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Share your professional experience: Career Mentors

If you are looking to share your expertise with SPEA students, the Alumni Career Mentor Program is a great way to connect!

After you complete the application, you will be contacted by the Career Mentor’s Program within 7 business days. Matching occurs in September and January each year. Matches last for three months and then you will be re-matched to provide more students with an opportunity to meet you. Matches are made by the SPEA Career Development Office with support from the Office of Alumni Relations.

Matches will be based first on the student purpose statement in the student mentor application. Students are asked to choose their top three areas of inquiry (region, career field, specific company, specific position, general skills advice, general career advice). Then, the alumni mentor application provides the rest of the information used to pair the requests of the students with the relevant professional.

Time Commitment
As a career professional (must have at least 2 years of experience to participate), you are in high demand and time can be scarce. To take part in this program you are expected to communicate with your mentee at least once a month and please be prompt in your responses.

Student Involvement
Once matched, students are responsible for staying in touch with you through email, phone, video conferencing, and/or in-person visits. Whatever medium you decide. With your help, we’re training students to be professionals and if you don’t hear from your mentee, we want to know so we can help.

The Career Mentor Program is designed to connect students to YOU. Your advice is invaluable and students need your help.

Take this opportunity and volunteer to share your experience and advice today!

For more information on the program’s benefits and requirements, please download and review the documents below.

Career Professionals
Mentor- Introduction to Career Mentor Program
Statement of Personal Respect an Harassment

Click here to sign up to be a Career mentor.

If you have further inquiries about serving as a mentor, please contact: Aliza Cazzell, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations,

To apply for a mentor, follow the steps below:

  1. Complete and submit the online Mentor Application.
  2. Update your profile on SPEACareers.
    1. Profile>Academic>Edit>”Major(s)” and “Graduation Date” 
    2. Note: if you do not have a SPEACareers account then please contact the Career Development Office at 812-855-9639 or to request an account
  3. Upload your Resume onto SPEACareers
    1. Upload to Documents>Add New>Document Type = “Resume” and label as “[Name] Mentor Program Application”.
  4. Opt-In to the “IU SPEA Mentor Program”
    1. Documents>Opt-In Resume Books>Select Resume Books Button (located under your Mentor Program Application)>Target Opt-In Resume Book = “IU SPEA Mentor Program”.
  5. Fill out and return the “Statement of Personal Respect and Harassment” and the “Understanding of Responsibility Agreement”

Once a mentor match is complete, you will receive the following materials. However, feel free to review them now to learn more about the program’s expectations.

Student-Getting Started Pamphlet
Student Intro to Career Program
Understanding of Responsibility Agreement
Statement of Personal Respect and Harassment

If you have further inquiries about applying for the mentor program, please contact: Aliza Cazzell, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations, or 812-856-0597.

Please note that this program was adapted from the Xavier University Mentor Program with permission.