Columbia Journalism School

Alumni Mentor Program

Deadline: September 6, 2013

All questions and concerns about the alumni-student mentor program should be directed to the Alumni Office (jalumni@columbia.edu).
 

Dear Fellow Alumni:

Today’s J-School students could use someone to talk to. We hope that someone can be you.

Through the mentor program, we give you an opportunity to help a current student get a handle on different aspects of the industry and to form professional relationships with a working journalist. Throughout the next 10 months, the students probably will have a lot of questions and want guidance on making the most out of their time in New York and on getting started in their careers.

The program, which began in 1980, is designed to help students with issues ranging from coming up with story or Master’s project ideas, to crafting resumes, to sending freelance query letters, to working in a newsroom. The program also gives alumni a way to keep in touch with the school and to share their experiences with budding journalists.

We know that many members of the current class would appreciate your taking time to be a mentor. In doing so you would be committing yourself to a minimum of one in-person meeting for general guidance (for mentors who live in the New York City area) and regular follow-up contact via email, telephone or meetings. It is up to the student to contact you, and then for the two of you to determine how often you might be in touch.

But remember that the students can get overwhelmed with schoolwork – so we ask you to check up on them from time-to-time. You must be able to commit the necessary time to mentor your student.

You can sign up to be a mentor no matter where you live, as long as you are willing to keep in touch with your student via email and telephone. Ask your fellow J-School classmates and colleagues to join the program.

Please complete the Alumni Mentor Application Form by Sept. 6.

We hope to inform you of your student by mid-October, so please include your email address on the form. We will do our best to match students and alumni with similar interests, but we cannot guarantee a perfect match or a student for every volunteer. If you do not think we made a good match or do not hear from your student, please inform us immediately so we can see whether a more appropriate student is available.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you.

Irena Choi Stern ’01
Assistant Dean, Alumni Relations
jalumni@columbia.edu

Corey Roberts
Alumni and Development Assistant
jalumni@columbia.edu

 

About the Alumni Mentor Program

The mentor program, which began in 1980, is designed to help students with issues ranging from coming up with story or master’s project ideas, to crafting resumes, to sending freelance query letters, to working in a newsroom. Through the mentor program, we give alumni an opportunity to help a current student get a handle on different aspects of the industry and to form professional relationships with a working journalist. The program also gives alumni a way to keep in touch with the school and to share their experiences with budding journalists.

If you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact us at jalumni@columbia.edu. We will be sending an email to all alumni when the registration form is available. Thank you!

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