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Undergraduates, Mentor Program

CoBA undergraduate students may apply for the Professional Mentor Program if they meet the following criteria:

  • Current CoBA student (business status and BUS 300 successfully completed) enrolled part-time or full-time
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to be in a mentoring program
  • Demonstrates a clear idea of career interests and how the program will help
  • Able to conduct self in a professional manner while representing both CSUSM and the College of Business Administration
  • Demonstrates good time-management and communication skills

Selected students (mentees) will each be paired with a professional mentor for one academic year. Mentors are volunteers from organizations in the San Diego county area and will come from various industries and backgrounds.

Mentor and mentee pairs will decide how often to meet and the kind of activities they will do together. These activities could include, but are not limited to career discussions, networking events, professional meetings, and job shadowing. Ultimately, the relationship is intended to help the mentee learn keys to success in their chosen field. We provide mentors and mentees with preliminary information and tips on how to make the most of their time together. Once the introductions are made, the progression of the mentorship is determined by the mentor and mentee.

Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated commitment to academic success, extracurricular involvement, and career readiness. Although GPA will be considered, CoBA will look at the overall application and not just GPA.

Application Process

Before completing the online application, be sure you have your resume and LinkedIn profiles updated and ready for submission. Have a copy of your unofficial transcript available for upload. You will also need to submit summary for why you want to be in the program, what outcomes you are hoping to gain from participating in the program, and what steps you will take to help yourself achieve your outcomes.

Summary Criteria

In one page or less, be able to state:

  • Why you are interested in participating in the program
  • What outcomes you hope to accomplish with the mentor
  • How you plan to set yourself up for success in achieving the outcomes
  • Why you are a good candidate for this program

Program Expectations

Students will keep a journal throughout the mentorship. This will allow them to write a one-page summary report on outcomes of the mentorship. More specifically, students will speak to how they have progressed throughout the year, what they have learned about regarding the industry of interest and personal growth and speak to next steps in their career path post-mentorship participation.

Students must attend the mentor program orientation as well as take a self-assessment and/or draw on assessments they have taken through the BUS 300 course.

Students will drive the relationship and are expected to spend approximately 5 hours per month organizing meetings with the mentor, meeting with the mentor (or external colleagues suggested by the mentor) as well as preparing for and/or following through on tasks suggested by the mentor.

2019-2020 Program Timeline

  • Application Period: April-June 2019
  • Interviews and Matching: June-July 2019
  • Program Orientation and Kickoff Reception: August-September 2019
  • Mid-Year Networking Event: January-February 2020
  • Student Lunch Meetings: November 2019
  • Program Wrap Up: May 2020

Application deadline EXTENDED until August 30th, 2019!

Apply HERE

If you have any questions or issues please email Jill Laing, program director: jlaing@csusm.edu.

Jehan Assria

"For the mentorship program, I got paired up with Dave Kaplan, and he made a positive impact in my life. Dave is very encouraging about my future plans in the music industry and will always keep me on the right track. As a business student, I found his advice very valuable regarding running my own company one day. Our meetings were at his office in Encinitas, and his team would always give me a warm welcome anytime I would visit. Overall, I couldn't be happier with this experience."

Jehan Assria, Student Mentee, Spring 2018