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Mentor Program

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Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs alumni and partners are engaged in a wide range of public and private profit and non-profit careers. They have gained valuable insights from years of experience as practitioners in state and local government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. To help students better understand the relevant public policy and associated political realities of working in these different contexts, the Voinovich School seeks mentors from its alumni and partners every year.

Our mentorship program aims to increase the purposeful practitioner interactions for students in a variety of ways. The objectives of the mentor program will include:

  • Building strong networks for students with alumni and their extended contacts;
  • Providing practical advice for successfully working in a variety of public and private work settings;
  • Advising students on skill sets, experiences, and areas of expertise that are valued within a variety of public and private work settings;
  • Connecting Voinovich School students with internship and work opportunities;
  • Offering opportunities for two-way learning between mentors and students that contributes to active support for the multiple missions of the Voinovich School.

Practitioner mentors interested in participating should have existing connections to Ohio University and agree to interact with students on at least four occasions or a minimum of four hours throughout each semester by telephone and/or in person. We ask for a minimum of a two-semester commitment. The primary goal of these individualized interactions is to have an agenda-driven discussion that helps students better understand the practical realities – including the professional skills and abilities that matter most – of their mentors’ professional lives.

For further information, please consult the Mentorship Toolkit for Mentors.

If you are interested in participating and engaging in this meaningful way, please complete this form in order to be considered. A member of the Voinovich School will reach out to you if you are chosen to participate for the upcoming semester.

Students: sign up to connect with a mentor here.  Further information for students is included in our Mentorship Toolkit for Students packet.

For additional information, please contact Amista Lipot, lipot@ohio.edu, 740.597.1558.