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Lerner Executive Mentoring Program

The Lerner Executive Mentoring Program matches Lerner students with executives whose professional backgrounds are complementary to the students’ career objectives. Mentorships have resulted in an increase in student confidence in entering the workforce, expansion of networks and overall professional growth. Students are matched 1:1 with mentors at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters (September and February timeframes).

This is not an internship program. You should not expect that you will receive an internship or job offer through this program.

You will get out of the mentoring relationship what you put into it!


Sophomore students through Graduate/MBA students in a Lerner College major who have two or more semesters of classes remaining are eligible to participate in this program. Students have two opportunities during the year to register, as follows:

  • In the late spring to be matched in the program in September, and
  • In the late fall to be matched in the program in February

How to Get Involved

Students can register to be matched 1:1 with a mentor by completing the Student Registration Form.

Goals of the Program

As a student mentee, you will:

  • Receive guidance toward professional goals through graduation and beyond
  • Focus on your professional development and growth
  • Build and strengthen your professional networks
  • Prepare to enter the workforce

Commitment & Expectations

As a student mentee, you will:

  • Attend a mandatory Orientation session prior to being matched with a mentor
  • Initiate a personalized introductory email to your mentor
  • Have a meaningful conversation with your mentor at least once a month (in person, phone, or via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime video)
  • Work with your mentor to establish specific goals and objectives for the academic year
  • Prepare for meetings with your mentor, including creating an agenda, sharing the agenda with your mentor in advance, asking for input from your mentor, and doing research prior to meeting with your mentor
  • Return emails and phone calls from your mentor immediately
  • Contact the program coordinator when questions and concerns arise
  • Complete surveys to help measure success outcomes

Sample Monthly Meeting Activities

  • Resume & LinkedIn profile review / interview training
  • Discussing career objectives and professional goals
  • Networking with your mentor’s colleagues
  • Internship and job search strategies
  • Attending a virtual conference or business meeting together

Resources for Mentees

The Mentee’s Guide (PDF) (CCC/The Mentoring Group)

Skills for Successful Mentoring (PDF) (CCC/The Mentoring Group)

University of Delaware Career Outcomes

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