WHAT IS THE MENTOR PROGRAM?
It’s a year-long program in which alumni from programs of IE University offer support to current students through regular mentorship. Mentors take a human-centered approach in the design of their sessions, which further enhances the student experience.
BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS
• Feel Supported: It’s an opportunity for students to share any ideas or qualms with alumni. Since mentors have been through the experience before, they can empathise and provide encouragement and support, or simply offer an ear to listen.
• Network-Building: Students can build meaningful relationships with different generations of alumni from their programs, many of whom will be valuable connections in the future.
BENEFITS FOR MENTORS
• Portfolio Development: Mentors develop their portfolio and professional experience, while continuing to be an active part of the IE Community. Through the use of Human-Centered Design, mentors strengthen their professional skills and leadership.
• Network-Building: Mentors can build strong, meaningful relationships with the growing IE Community, many of whom will be great connections in the future.
PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERING MENTOR PROGRAMS
In 2019 the Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences (BBSS) and the Master in Visual and Digital Media (MVDM) began their respective Mentor Programs.
In 2021 the Master in Corporate and Marketing Communications (MCMC) launched its Mentor Program.
In the future, we hope to launch Mentor pilots with even more programs across IE University.
How do the mentor sessions work?
Mentors and students are first introduced to each other through the Academic Director of the program, usually at the beginning of the academic year. This is often known as the “launch” of the Mentor Program.
Mentors and their groups have mentoring sessions of 1hr/month. The first session is a little longer to help us get to know each other.
Mentors design, prepare and deliver value-added activities for their group. These sessions are designed using Human Centered Design and Design Thinking techniques.
Aside from the official mentor sessions, students and mentors are encouraged to stay in touch and share any ideas, insights or tips throughout the year.
HOW CAN I BECOME A MENTOR?
1. Confirm1 1. Confirm
Alumni should confirm if the Mentor Program is offered in the program from which they graduated. If so, they should reach out to their academic director or Laura.McDermott@ie.edu for more information.
2. Apply1 2. Apply
Alumni then apply to be a mentor in the Mentor Program relevant to their program.
3. Get Selected1 3. Get Selected
Alumni are selected to be mentors based on their application and availability.
4. Receive Training1 4. Receive Training
After being selected, mentors are given training, assigned to their teams (typically one mentor per team) and research their groups prior to session 1.
About some of our mentors
Launch of the Mentor Program
Active mentors in 2020-21
Number of alumni generations currently mentoring