Social Good Mentoring Program

The Social Good Mentoring Program (SGMP) pairs Brown students interested in social good careers with alumni mentors for a 12-month mentoring relationship. A collaboration between the Swearer Center and CareerLAB’s Careers in the Common Good initiative, this program is meant to demystify the process for pursuing opportunities in the social good space and help students begin to build professional connections in the social good community. Students will be paired with alumni mentors who have experience working in the issue areas, populations and/or modes of social change (government, non-profit, etc.) that interest them. 

Structure

Mentees will be paired with a mentor working in a social good field with at least one overlapping axis (i.e. mode of change, field, population). Through this program, mentors and mentees are expected to maintain an ongoing relationship that allows the student to learn details about the social good field from an alumni perspective and receive guidance around career opportunities, including internships as well as life after Brown. This includes practical skills, ranging from job and internship search tips to interview skills, as well as more general life skills, like informational interviewing and transitioning out of an academic environment. These skills will be gained both through their mentoring relationship, as well as through cohort activities organized two or three times during each semester. Mentors will share their experiences about entering and becoming integrated into the social good community. Depending on the student’s specific needs, mentors may provide tips for job and internship applications, interviews and more general knowledge about the rewards and challenges of pursuing careers for social good.
 

Eligibility/Timeline

Mentee Eligibility
This alumni mentoring program is open to any Brown student who is a second semester sophomore or older planning to pursue a career in social good and who is not currently connected with alumni mentors through a Swearer Center program. In order to build a foundation for a meaningful and reciprocal mentoring relationship, students must have demonstrated experience and solidified interest in pursuing a social good career. This way, students can gain experience and knowledge relevant to their futures from their mentors.

Mentor Eligibility
Mentors will be Brown alumni with at least two years of professional experience, currently working in social good, ranging across various fields and organizations. These mentors will be able to meet with mentees in person on campus and/or maintain an ongoing and productive relationship through virtual means.

Timeline
Mentee application now live!
Mentee application due: Monday, December 11, 2017
Cohort activities begin: February 2018
Concluding events: December 2018

Apply

The application for potential student mentees can be found here. Students will be asked to explain their social good career interests and experiences, as well as their goals for participating in the program.

The application for potential alumni mentors can be found here. Alumni will be asked to explain their current work and their thoughts on alumni mentoring.

Contact

Lizzie Pollock, Associate Director of Student Development at the Swearer Center: lizzie_pollock@brown.edu  
Jim Amspacher, Co-Coordinator of Careers in the Common Good at CareerLAB: jim_amspacher@brown.edu