Mentor Programs

Undergraduate business students have exclusive access to a portfolio of mentoring opportunities, from professionals to faculty to peers.

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. Mentors and mentees commit to one calendar year, January - December.

Become a Mentee in the Professional Mentor Program

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 in the Professional Mentor Program

As part of The 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

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for business students, please fill out the Mentor Interest Form and we will contact you in the fall. If you have questions, please email Allen Thayer 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.

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 School of Business. Mentors lead social events to foster community and also present student success strategies and soft skills in BA 101 classes to give all first-year students new ideas on how they can tackle their schoolwork and, later on, the workplace. Peer Mentors also lead peer-to-peer academic coaching to help students with organization and problem-solving.

Peer Mentors are knowledgeable and friendly students who love engaging with new students as well as setting and achieving goals. Joining the program is an excellent 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 Please complete this form if you have a challenge that our mentors may be able to solve.

Accounting Mentor Program

The Accounting Mentor Program is an opportunity for accounting students to discuss their career goals with a professional accountant and to prepare for the fall accounting recruiting season. The program is open to current undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate (MSFA) accounting students in good academic standing who will still be enrolled as students at least through December of the current year. Preference for placement in the program is given to students in the final year of their program.

Prospective Accounting Mentors, please use this Google Form to submit your contact information and preferences for the program.