The Northeastern Co-op Mentor program allows alumni and students from around the world to engage and expand their personal network. This program, developed by the Office of Alumni Relations and Co-op Connections, makes it easy for you to make a strong connection with a student in your city. Alumni mentors help co-op students navigate their careers and professional development, potentially transforming their co-op experience, while co-op students get the opportunity to gain valuable expertise and knowledge from alumni who are leaders in their fields. Students and alumni can leverage the robust, global Northeastern network to achieve what’s next.
Fall 2018 Applications are now closed.
We have launched an exciting new website designed to encourage professional networking and mentorship. The platform allows easier communication with your mentee, and provides access to resources to manage your mentoring relationship.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the three-step application process by visiting NUsource. Register for the platform and complete your application by Tuesday, July 31. We will reach out with your mentor matches in early August. As part of our pilot group testing this new platform, we look to you for feedback as you complete the registration process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Stephanie Foner with any questions or suggestions you may have.
Apply in 3 easy steps:
- Register for the NUsource platform by clicking “Join the Community”. Choose the “Northeastern Login” option and register with your Husky Nation Credentials. If you cannot remember your username or password, click here.
- Once complete, you’ll be directed to your Dashboard. Click the “Northeastern Co-op Mentor Program” tab on the top of the screen.
- From there, you’ll be directed to the “about” page. Click “Join program”, fill out your Mentor Program application, and submit.
Make an Impact
The global Co-op Mentor Program pairs current co-op students with alumni in their industry/ field of study. The program is designed to help mentors provide co-op students with valuable insight, and industry experience, potentially transforming their professional and educational journey. Co-op students get their foot-in-the-door by tapping the robust, global Northeastern network through their alumni mentor.
“Northeastern alumni make so many things possible for students. I’ve had such a great experience working with an alumni mentor on my current co-op. He has been able to help me navigate my new job and make important connections. ” – Greg Berson, SSH’16
“This is a hugely valuable program, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet people who are experts in their field.” – Margarita Kefalas, DMSB’17
Frequently Asked Questions
Which cities have co-op mentor programs?
The program is currently operating in the areas mentioned below, however its scope continues to grow.
- San Francisco
- Silicon Valley
- London, UK
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.
How can I get involved?
To become a mentor or mentee in this program, applicants must complete the online application form at http://nusource.northeastern.edu. Applications for the Fall 2018 are now open through July 31. If selected for the program, applicants will be notified by early August.
For more information, please email Stephanie Foner at firstname.lastname@example.org.CLOSE
What does a program cycle entail?
This program runs alongside the Northeastern co-op cycle, beginning in January and July of each year. The current cycle is underway for all regions, and the next round of applications will open in July 2018.
After the applications have closed, participants will be selected and matched. All accepted mentors and mentees will be notified and invited to attend the kickoff event in early August 2018. The program will conclude with a wrap dinner in mid-December 2018.CLOSE
How much time should I dedicate to this program?
One of the great things about this program is that it is flexible. Mentors and mentees will determine how their relationship will work, and how often they want to meet. Below are some of the guidelines and best practices that will help ensure a successful relationship:
- Required: Complete the Mentor Agreement at the beginning of the program to determine expectations, availability, and preferred methods of communications
- Maintain regular contact (aim for at least twice a month)
- Attend the kickoff event, wrap dinner, and other community events in your region together
- Respect to each others’ needs, expectations and time
- Work to establish realistic and obtainable goals, both personal and professional
- Discuss networking skills that can be applied in multiple settings
- Be yourself, be flexible, and be respectful
- Educate mentees about their industry and city, and prepare them to compete successfully in the job market
- Expose your mentee to the challenges, rewards, and outlooks of companies and career paths
- Invite mentees to visit their office to expose them to different company cultures or environments
- Keep mentors updated on university happenings and activities on campus
- Take initiative by coming equipped with questions and goals they hope to achieve
- Provide feedback in order to have the best experience with their mentor
What are the benefits of being involved?
Being a mentor is a wonderful way to stay connected to Northeastern and to have a positive impact on a current student’s experience. Here are just a few of the things our past mentors had to say about the program:
“Participation in the mentor program is truly one of the most impactful actions that I can take to give back to, and stay connected with, my alma mater. I strongly encourage others to do so.” —Geoff Collette, DMSB’07
“I liked begin reminded that the best education happens in and out of the classroom.”- Simone Berman-Rossi, AS’96, L’01
“As a person who graduated college about 25 years ago and has been in the working world for quite a while, it was rewarding for me to be able to help someone who is in college now and whom has a lot of questions about the professional working world.” – Joe Lillis, AS’93CLOSE
If I mentored a student last cycle, do I need to apply again?
Yes. Due to the implementation of a new mentoring software, past mentors do need to complete the application form again. This quick process will ensure your information is up to date and the best matches are made. Please simply notify Stephanie Foner (email@example.com) if you have any questions about mentoring again. We will do our best to pair you with another student.CLOSE
Mentor Program Resources