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The NYU Washington, DC mentor program connects active alumni volunteers to current students studying in Washington, DC. The program fosters learning through the experience and expertise of alumni and creates stronger bonds between different members of the NYU community. It also serves as a platform for practical guidance for students, exposing them to alumni in a wide variety of disciplines and industries. The initiative, overall, reflects 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 to take an inside look at different career options through informational interviews, networking opportunities, and direct observation. Mentors gain the satisfaction of helping students make sound career decisions. NYU Washington DC’s expectations and suggested guidelines 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 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 initial contact, the direction of the mentorship is in the hands of the participants. Some common forms 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 Interviews wherein students meet with a mentor to discuss their occupation, roles, and job functions, and to obtain career advice.
  • 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 provides alumni with the unique opportunity to offer expertise and advice on topics such as career paths, resumes, course selection, international perspectives, and work/family guidance.

Any current NYU student is eligible to participate as a mentee in the program. This close association with alumni provides students with useful information and guidance that goes beyond what they learn at school.

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 overall academic and professional efforts. 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 to 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 makes no promise of future employment. This program is designed to promote professional networking and give students insight into a particular 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 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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