Mentor Program

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 and future leaders.

Structure and Time Commitment

Mentors and mentees are asked to complete an application in order to participate in the program. The information gathered from these forms will be used to pair mentors and mentees with similar areas of expertise and interest.

Important Guidelines


  • Mentors and mentees are expected to meet face-to-face or virtually a minimum of five times during the academic year (September–April). Engagement beyond the five required meetings will be established by the mentor and mentee.
  • Attendance and participation for the full academic 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

Mentors will offer advice and guidance as their mentee navigates the space between career aspirations and the realities of the business world. Mentors do not need to be Ohio State alumni.

The mentor/mentee experience can include critiquing portfolios or resumes, discussing career goals or case studies, attending social events, taking project tours, seeing guest speakers, or other mutually agreed upon activities.

For more information, see the Mentor Guide

Registration Deadline

Mentor registration for the 2023–24 school year closes on September 15, 2023.

Submit a Mentor Registration Form

Mentee Information

Students who participate in the Mentor Program will gain valuable insight into their prospective industry through one-on-one mentorship from a current professional.


To be considered for participation, applicants must:

  • be a Knowlton School student in a graduate program or the junior or senior year of your undergraduate program, and
  • 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.

For more information, see the Mentee Guide


Mentee registration for the 2023–24 school year is September 15, 2023.

Submit a Mentee Registration Form

Program Kick-Off

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to have their initial meeting prior to the Mentor Program Kick-Off (date TBD). During that first meeting, pairs should set their expectations for the coming year.

Please review the Goals Worksheet for an idea of expectations. If it becomes clear at your first meeting that the expectations of the mentor and mentee do not align, please notify Elle Dutton, and we will do our best to re-assign you.


Need more information? Please contact:

Elle Dutton
Senior Alumni Relations and Engagement Associate