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Mentoring Programs

Alumni Mentoring Program

The College of Nursing Mentoring Program connects nursing students and alumni by matching students with professionals in their area of interest who can offer advice and information about career options or other issues relevant to nursing.

The mentoring program is open to all alumni and current students of the College of Nursing, as well as to Penn State alumni working in nursing-related fields.

The application period for Fall 2019 has now concluded. Matching will take place in June and all alumni–protégé pairs will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of July. A kickoff luncheon will be held September 21. We ask that all pairs take this opportunity to meet in person at least one time.  We will also be having a student orientation prior to the luncheon in mid-September.  The orientation is mandatory for all students to attend.


If you are an alumna/alumnus of the College of Nursing, or any Penn State alumna/alumnus working in a nursing-related field, then you are eligible to mentor a student. Once we receive your application, we will match you with a student whose interests closely match your professional experience. You will be assigned a student with junior or senior standing so that your mentoring partnership can remain throughout the student’s junior and senior years.

The only requirement is that you attend a Mentoring Kickoff Luncheon on September 21, 2019, and participate in an online orientation program prior to the luncheon.  At the luncheon, you will have the opportunity to meet your student protégé in person, learn more about the mentoring program, and work with your protégé to develop goals and action steps for participation in the program.


What is life like after college? What will I do after I graduate? How can I ensure that I have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed after graduation?

An alumni mentor can help you with many of the questions you may have about your education and future career. Alumni mentors serve as a guide, answering questions, giving advice, and helping you to learn more about your field of interest and about yourself.

If you are a student in the College of Nursing who will be a junior or senior in Fall 2019, then you are eligible to participate in the mentoring program. NOTE: Application period for Fall 2019 has now concluded. If you are accepted into the program, we will match you with an alumni mentor whose professional experiences closely match your interests (as best we can). It is expected that your mentoring partnership will continue through your senior year (or until graduation).  You are required to participate in an in-person training in mid-September, date to be announced (there will be a location in Hershey and one in University Park) and encouraged to attend the Mentoring Program Luncheon (at University Park) on September 21, 2019.  At the luncheon, you will have the opportunity to meet your mentor in person and work with your mentor to develop goals and action steps for participation in the program.

Questions? Call 814-867-5534 or email

Regular communication with your mentor will help you to get the most out of the program. You can communicate with your mentor via e-mail, phone, or visits to your mentor’s workplace if your mentor chooses. You may wish to ask your mentor about areas of study, career options, or their career or area(s) of expertise and interest. This is not a job placement program. You should not expect your mentor to offer you employment.