Illinois Tech Alumni Mentorship Program

Goal of Mentorship Program:

  • Provide a professional resource to help students successfully navigate their academic and career paths.
  • Help students build and develop professional skills.
  • Provide students with advice and guidance for their academic, professional, and personal development.

Program Overview:

  • Students are matched with an alumni mentor based on major, degree, and career interests.
  • Students and mentors connect on a regular basis (every 2 to 4 weeks) during the program.
  • Mentors and students collaborate to determine goals and activities to work on during the mentorship relationship.

Activities current mentors have done with their students include:

  • Mock interviews
  • Informational interviews
  • Job shadows
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Introductions to professionals in mentor’s network
  • Mock salary negotiations
  • Role-play difficult conversations in the workplace
  • Brainstorm ways to stand out in your internship/job applications and interviews

Discussion topics current mentors have provided advice and guidance with include:

  • Career options
  • Academic and graduate school options
  • Time management
  • Effective networking
  • How to follow-up after an interview
  • Assessing workplace environments
  • Assessing workplace values/non-negotiables
  • Communications in the workplace with managers or supervisors
  • What hiring managers are looking for in applicants

Why Join the Illinois Tech Alumni Mentorship Program?


In the professional world, who you know can be important!  Understanding your career path options and networking can often be intimidating.  You might be unsure about where to start, who to reach out to, or what to say.  The Alumni Mentorship Program makes it easy to get advice and network in your field.  Illinois Tech alumni are some the greatest resources for understanding career options and finding professional opportunities. Alumni have been in your shoes before want to share their knowledge and advice to help you succeed!

Current Illinois Tech students have found the program helpful for understanding and navigating career options.  Current students feel more confident and motivated to apply for internships or jobs, attend career fairs, and take action with other career related endeavors.


The Illinois Tech Alumni Mentorship Program allows alumni to share their own personal experiences, advice, guidance, and expertise to help students prepare for a successful future.  As a mentor, you will help Illinois Tech students with academic, career, and personal development as they are entering their career.  Current alumni volunteers have found the program to be a rewarding and meaningful experience to help students navigate during this phase in their career path.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Spring 2024 (we will send reminders again once matched): 

February 2, 2024        Application Deadline

February 2, 2024        Deadline to complete Student Training and Orientation **Students MUST register for training on Handshake**

February 12, 2024      Mentors and students are notified about matching

February 19, 2024      Last day for students to initiate contact with mentor

June 20, 2024             End of Spring 2024 mentorship

**Students MUST also register for a training on Handshake. Search “alumni mentorship” in events.** Training dates: 1/16, 1/18, 1/23, or 1/25