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

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.  

Incoming and continuing students can both look forward to receiving applications to the Mentor Program via email in early- to mid-June.  Watch your mailbox!

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 affinity groups determined by career interest.  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

The affinity groups provide invaluable support to first-year students, with mentors helping guide students on the courses, internships, and skills that will be most beneficial to their public policy careers. Group programming and discussions can help students clarify their career interests, develop their professional skills, and build connections and community at Harris and beyond.

    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. Mentors are drawn from across the US and internationally, and come from a wide variety of career sectors. Through the advice, experience, and insights of their mentors, students are better able to channel their aspirations and interests into definable career goals and build their professional networks. 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. 

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