FAQs about the Mentorship Program
What is the mentorship program?
It is an initiative that matches up a less experienced PRSSA member with a more experienced member or executive board member. The program works to create a relationship in which the mentee can look to their mentor for guidance and support as they journey through their college career. Mentors are there to answer questions on everything from class selections to resume help to life at Temple. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to maintain a relationship throughout the semester by meeting at least once a month. It can be as simple as a quick cup of coffee or attending PRSSA meetings together.
The ultimate goal of the program is to provide member with the opportunity to get to know each other and receive guidance from those who know best: their experienced peers.
What are the requirements to be a mentee?
You just need to be a dues paying member of PRSSA in order to participate in the program. You must also be able to meet and communicate with your mentor. They will be reaching out to you via email, social media, or in person to check in and see how you are doing. Typically mentees are freshman, sophomores, or transfer students. However, anyone can apply to be a mentee.
What are the requirements to be a mentor?
You just need to be a dues paying member of PRSSA in order to participate in the program. Mentors must be willing to dedicate time to meet with their mentee once a month and communicate on a fairly regular basis. They will offer advice about the industry, college life, internships, and more. Typically mentors are junior or senior level students. However, anyone with valuable public relations experience is encouraged to apply to be a mentor. *Members cannot apply to be a mentor AND a mentee.
How is a mentee matched up with their mentor?
Mentees are matched up with their mentors based on their responses in the mentorship application. Both mentors and mentees fill out their respective applications. It takes into consideration your interests, activities, personality, and other factors so that you are matched with a mentor that is the best fit for you.
Will there be opportunities for all mentors and mentees to meet?
Yes! There will be a few events throughout the semester specifically for mentor-mentee pairings to attend. We hope that these events will encourage mentors and mentees to get to know each other better in a relaxed environment.
Who do I contact with questions?
If you have any additional questions about the mentorship program or any other concerns, you can email the Director of Mentorship, Grace Hanlon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to reach out to her via Twitter as well at @gracehanlonn.