Careers & Internships

Alumni Mentor Program

The Jackson Student-Alumni Mentor Program is an exciting opportunity designed to create a stronger JSIS community and support the professional goals of Jackson School students. The Jackson Student-Alumni Mentor Program matches each student with a mentor (either alumni or friends of the Jackson School) based on their academic and professional interests.

Our goal is to assist students in their transition from academic to professional life and provide them with a positive role model who has gone through similar experiences and can encourage the student to explore their career aspirations. Through friendship and guidance, mentors and mentees develop a professional relationship that supports the student’s efforts toward a successful and productive transition through graduation and beyond.

The Student-Alumni mentor program runs annually from October to April, and students connect with mentors at least once a quarter during that time. At the end of the program we will hold a reception for all the Mentor Program participants to meet and share their stories and experiences.

Students Talking


The Time Commitment

The Jackson Student-Alumni Mentor Program runs from October to April every year. Students sign up during autumn quarter and, after selecting their mentors based on their profiles, are asked to arrange to meet/communicate with their mentors at least once per quarter for the duration of the program. Mentors outside of the Seattle area who cannot meet in person can choose a preferred method of communication (phone/Skype/etc). Many of our mentors are in Seattle, but others are based all over the world.

Fall Quarter
September October November December
Mentors invited to submit biographies and are sent “Mentor Manuals” for guidance during the mentoring process Students sign up to participate and attend mandatory info session, submit match requests. Mentors matched by mid-November, and are asked to connect once before end of Fall quarter (mid-December)
Winter Quarter  Spring Quarter
January February March April
During Winter Quarter (Jan-Mar), Mentor Program participants meet/ connect at least once, as their schedule allows. Participants are invited to RSVP for the Mentor Program Reception at the close of the program. Our Capstone Mentor Program Reception will be held in April

How do I sign up to Participate in the Mentor Program?


Our mentor recruitment formally happens in late summer each year and is open until midnight on September 30 for the 2018-2019 cycle via the online survey. If you are interested in being a part of next year’s mentor program, please complete the survey or contact the Jackson School careers office.


To participate in this year’s mentor program, students need to register before November 2nd by coming to one of our program info sessions. At the info sessions we’ll explain how the program works, what the commitment looks like, and how to choose an alumni mentor.  Info sessions for 2018:

Monday Oct. 22: Thomson Hall room 403 (4:30-5:15 p.m.)

Thursday Oct. 25: Thomson Hall room 317 (12:15-12:45 p.m.)

Tuesday Oct. 30: Thomson Hall room 317 (1:00– 1:45 p.m.)

Wednesday Oct. 31: Thomson Hall room 124 (drop-ins between 2:00-4:00 p.m.)


After you attend an information session, you may sign up using the online Student Sign Up survey. 


Why should I sign up to be a mentor?

Mentoring a Jackson School student is rewarding on many levels. Interacting with students prompts mentors to reflect on their own careers and to take stock. As they summarize their years of experience, they come to realize and value just how much they’ve learned and how much they have to offer. But we hope our mentors are also re-invigorated as they experience the passion, energy and fresh perspective of our students.

The mentor experience is an opportunity for mentors to put their own vision, energy and creativity to work, making an important difference in another student’s life. Mentors enjoy the personal satisfaction of contributing to a student’s growth and success, as well as giving back to the Jackson School community. They also enjoy the stimulation and challenge of inspiring, encouraging, and supporting their mentees, contributing to their professional and personal development.

Why should I sign up to get a mentor if I’m a student?

As you think about graduating and moving on to the next chapter of your life, you will no doubt be faced with many important decisions. Go to grad school or join the work force? Will a job in the private, NGO, or government sectors be the right one for you? Where will your skills be valued? How should you go about looking for that first job—an interesting job that will use your degree?

When you face these questions, it’s useful to have advice from someone who has been there before you and done what you’re doing. Jackson alumni will be able to offer help and guidance from different perspectives, and learning from their experience can help you make more informed decisions as you carve out your own path for the next few years.