Mass Communication Mentorship Program
We started the Department of Mass Communication Mentorship Program last year. We had a very successful start with 11 students matched with 11 mass communication alumni. We felt the program was so beneficial to our students, alumni, and department that we’ve decided to continue it this year. We have decided based on what we learned from our first year to do a few things differently.
First, why we started the program: The idea for our MC Mentorship Program was suggested by one of our own alumni who has had much experience over the years with interns and heard their expressed desires to be better equipped for the “real world.” She felt that this growing need could be solved by “matching” alumni with current seniors in order guide them through their last semesters.
The 2012 Mentorship Program will match selected alumni with selected current juniors for the 2012 calendar year. We are asking alumni to communicate with their student mentee each month. Communication can be accomplished through emails, phone conversations, or visits. Students need advice on everything from careers, opportunities, resumes, professionalism, etc. It is up to the mentor to develop the relationship with the student and to provide the mentorship the student needs.
We will select mass communication students who are juniors in January who plan to graduate by Spring 2013. Students will receive one hour of practicum credit for their participation in the program.
We are planning a “meet your student/mentor” event January 27. It will include a light lunch, a brief training session, and an opportunity for mentors to meet their mentees. From there mentors/mentees will communicate throughout the year and then we will bring the group back together November 2012.
If you are interested in being a mentor, complete the application at http://www.gcsu.edu/mscmalumni/events.htm and send it to Tommie Benton at email@example.com by October 14. We will get back in touch with you as soon as we’ve met with students and matched mentors/mentees.
Please consider volunteering for this professional opportunity to assist our students in their careers. Thank you for your continuing support of the Department of Mass Communication and stay in touch!