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Volunteer Professional Mentors

Academic Year 2020-2021 Notification:

The CoBA Mentor Programs will be virtual for 2020-21. We are continuing to follow the guidelines of the CDC, California Department of Public Health and San Diego and Riverside County Departments of Public Health. We are also following the guidelines set by the California State University Chancellor’s Office as California State University San Marcos moves to a virtual environment for fall 2020.

The CSUSM College of Business Administration (CoBA) Professional Mentor Program connects business students with working professionals to develop an experiential learning relationship. Students are paired with mentors based on career interests and experience.

We are looking for professional mentors at all levels of experience (preferrably with 5+ years) across different industries and business functions. Our students study accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, global business management, global supply chain management, management, management information systems, and marketing.

Mentors volunteer and students (mentees) apply to the program. Once selected, students are notified and given preliminary information to help prepare for the mentorship. They attend an orientation prior to meeting their mentors. All mentors and mentees are invited to the Kick-Off Reception where they will meet for the first time and review "best practices."

After the Kick-Off Reception it is up to each mentor/mentee pair to decide their meeting times and activities. The student mentee should be driving the communication. The formal mentorship ends with a Wrap-Up Meeting that brings everyone together to share experiences and help CoBA continue to improve on the program.

Although the College will be mostly "hands off" in the progression of the mentorship, we will check in periodically with students and mentors to make sure things are on track. We will step in to help where needed.

Expectations of Professional Mentors

  • Attend the Kick-Off Reception: September (N/A for 2020 due to COVID-19))
  • Attend the Wrap-Up Event: April (N/A for 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • Meet with student mentee at least once per month (Virtually during COVID-19)
  • Plan activities with mentee that will give them exposure to topics such as professional and/or career development

Get Involved

The CoBA Dean's Office and Advisory Board oversee the Professional Mentor Program and Stone Brewing Company supports by hosting the Kick-Off and Wrap-Up events. If you would like more information please contact us at 760.750.4270 or email the Director of Student Success, Jill Laing, at jlaing@csusm.edu.

If you are a business professional in the San Diego or Temecula area and would like to volunteer as a mentor in this program, please fill out the inquiry for below and we will follow up with you to confirm.

Mentor Application