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Mentor Program

The mission of the Knowlton School Mentor Program is twofold:

  1. to create an environment of guidance, growth and development for Knowlton students as they pursue their career aspirations
  2. to foster strong and trusting professional relationships between experienced practitioners (mentors) and future leaders (mentees).


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 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 Overview), that individual will be disqualified from further participation and any future programs.

IMPORTANT: 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.


Confidentiality is absolute, in all ways and forever. A breach in confidentiality will be treated as a resignation from the Mentor Program.


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.

Mentor Registration

Mentor registration for the 2019-20 school year closes on September 13, 2019. We are seeking individuals from the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning. It is NOT required that mentors are Ohio State alumni.


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.

Mentee Registration

Mentee registration for the 2019-20 school year is September 13, 2019.  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.

Program Kick-Off

The Mentor Program Kick-Off will take place at the end of September. 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 Relations and Events Coordinator Louisa Morris 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.


Please contact Louisa Morris, with any questions.