Lerner Executive Mentoring Program

The Lerner Executive Mentoring Program matches student mentees with an executive whose professional background is complementary to their career objectives.

We look forward to your participation in the program!


Students enrolled in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics as a major are eligible to register for this program.  Students have two opportunities during the year to register, as follows:

  • Registration opens for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors during the late spring for acceptance into the program in the mid-September timeframe.
  • Registration opens for current sophomores and juniors during the late fall for acceptance into the program in the mid-February timeframe.

How to Get Involved

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

Important program registration dates can be found by accessing UD CAN.

Goals of the Program

As a student mentee, you will:

  • Attend a mandatory Orientation session prior to being matched with a mentor (see UD CAN for additional details)
  • 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 on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 5pm – prior to being matched with a mentor
  • 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. You should not expect that you 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

Undergraduate Career Resources (Guidelines for resumes, cover letters, interviewing, jobs & internships, networking, and more!)