Lerner Executive Mentoring Program

The Lerner Executive Mentoring Program matches you with an executive whose professional background is complementary to your career objectives.

We look forward to your participation in the program!


A student mentee is a full-time graduate/MBA student enrolled in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.

How to Get Involved

Registration is now open for the Lerner Executive Mentoring Program.  Register online through UD Career Acceleration Network (UD CAN) by clicking here, then click on the green “JOIN PROGRAM” button.

Graduate/MBA students are matched with mentors at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters (September and February).

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:

  • Initiate a personalized introductory email to your mentor in which you thank the mentor for their participation, provide background information about yourself, and request a time to meet
  • Work with your mentor to establish specific goals and objectives for the academic year
  • Have a meaningful conversation (in person, phone, Skype, FaceTime, email) with your mentor at least once a month
  • 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
  • Dress professionally during meetings with mentors unless told otherwise
  • 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 Meeting Activities

  • Job shadowing / resume review / interview training
  • Discussion on career and life objectives
  • Networking with your mentor’s colleagues
  • Meeting for lunch or dinner
  • Attending a conference or business meeting together

Additional Program Details

You will be paired with the same mentor for the duration of the mentoring program (through your graduation).

You will receive monthly check-in emails from the program coordinator who may request a response/feedback.

This is not an internship program. Students mentees should not expect that they will receive an internship or job offer through this program.

Student mentees and mentors get out of the mentoring relationship what they put into it!

Resources for Mentees

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

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

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

75 Things To Do With Your Mentees (PDF) (CCC/The Mentoring Group)

University of Delaware Career Outcomes

Graduate Career Resources (Includes websites and resources to help you create a career plan.)