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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) enrolled part-time or full-time
  • Have a strong desire to be in a mentoring program
  • Have a clear idea of career interests
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional behavior and habits

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, job shadow, etc. 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, however, the progression of the mentorship is determined by the mentor and mentee.

Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated some 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.

Program Guidelines

2018-2019 Program Timeline

  • Application Period: April-May 2018
  • Interviews and Matching: June-July 2018
  • Program Orientation and Kickoff Reception: September 2018
  • Mid-Year Networking Event: January 2019
  • Student Lunch Meetings: November 2018, February 2019
  • Program Wrap Up: May 2019

If you have any questions or issues please email Jill Laing, program director:

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