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5 Reasons to Become an AIU Online Alumni Mentor

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The AIU Alumni Mentoring Program is a great way for alumni to give back to and stay connected with the AIU community. An Alumni Mentor mentors new AIU students in programs similar to the one from which they graduated themselves, providing guidance from the perspective of someone who has successfully “been there and done that.” If you’re still not sure if being a mentor is the right fit for you, consider these five reasons to get involved:

1. Great Addition to Your Resume

Do you have some extra time on your hands or are you looking to fill employment gaps on your resume? Being an Alumni Mentor is great way to volunteer and give back to the university. This can be added to the volunteering section on your resume and also can help enhance and illustrate your communication and interpersonal skills. Employers like to see that you care about the community and enjoy giving back.

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2. Give Back to the AIU Community

Volunteering your time to AIU students is a great way to give back by helping motivate and inspire new students and assisting them with any questions and challenges. It can be a truly great feeling at the end of the day knowing you gave back.

3. Be a Cheerleader for a New AIU Student

Remember what it was like when you first started at AIU? Now you’re in the position to help new students feel comfortable and at home. Since you completed your program successfully, you are often the best person for them to get in touch with for guidance and support.

4. Benefits Your Career

Assisting new students who are currently attending a program similar to the one you graduated from is a great way to stay in the know in that field. Things may have changed, been updated or be otherwise different from when you were attending. It’s important to always keep your ears open to new perspectives that can add to your knowledge base.

5. Networking Opportunity

Many of our new students are working professionals, so mentoring can potentially be a great networking opportunity for you as well. You never know who you might meet, what helpful information they have or even who they know. Working with these students on a professional and possibly a personal level will be a great way to expand your network. Don’t forget to connect with any students you mentor on LinkedIn as well.

Ready to become a mentor? Fill out the application here. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email