Mentors Frequently Asked Questions
- How much time does the program take?
There is no set time commitment. Time commitments are set by the individuals involved.
- How are students matched to Alumni Mentors?
Students conduct a search through an alumni mentor database in TCCS LINK and decide whom they would like to contact based on their interests and graduate studies.
- What are the responsibilities of a Mentor?
A mentor assists students with learning about career options and coaches them on the skills and attitudes which will improve their success potential. Mentors encourage students to network with other professionals, educate students on the daily work involved in their careers, and talk about different options in the field. They may review students' resumes and give critical feedback.
- What are the responsibilities of a student?
Students are responsible for staying professional and courteous at all times. Students understand that a mentor may be unavailable during especially busy times. They are also responsible for maintaining professional confidentiality about the internal operations of the mentor's organization (for example, if they are invited to attend an internal department meeting to observe policy-making in action).
- Does the mentor program lead to a job or an internship?
The mentor program involves no promise of future employment. However, this program vigorously promotes professional networking, and many opportunities arise naturally from these connections.
- How do I apply to be a mentor?
Please visit TCCS LINK at https://www.myinterfase.com/columbia-tc/mentor/ to register as an alumni mentor.
- Who do I contact with questions about this program?
You can contact Michael Kalish, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 212-678-3146.