Alumni Mentoring Network

A Connected Network

The Northeastern University Honors Program Alumni Mentoring Network connects Honors Program alumni with upper class Honors students to mutually advance students’ and mentors’ professional and personal effectiveness through supportive intergenerational relationships, professional workshops, and networking.

Honors students appreciate receiving guidance and personal attention from a Mentor who is invested in their success. As students gain experience in cultivating strong professional relationships as they grow intellectually, professionally and personally, Mentors reap the reward of seeing their Mentees thrive.

As we bring Honors Mentors and Mentees pairs together to exchange ideas and engage in workshops and conversations around professional development, a rich, vibrant network is created in which all learn from one another.

The Benefits of Mentorship

  • As students reap rich rewards from what they learn from their Mentors, alums also learn from their protégés while they advance their mentoring abilities.
  • Both Mentors and Mentees become part of a vibrant network of inter-generational learners.
  • Through their interactions with the larger community of Honors Mentors and Mentees, all participants’ professional networks will be enriched.
  • Alumni and current students remain active contributors to the University Honors Program and the greater Northeastern University community, establishing meaningful relationships that will last a life-time.

Read about the tangible effects of the Mentor-Mentee partnership with these Mentor-Mentee Q&As

Alumni who are interested in being matched with an upperclass Honors student should register on our NUsource page. You will be asked to answer a few registration questions and create your Mentor Profile, which you can connect with your LinkedIn account.

The matching of Honors Alumni and Students will be based on the information they provide in their respective profiles.

The University Honors Program believes that the opportunity for students and members of our alumni community to forge meaningful relationships is invaluable. Although we may not be able to match alums with Honors students who are interested in their exact academic background or profession, we believe that students, in particular, thrive when Mentors are invested in their holistic development— regardless of their specific areas of expertise.

Please contact Academic Advisor Alicia McCormick with any questions.

2020-2021

  • Interested alumni are asked to register by August 31st
  • On October 7th, you will receive an email connecting you with your assigned Mentee.
  • You and your Mentee are expected to engage with another throughout the academic year. Upon the conclusion of the 2020-21 cycle, pairs will be given the opportunity to renew their mentorship for another year should they choose.

Role of Honors Alumni Mentors

Honors Alumni Mentors provide guidance and support to Honors students as they chart their unique learning journeys and prepare for their bright futures. Mentors may elect to work with a single student, or a small group of students, who share a disciplinary or professional interest. Alternately, Mentors may elect to serve as a “consultant” to groups of students with a common interest.

Mentors are asked to maintain consistent contact with their Mentee, promptly respond to their communications, and be as flexible as possible as students balance competing responsibilities of classes, co-op, etc.

Role of Honors Student Mentees

As Mentees, Honors students seek guidance and personal attention from a mentor who is invested in their success. Students gain experience in cultivating strong professional relationships as they grow intellectually, professionally and personally.

Students are asked to maintain consistent contact with their Mentor, promptly respond to their communications, and show appreciation for the time and expertise their Mentor offers them.

Role of the University Honors Program

  • University Honors Program professionals will provide ongoing support to Mentors and Mentees to ensure that their relationships are mutually beneficial.
  • The University Honors Program will provide educational resources on effective mentoring and will host occasional live and digital networking events in which participants may share ideas and experiences, and can form rewarding relationships with other mentors and mentees.

What is the expected time commitment?

Mentoring relationships work best when the communication is consistent.  Although the University Honors Program does not set a strict requirement for the number and length of meeting times, we do recommend that participants communicate as often as necessary to gain the most from the experience.  Typically, contact at least once or twice a month is ideal.

I no longer reside in Boston. How can I serve as an effective mentor to my Mentee?

Meetings can occur in person, on the telephone, or via the internet using Skype or other teleconferencing tool. Alumni do not have to be on campus to leave a footprint at Northeastern. Whether you are right down the street or across the globe, we invite alumni from around the world to be part of the Honors Alumni Mentoring Network.

Can I mentor more than one student at one time?

Yes! The University Honors Program is interested in providing Honors students with many types of “networked communities.” Alumni are invited to serve as mentors to small, or larger, groups of students who are working on a shared initiative. If this is of interest to you, please indicate this when completing your Alumni Profile.

What are some general expectations with respect to etiquette in mentoring relationships?

  • Honors Students and Alumni Mentors are expected to engage with one another in a dignified, respectful and professional manner at all times.
  • Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to meet in public places, such as offices, coffee shops or restaurants, rather than in a private setting such as a home or apartment.
  • Students are expected to keep ALL commitments made to their Mentors, including the times scheduled for meetings and phone calls. Students realize that their Mentors are busy professionals and so any requests to change scheduled meeting times must occur with ample notice.

What kind of relationship should I aim to develop with my Mentee?

  • The relationship between Students and Mentors should be focused on matters that directly pertain to the professional development of mentees. The University Honors Program strongly discourages the formation of personal relationships among Mentors and Mentees that exceed the boundaries of professional relationships.
  • While Mentors may provide their Mentees with advice about how to achieve their professional objectives, Mentors are not expected to find employment opportunities for Mentees.
  • Students should be prepared to cover their own costs when meeting with Mentors, such as for refreshments, meals and transportation. Mentors are not responsible for providing any material or financial benefits to their Mentees.
  • Although Mentors and students may exchange personal information with one another as their relationship develops, we expect that both parties will treat such information respectfully and confidentially.

What kind of support may I expect from the University Honors Program?

Throughout the course of year, the University Honors Program will provide all participants with educational materials (e.g. Guides, articles, academic essays, etc.), investing in the training and development of mentors and mentees alike. On occasion, the University Honors Program may coordinate events bringing together mentors and mentees. The University Honors Program will also develop an online community for all participants to interact and exchange ideas.

The University Honors Program will always be available to answer questions and to provide support. We will check in with all participants at least once a month to facilitate progress in the mentoring relationships.

What happens when my student graduates?

The University Honors Program is in constant gratitude for your valued contributions to your Mentee’s success and graduation, and we hope and encourage that your relationship will continue to thrive. The University Honors Program will continue to stay in touch with you and will offer you the opportunity to consider beginning a new mentoring relationship with one or more University Honors students.

Whom should I contact if I’m interested in being a mentor?

Please contact Academic Advisor Alicia McCormick with any questions.

For more information, contact Alicia McCormick at a.mccormick@northeastern.edu or honorsalumni@northeastern.edu.