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Newcomb Mentoring Program

The Newcomb Institute Mentoring Program prepares students for leadership by connecting undergraduates with alumnae who have paved the roads before them.

From recent graduates to retired alumnae in the US and abroad, students develop one-on-one relationships with a professional mentor and alumnae stay connected to their alma mater to inspire future generations. 

Applications

Alumnae: Applications for the 2019-2020 school year have closed. Please check back in August 2020 to apply for next year. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to live in New Orleans to be a mentor?

We encourage alumnae from all over the world to be a mentor. Students can talk with you via video calls or by phone.  

How often should a mentor communicate with their student match?

There is an expectation that the mentor will talk with their student match at least once a month for 8 months either in-person, via video call, or by telephone. You are also encouraged to send your student helpful information via e-mail or mail.

How are matches made?

We will do our best to match you with a student who shares similar interests with you. After the initial match is made, Newcomb Institute will e-mail you and the student each other's information.  We will ask the student to make initial introductory contact with you. If you were not matched with a student this semester, you will be contacted by Newcomb Institute.  

How many matches are made each semester?

The number of matches will depend on the participation by alumnae and students, so please encourage your friends to be mentors too.  

Any other tips to being a successful mentor?

You may be the student's first professional mentor. Please be patient with your student match. If you do not hear from your student for an extended period and have reached out multiple times, please contact the program coordinator, so NI can reach out directly to the student.

Program Expectations

Thank you for your interest in the Newcomb Mentoring Program. Below you will find a set of expectations for the students and alumnae in the program.

Student Expectations

There is an expectation that a student and mentor match will talk at least once a month for 8 months in-person, via video call, or by telephone. We hope at the end of each scheduled conversation, you can schedule your next one. We also encourage e-mailing between conversations.

Pairs will be matched on the basis of the career interests the students include in their application and the available alumnae.

We ask each student who participates to be open-minded and communicative with their alumna mentor match. Newcomb Institute tries to match all students with alumnae doing work or who have worked in a field or area relevant to the material listed in the application. Not all matches will be exact; however, there is still a great deal a student can learn from an alumna.

All student participants attend a pre-orientation to review program expectations and useful mentorship skills.

This is a mentorship program; not a job matching program.

After the initial mentor match is made, Newcomb will e-mail the student and their mentor each other's information.  We ask the student to make initial introductory contact with the mentor.

The alumnae are volunteering their time to mentor students.  We ask that all students participating in the program respond to their mentors in a timely manner and be respectful of the time their mentors dedicate to speak with them.

Students and alumnae are welcome to participate multiple semesters.

Mentor Expectations

There is an expectation that the mentor will talk with their student match at least once a month for 8 months in-person, via video call, or by telephone. You are also encouraged to send your student helpful information via e-mail or mail.

We will do our best to match a mentor with a student that shares similar interests.  Matches may not be exact; however, all alumnae can still provide their student matches with a great deal of information and guidance.

An alumna mentor may be the student's first professional mentor.  We ask alumnae to be patient with their students. If an alumna does not hear from their student for an extended period and has reached out multiple times, please contact the program coordinator, so NI can reach out directly to the student.

After the initial match is made, Newcomb will send an introductory e-mail to student and mentor matches. We will ask the student to make initial introductory contact; however, if the mentor does not hear from their student match, they can reach out. 

The number of matches will depend on the participation by alumnae and students, so please encourage your friends to be mentors too. 

You are welcome to participate in multiple semesters and please do not be discouraged if you are not matched every semester.
 

For more information, contact:
Alyssa Liehr
Program Coordinator
aliehr@tulane.edu