Becoming a Mentor: Benefits and Responsibilities

This is a strategic moment to invest in the life of a business student. With the ever-increasing globalization of commerce, business is poised to play a major role in shaping the character of our world for decades to come.

As a mentor, you can:

  • Positively influence a student through your knowledge, skills, values, and experiences.
  • Increase communication, leadership, and development/training skills.
  • Expand your professional contacts through interaction with other mentors.
  • Revitalize interest in your own work by connecting to students and their energy.
  • Invest in the future by giving back to the community.

To become a mentor, you will first:

  • Complete the Mentor Program online application for mentors, or provide a personal profile or résumé.
  • Participate in an interview/orientation; contact Mark Oppenlander at 206-281-2942 or for information.
  • Agree to the Mentor Expectations and Commitments shown below.

Mentor Expectations and Commitments

Mentors significantly affect the lives of their students. Successful mentors learn from students and show leadership by sharing examples of lifelong applied and academic learning.

As a mentor, you will:

  • Invest time in yourself and your student.
  • Discuss with your student any personal expectations regarding levels of contact or content of exchanges.
  • Communicate respectfully and responsibly with your student, fostering a relationship based on mutual trust and support.
  • Value your student's time as if it were your own.
  • Be available, meeting with your student within respectful time intervals.
  • Reply to email messages and phone calls from your student within two business days.
  • Fulfill your commitment to your student and the mentoring process.
  • Evaluate your student and the program at the conclusion of the mentorship.
  • Contact the Mentor Program coordinator immediately with any concerns.

For More Information

Find out more or apply to the mentorship program through the Center for Applied Learning at or 206-281-2942.

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