Influence the next generation of policy professionals as a First Year Mentor or a One-on-One Mentor. Find the opportunity that fits you best.

The Mentor Program, part of the Harris experience for more than 25 years, facilitates relationships between students and professionals, many of whom are Harris alumni. The program broadens students’ real-world learning experiences and professionally relevant knowledge base, and helps them build powerful professional networks.

The Mentor Program serves all interested master’s students over their entire enrollment at Harris. All students who wish to participate are eligible.

How It Works

The Mentor Program is a two-year program intended to span a master’s student’s entire enrollment at Harris.

Year One

The first year, students participate in an affinity group determined by career interests. These groups will meet quarterly or bi-quarterly for sector and interest specific events led by First-Year Mentors. First-year programming focuses on:

  • career exploration
  • adjustment to graduate school
  • connecting the curriculum to professional applications
  • professional development

Year Two

In the second year of the program, students are matched one-on-one with a mentor, based on career interests, geographic location, employment sector, goals, and personality. Although much of the interaction between mentors and students is driven by the pair themselves, communications are sent throughout the year to assist mentors and students with the mentoring relationship. 

How you can help

Become a First Year Mentor

As a policy professional, you know how important career advice can be to a student.  As a First Year Mentor, you can volunteer to participate in quarterly panel and networking events with first year students.  Students and mentors apply to participate in affinity groups based on career interests.  Affinity groups have topically-based programming throughout the year devoted to exploring the issues and career interests of a first year policy student.  Mentors can participate in as many or as few of the panels as they wish.  Mentors can also volunteer to host events at their workplace, moderate events, and serve as a resource for the group.  First Year Mentors will also be encouraged to be available to first year students who reach out to them for individual mentorship.

Become a One-on-One Mentor

One-on-One Mentors have an opportunity to form a substantial relationship with a Harris Public Policy student and make a real impact on that student’s life and career. Mentors and students are matched based on career interests, geographic location, employment sector, goals, and personality.

As a One-on-One Mentor, you will connect with your student regularly throughout the academic year (late September through early June). Meeting either in person, on the phone, through email, or via video chat, One-on-One Mentors offer advice and guidance on such topics as networking, job search tactics, and leadership development.

Being a One-on-One mentor also provides the opportunity to connect with the other mentors in the program, a network of 200 public policy professionals at all career levels.