Undergraduate Mentorship Program Seeks Volunteers for 2015-2016 School Year

Alumnus and mentor Kerry Kahl with his mentees from 2014-2015, KK and Irene

The Economics Undergraduate Mentorship Program is recruiting volunteer mentors and workshop leaders to work with undergraduate economics majors during the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Now in its 5th year, this highly successful program has paired dozens of alumni and friends with hundreds of undergraduate students to enrich and support the professional, academic, and personal experiences of undergraduate students in the department in order to assist them in the transition from academic to professional life.

How Does it Work?

The mentor program runs from October through May each year. Students apply to participate in the program in September and, after being assigned to their mentors and attending orientation in late October, are asked to arrange meetings with their mentors at least once per quarter, though most meet monthly. Mentors are provided with training and support from other mentors and the department throughout the year. 

The program also offers a range of volunteer opportunities available with varying time commitments, such as leading a one-time workshop or seminar, hosting a resume review session or group mock interviews, or offering workplace tours or job shadowing. 

Mentors need not be UW or economics alumni, however, an interest in economics education and college students' professional development is helpful. 

Read our Mentor FAQs here

Why Become a Mentor?

Mentoring an economics undergraduate is a rewarding experience for a number of reasons. Interacting with students often prompts professionals who have been away from the classroom for many years to reflect on their own careers and take stock of their accomplishments. Through the mentoring process, mentors come to realize how much they have learned and how much they have to offer college students. Most mentors also find the experience reinvigorates their interest both in their own work and in that of current economics students.

Want to Learn More? 

Interested in learning more about mentoring before you commit? Come to our prospective and new mentor info session! Meet with current mentors, ask questions about the program and the department and enjoy some appetizers and UW Econ swag. On-campus parking will be validated. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Parrington Hall Commons Room 308
Please RSVP to 
johnsni@uw.edu or 206-543-5945 by September 14

Ready to Join Us?

Please fill out a mentor application form no later than Wednesday, Ocotober 7, 2015 to be matched with a student for this academic year.