First-Generation Mentor Program

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Finding a Mentor

The First-Generation Mentor Program provides you with exposure to the working world and focuses on your professional and career development. Undergraduate students will be paired with USC alumni who were also first-generation college students.

What You Will Gain

You will gain professional development and career direction while fostering a relationship with a person who can be a mentor and role model. You will be able to discuss any concerns or challenges you face as a first-generation college student at USC while gaining support, direction, and connectivity from your mentor.

The Expectations

The program requires a commitment of one school year. Mentors and mentees are expected to meet once per month for a professional activity. Suggested professional activities are reviewing resumes, drafting cover letters, practicing interview skills, a company tour, and lunch or dinner. We will hold 2 – 4 workshops per semester (October – April) that all mentees and mentors are required to attend. These events will focus on career development and allow an opportunity for all program participants to network and interact as a group. Mentees are expected to serve as mentors once graduated. Selected participants must attend a mandatory orientation.

As a reminder, use your best judgment when engaging with alumni. Review our Non-Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Guidelines for policies on how to interact with alumni while developing a mentoring relationship. If an interaction is inappropriate or unprofessional, please notify us. We expect appropriate and professional engagement at all times.

Program Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at USC.
  • Have completed one full semester of classes at USC, with the exception of first-semester transfer students.

Application Process

Online application and supporting materials are closed for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications will be available in Summer 2018.

USC Alumni

If you were a first-generation college student and would like to become a mentor to one of our undergraduate students, click here to learn more.

Selection Process

Students will be selected through an application and interview process. Interviews will occur Fall 2018. Selected mentees will be notified via email no later than early October 2018. There is no minimum GPA requirement. Students are expected to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.

Click here to apply for the First-Generation Mentor Program

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