Mentor Program

The mission of the Knowlton School Mentor Program is to create an environment of guidance, growth, and development for Knowlton students as they pursue their career aspirations, and to foster strong and trusting professional relationships between experienced practitioners (mentors) and future leaders (mentees).

Structure and Time Commitment

Each mentor and mentee is asked to complete an online application form in order to participate in the program. The information gathered from those forms will be used to pair mentors and mentees with similar areas of expertise and interest.

Mentors and mentees are expected to meet face-to-face or virtually a minimum of five times during the school year (September-April). Engagement beyond the five required meetings will be established by the mentor and mentee. It is important that both parties have a clear understanding of the expectations.

Each participant must be committed to the program in order to create the atmosphere necessary for success. Attendance and participation for a full year is expected. If a mentee fails to complete the required commitments (listed on the Mentee Guide), that individual will be disqualified from further participation in any future programs.

The Knowlton Mentor Program is not a job placement program. Mentors are not expected to open doors to specific jobs (or any job) for their Mentees.

Mentor Information

As a mentor, you will offer advice and guidance as your mentee navigates the space between career aspirations and the realities of the business world.

Mentors’ roles and responsibilities include:

  • Provide guidance based on your own experiences.
  • Discuss how involvement of professional organizations has impacted your career.
  • Share stories, including mistakes.
  • Give constructive feedback and advice on portfolios, resumes and projects.
  • Communicate on a regular basis, return calls and emails in a timely fashion.

Meetings can include: critiquing portfolios or resumes, discussing career goals or case studies, attending social events, taking project tours, seeing guest speakers, or anything else mutually agreed upon to further the relationship among the group.

For more information, see the Mentor Guide

Mentor Registration

Mentor registration for the 2022-23 school year closes on September 23, 2022.

Mentors do not need to be Ohio State alumni.

Mentee Information

Students who participate in the Mentor Program will gain valuable insight to their prospective industry through one-on-one mentorship from a current professional. If accepted into the program, mentees are expected to communicate in a timely fashion with their assigned mentor and treat each meeting as a professional opportunity. Mentees should have a clear idea of what they want to achieve through the mentor program.


In order to be considered for participation, you must be a Knowlton School student in a graduate program or the junior or senior year of your undergraduate program. Mentees must be in good academic standing. The number of students accepted into the program is not guaranteed, and is dependent upon Mentor registration. When pairing Mentors and Mentees, preference will be given to Honors students and students in their final year at Knowlton.


Mentee registration for the 2022-23 school year is September 25, 2022.

Submit a Mentee Registration Form

Program Kick-Off

Mentors and mentees will have their initial meeting at the Mentor Program Kick-Off. During that first meeting, pairs should set their expectations for the coming year. Please look over the Goals Worksheet below to get an idea of what to expect. If it becomes clear at that meeting that the expectations of the mentor and mentee do not align, please notify Alumni Engagement and Operations Manager Doug Sershen and we will do our best to re-assign you.

Suggestions for expectations include broad ideas such as: obtaining career advice, discussing specific areas or ideas within the discipline; or they could be detailed such as: attend and discuss lectures together, review portfolios or resumes, or visit the Mentor’s firm/company/office.

Need more information? Please contact:

Michael Haddock
Senior Associate of Engagement & Alumni Relations