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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. 
  • Information Sessions (August 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 (August 2020 – September 2020)
    Professional Mentoring Academy applications open April 2020 and will remain open through Friday, September 11, 2020. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Final interviews will be concluded by Friday, September 18, 2020, and prospective Mentee profiles will be shared with the Foundation, Alumni Relations, and various Advisory Boards throughout the University


    Mentee Orientation (September 2020)
    An orientation to prepare mentees and provide techniques on how to maximize the mentoring relationship and experience.

    ***Mentee/Mentor Pairings completed (October 2020) ***


    Homecoming Tailgating and Networking Event (October 2020)
    Mentee/Mentor pairs will come together to network and celebrate during KSU’s Homecoming event and football game.


    Lessons in Leadership Dinners  (November 2020 and March 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.


    National Mentoring Month Activities
    College of The Arts PMA Networking Event
    PMA Field Trip Friday to CNN Center/Atlanta Central Business District
    (January 2021- Early February 2021)
    A month of activities and events centered on promoting the concept of mentoring.  


    Mentor/Mentee Day of Service Project (March 2021)
    Professional Mentoring Academy will host a special project in support of KSU’s Day of Service.


    MENTOR Gala (April 2021)
    Special night honoring our Professional Mentoring Academy mentors and mentees. Includes mentor/mentee testimonials, dinner, awards and recognition. Introductory remarks provided by the president or senior representative of the university.