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2020-2021 Mentee Application Professional Mentor Application

PMA Events

Purpose and General Overview

The Professional Mentoring Academy connects sophomore, junior, and senior students to experienced professionals from the KSU Foundation, KSU alumni, campus Advisory Boards, and KSU faculty and staff.​ Benefits for students include exclusive access to a robust network of professionals who are eager and willing to meet and share insight about life beyond college.​ Industry professionals will have the opportunity to mentor students on academic guidance, career advice, and personal development for an academic year. Mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one and group mentoring formats. Through a selective process, professional mentors and mentees will be matched based on career field, academic background, availability, and hobbies and interests. ​


    • The program commitment is one academic year. Mentor/Mentee pairs are expected to meet at least once per month through face-to-face, phone/video conferencing, or email contact to discuss areas of interest relevant to the mentees continued success as a young professional.
    • In addition to the monthly meeting expectations, the mentor/mentee pairs will be expected to attend a series of scheduled mentoring events throughout the year. 
    • Student mentees will be recruited during the summer and a personal profile will be created for each available mentee.
    • Mentee Profiles will be shared with Foundation Trustees, Alumni Relations, and various Advisory Boards throughout the university to identify appropriate mentor matches. 
  • Mentee and Professional Mentor Applications Open (October 2020) 

    Program recruitments begins during the Fall 2020 semester and will continue throughout the Fall. Applications available above.
    Information Sessions (October 2020) 
    Information Sessions will be hosted to provide a general overview of the Professional Mentoring Academy including roles and responsibilities of mentees, expectations, and program incentives. 
    Interview/Screening Process (October – November 2020) 
    Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.  
    Mentee Training and Leadership Development Session (November 2020) 
    A virtual training to prepare mentees and provide techniques on how to maximize the mentoring relationship and experience will be conducted in November 
    ***Mentee/Mentor Pairings made on rolling basis (Starting in November 2020) *** 
    Lessons in Leadership Virtual Networking Mixer (January - February 2021) 
    Leadership panels/seminars will involve professional mentors sharing their expertise on leadership, career success, and personal development. Mentors/mentees will also be provided time to socialize and network. 
    Mentor/Mentee Day of Service Project (Spring 2021) 
    Professional Mentoring Academy will host a special project in support of KSU’s Day of Service. 
    MENTOR Gala (Spring 2021) 
    Special night honoring our Professional Mentoring Academy mentors and mentees. Includes mentor/mentee testimonials and recognition.