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Mentor Programs

Students within the School of Business at Portland State University have exclusive access to a portfolio of mentoring opportunities, from professionals to faculty to peers.

Business Professional Mentor Program

One of the many reasons students choose to attend Portland State University is the strong connection with the local business community. Our mentor programs are designed to provide an opportunity for students to gain clarity on their career goals and develop their own business network through a mentor relationship with a business professional. The School of Business Mentor Program is designed to help students increase their workplace savvy, gain clarity on their career interests, develop their networking skills and successfully make the transition from college to the workplace through a mentor relationship with a business professional.

Become a Mentee

The Mentor Program gives you the opportunity to build your professional connections in the business community by matching you with a mentor. You can work with your mentor to:

  • Gain clarity on career goals
  • Receive feedback on your resume
  • Ask for introductions to other professionals in your area of interest for informational interviews
  • Attend a seminar or professional association meeting with your mentor
  • Discuss news articles that you both find interesting and informative

Become a Mentor

As part of the vibrant School of Business community, we hope you will assist in making our mentor programs a successful way for students to experience a connection with you and the local business community.

Remember what it took to find that first job? Remember all the lessons you had to learn -- sometimes the hard way? Now that you know what it takes to succeed and have established yourself in your field, why not share your knowledge and experience? The program isn't just a win for students - mentors gain a great deal, too.

  • Develop coaching and feedback skills
  • Chance to screen potential employees
  • Opportunity to "give back"
  • Increased pride in your career
  • Stay connected with new developments
  • Gain satisfaction by helping someone get started

The mentor program runs from January through December.

If you're interested in becoming a mentor for graduate students, contact DeAnne Preston at

If you're interested in becoming a mentor for undergraduate students, contact Becky Sanchez at

Faculty Mentor Program

Faculty members host monthly meetings with a small group of undergraduate students to discuss the business community, career pathways, curriculum, academic issues and life as a student. Coffee and pastries are supplied by the School of Business for each meeting. The faculty mentor program accepts applications beginning in September of each year. Monthly meetings begin in October.

If you are interested in participating in the undergraduate faculty mentor program, fill out the application online by midnight on Wednesday October 9th 2015.

Undergraduate to Graduate Student Mentor Program

Undergraduate business students are paired with students in the graduate business school. Pairings are based on interests and career paths. All undergraduate student majors are encouraged to apply and graduate program participants may come from any of the five graduate programs: Master of Business Administration, Master of International Management, Master of Financial Analysis, Master of Real Estate Development and Master of Health Care Management. The mentor program runs from January through December.

Freshmen Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program is an opportunity for incoming first-year students to develop and build relationships with continuing students that have distinguished themselves in the SBA. It is also an opportunity to build connections, network with classmates and gain skills that will be helpful in navigating the college experience and searching for a job straight out of college.

Students interested in joining the Peer Mentor Program as either freshmen mentees or upper class mentors, should email Nathanial Garrod at