Alumni Mentor Programs

Since 1987, the Humphrey School Alumni Society has sponsored a mentoring program that has connected hundreds of Humphrey students with alumni who share similar professional interests. These connections help students develop substantive knowledge in their chosen field, as well as refine strategies for finding meaningful work.

Mentor Programs Overview

The mentor programs connect alumni and other professionals who are friends of the Humphrey School with students who share the same areas of professional interest. By virtue of their rich experience and expertise in the field, mentors provide insight into career paths and advice about developing professional networks. Mentors report that they, too, receive something back from their protégés, whether it be a renewed inspiration to make a difference, tips about successfully using social media, an update about special University events, or just plain gratitude for the mentor’s help.

Domestic Mentor Program (DMP)
The domestic mentor program serves students in all Humphrey degree programs who are interested in domestic policy or planning issues by matching them with local mentors in Minnesota. To participate, contact Jen Guyer-Wood, 612-625-2847.

Global Mentor Program (GMP)
The global mentor program connects mentors doing international work with second year Humphrey students who hope to develop international careers themselves. Global mentors can be working anywhere in the world. They will largely connect with their protégés via email, Skype and other distance technologies. To participate, contact Jen Guyer-Wood, 612-625-2847.

Program Timeline and Information

The domestic mentor program begins with an orientation program for students and mentors early fall semester, followed by kick-off events (where mentors and students meet). The global mentor program also begins in fall semester with information sent electronically to all mentors and students. Both programs run through the academic year, ending in May.

Mentor Program Staff

Courtney Barrette, Manager of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
Jennifer Guyer-Wood, Director of Career & Professional Development
Jane Vega, Employer Relations Coordinator

Alumni Relations

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
280 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-2099