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Alumni Mentor Program

The University of San Francisco Alumni Mentor Program (AMP) brings together alumni with students and recent graduates for mutually beneficial career advancement and community building.

The program inspires excellence by providing alumni an important way to stay connected and by giving students new opportunities to build their networks.

Alumni Share Their Knowledge with Students

  • Establishing and working towards accomplishing career goals
  • Exploring different career paths, companies, and industries
  • Broadening and leveraging professional networks

The program is designed with busy professionals and students in mind. The program runs for the academic year, from November through April. Graduate students, undergraduate juniors and seniors, and recent graduates are invited to participate as mentees. All alumni can register as mentors. Mentors and mentees are asked to connect once a month, either in person or online.

Be Part of the Alumni Mentor Program

AMP is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, select graduate school programs, and all alumni. Students can sign up during the school year to be part of the Alumni Mentor Program.

There are exclusive opportunities for networking with fellow mentors and mentees in the AMP program. Activities include a kickoff event, closing event, discounts to alumni events, and small group sessions. Find out more in the Alumni Mentor Program Handbook


  • Summer: Mentors are invited to register for the mentor program.
  • Early Fall: Students are invited to register for the program and request their mentor for the year.
  • Late Fall: Matches are finalized and mentors and mentees are introduced via email. Everyone is invited to attend the Kickoff event on USF’s main campus.
  • November: Kickoff Event hosted by the Alumni Mentor Program.
  • April: Closing Event hosted by the Alumni Mentor Program.

How the Alumni Mentor Program Works

How can I get involved?

The Alumni Mentor Program opens registration in the summer/early fall for mentors and mentees. The program runs for the academic year (from November - April). We do our best to match alumni with students through December/January.

What is the time commitment?

AMP is an academic year-long commitment running from October to April for all participants.

What if I don't live in the Bay Area?

Everyone is welcome to join the program regardless of their location. Mentors and mentees who live outside the Bay Area must be able to engage in distance mentoring by email, phone, and/or video chat. 

What are the eligibility requirements for being a mentor?

To be considered to serve as a mentor through the mentor program, alumni must be one year removed from college, fully employed, and must provide a professional reference. You must also confirm your commitment to connecting with your mentee at least once per month for the duration of the program.

What are the eligibility requirements of being a mentee?

To be considered as a mentee, you must be a junior or senior undergraduate student, a graduate student, or a GOLD alumnus (graduate of the last decade). You must confirm your review/attendance of our orientation webinar, and confirm your commitment to connecting with your mentor at least once per month for the duration of the program. 

How will I be matched?

Once a mentor registers and is approved for the program, their profile and preferences will be added to the alumni mentor directory on the student registration form. When mentees register for the program, they will request their preferred mentor from the directory, and the Office of Alumni Engagement will review and approve the match. Both mentor and mentee will be introduced via email and will be invited to attend the kickoff event together.

What are some general expectations and norms for mentees?

  • Mentees are expected to keep all commitments made to their mentors, including times scheduled for meetings and phone calls. Students realize that their mentors are busy professionals and any requests to change scheduled meeting times should occur with 24-48 hour’s notice.
  • Mentees should be prepared to cover their costs when meeting with mentors, such as for refreshments, meals, and transportation.
  • Mentees should come be prepared with tangible goals and ambitions that they can share with their mentor. Together, mentor and mentee will work together to achieve these goals over the course of the year.

Are mentors expected to provide a job or internship for student mentees?

No. We appreciate your interest in staying connected with USF and being part of this mentoring effort. While mentors may provide their mentees with advice about how to achieve their professional objectives, mentors are not expected to find employment opportunities for mentees.

If I mentored a student last cycle, do I need to apply again?

If you have volunteered as a mentor in the last three years, you will be redirected to a shortened registration form.

What kind of support may I expect from the university?

All participants will be invited to a kickoff event to launch the mentor program. If you are not local or cannot make the dinner, we will send you the presentation from the event and resources to help you get started. From there, you can expect monthly communications from the Office Alumni Engagement with reminders and suggestions for get-togethers.

What happens once the time commitment is complete?

Matches are welcome to continue to stay in touch if they choose!