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The NYU Washington, DC mentor program connects its network of active alumni volunteers to current students studying in Washington, DC in support of their academic and career. This program fosters learning through the experience and expertise of alumni, creating stronger bonds among all members of the NYU community. It also serves as a platform for practical guidance in a wide variety of disciplines and industries, reflecting NYU's commitment to a supportive and interdisciplinary model.

*It is NOT a job placement program, nor does it facilitate academic credit through internships or independent studies.

The program allows students an inside look at career options through informational interviewing, networking, and observation. Mentors gain the satisfaction of helping students make sound career decisions. NYU Washington DC’s expectations and suggested guidelines will provide a practical framework for the mentoring relationship. However, the participants themselves determine the nature and scope of the mentorship. After students sign up, they are matched with alumni mentors based on the following criteria:

  • shared academic experiences
  • common NYU concentrations and coursework
  • shared student life experiences
  • common career goals and ambitions
  • shared extracurricular interests

    Once each participant accepts and makes contact, the direction of the mentorship is in the hands of the participants. Some ways of mentoring include:
  • Alumni volunteer participation in various panels, informational workshops and networking events at the Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center in Washington, DC.
  • In-person Informational Interview wherein students meet with a mentor to discuss his/her occupation, roles, job functions, and obtain career advice and strategies.
  • Day on the Job/Shadowing during which students spend a day or a few hours observing the mentor's daily work routine, gaining a real work setting perspective on a potential career.
  • Phone Contact- Students may call a mentor for general career-related information.
  • Local Conferences, Events, Talks- Listings available through linktank, ClotureClub,The Phillips Collection,the Smithsonian, Cultural Tourism DC, and others.

All NYU alumni are eligible to participate as mentors in the NYU Washington, DC Mentor Program. This program will provide alumni with the unique opportunity to offer expertise and advice by serving as invaluable resources on topics such as career paths, resumes, course selection, international perspectives and work/family guidance.

Any current NYU student is eligible to participate as mentees in the program. This association with alumni will provide individuals with useful sources of information and guidance from beyond the University.

What sort of time commitment is involved with the Mentor Program?

The program is adaptable to the needs of individual participants. The extent of time contributed by mentors is dependent on their availability and chosen level of participation. As a mentor, you are able to select the number of students you wish to mentor, and determine the level of interaction you have with them. You can meet or speak to your mentee once, or continue to foster a professional relationship over time.

How are students matched to Mentors?

Mentors and mentees are able to self-select the information they wish to share through the Mentor Program application. Mentors and mentees are then matched based on shared interests and fields.

What are the responsibilities of a Mentor?

A mentor gives students an inside look at career options and coaches them on the skills that will improve their success. Mentors encourage students to network with other professionals, educate students on the daily work involved in their careers, and talk about different options in the field. They may also review students' resumes and give feedback.

What are some ways to effectively mentor a student?

There are a variety of ways to effectively mentor our students. For example, mentors can make themselves available for one or more of the following options:

Day on the Job/Shadowing—Students spend a day or a few hours observing the mentor's daily work routine, gaining a "real work setting" perspective on a potential career

In-person Informational Interview —Students meet with a mentor to discuss his/her occupation, roles, job functions, and obtain career advice and strategies

Phone Contact —Students may call a mentor for general career-related information

Email—General industry/career inquiries can be sent to you from the student

Skype—Utilize video chat resources in order to communicate with students

What are the responsibilities of a student?

Once students gain access to the Mentor Program, they are responsible for initiating contact with their mentor.

Does the mentor program lead to a job or an internship?

The Mentor Program involves no promise of future employment; this program is designed to promote professional networking and allow the students insight into the career/industry.


The program is adaptable to the needs of individual participants. The extent of time contributed by mentors is dependent on their availability and chosen level of participation. As a mentee, you are able to determine the level of interaction you have with with your mentor. You can meet or speak to your mentor once, or continue to foster a professional relationship over time.


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How do I Sign Up?

Signing up is easy!  To sign up for the NYU Washington, DC Mentor program, please fill out the appropriate registration form:

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