Board of Overseers Mentor Program

Overseer Mentor Program

Connect with industry-connected alumni to learn how to get your foot in the door.

The Board of Overseers sees itself as bringing the realities of the arts and Communication fields to current students. Our new mentoring program will allow us to work with students early in their professional development to guide them in looking for opportunities. It’s our way of giving back to Emerson.

Award winners, such as Emerson Board of Overseers member and Tony Award winner Bonnie Comley, thank their family, friends, and colleagues when accepting their awards. Additionally, they also thank the people who have helped guide them to where they are today: their mentors.

If you are interested in getting some help from people who share the same passion as you do, consider applying to be a participant in the Emerson Board of Overseers Mentor Program. If selected, you will be matched with a mentor who has had proven success in your professional interest.

How Do I Apply?

To apply, you must be a Sophomore. To apply, please complete this application, consisting of three main sections:

  • A completed application form, which includes five short questions and an essay.
  • Three references of people who have an experience of why you are an exceptional candidate. They can be emailed directly to Carol Spector.
  • A copy of your unofficial Emerson College transcript, available from eCommon.

Applications must be completed by February 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

The Selection Process

  1. The Career Services staff will review all applications and will call the top candidates for 30-minute interviews. Interviews will be the week of March 17 and 24.
  2. The Selection Committee will select 10 students to participate in the program. Selections will be made before the end of the semester.

Additional Information:

What is the Selection Committee looking for?

Focus and passion. They are looking for the spark that shows you are exceptional. They are looking for someone who wants guidance and to learn from industry professionals. 

Is my grade point average important?

While it’s always great to show that you are exceptional academically, the selection committee knows that a student with focus and passion may need a little help to get set in his or her studies. A combination of the two always impresses the committee.

Who is eligible?

Current sophomore students are eligible for the Board of Overseers mentoring program.

Who should I have write my recommendations and what should they write?

Find three people who have experience working with you and can talk about your accomplishments. We want to see their passion and focus for you come through in their recommendations too! While Emerson College staff and faculty may write recommendations for you, it’s always more impressive to see that you have collaborated with people in many different venues.

Who will be the mentors?

Alumni of Emerson College and/or industry professionals who have relationships with Emerson College. Mentors will be matched depending upon the professional interests of the students.

How long will my mentor and I work together?

The official relationship between the mentor and student will last two years. We encourage you to continue your relationship after your formal mentoring relationship ends.

What will the mentor do for me?

The responsibilities of the mentor:

  • Meet face-to-face with you once per year
  • Schedule regular phone meetings at least three times per year (monthly meetings are encouraged)
  • Be available for questions via phone and email
  • Discuss career goals and develop a career development plan
  • Introduce you to people and organizational resources in his or her area of professional interest

What is the student's role?

The responsibilities of the student:

  • Will be available for face-to-face meetings with mentor once a year
  • Will participate in regular phone meetings at least three times per year (monthly meetings are encouraged)
  • Will be present at all meetings and calls
  • Will complete all projects assigned by mentor
  • Will act in a professional manner at all times

For more info:

Attend the information session on Wednesday, January 29th at 3:00pm.

Or contact Carol Spector, Director of Career Services, at 617-824-8586.

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