the opportunity
- Interview with Alumni Services and be selected to participate
If you’re interested in being a mentor and meet the requirements, please submit the application form below. Program questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your willingness to volunteer and share your experience!