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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Humphrey Alumni Mentor Programs

Since 1987, the Humphrey School Alumni Society has sponsored a mentoring program that has connected hundreds of Humphrey students with alumni who share similar professional interests to help the students develop substantive knowledge in their chosen field, as well as refining strategies for finding meaningful work

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The Humphrey School Mentor Program

Meet Anne and Sara
Meet Josie and Chandra
Meet John and Nick

Watch the Global Mentor Alumni panel discussion that occurred on February 28, 2014.

Global Mentor panelists from left to right are:

Paul Walters
International Development Project Coordinator
Health Partners

Erica Duin McDougall
Program Specialist
Land O' Lakes International Development

Madeline Williams
Program Officer

Moderator -
Julie Warner
Master of Public Affairs, 2009

Mentor Program Overview

Mentor Programs: Domestic & Global

The mentor programs connect alumni and other professionals (friends of the Humphrey School) with students who share the same areas of professional interest. By virtue of their rich experience and expertise in the field, mentors provide insight into career paths and advice about developing professional networks. Mentors report that they, too, receive something back from their protégés, whether it be a renewed inspiration to make a difference, tips about successfully using social media, an update about special University events, or just plain gratitude for the mentor’s help.

Domestic Mentor Program (DMP)

The domestic mentor program serves students in all Humphrey degree programs who are interested in domestic policy or planning issues by matching them with local mentors in Minnesota. If you are interested in being a domestic mentor, visit the mentor program enrollment page for application instructions and forms.

Global Mentor Program (GMP)

The global mentor program connects mentors doing international work with second year Humphrey students who hope to develop international careers themselves. Global mentors can be working anywhere in the world. They will largely connect with their protégés via email, Skype and other distance technologies.

If you are interested in being a global mentor, go to the GMP enrollment page for application instructions and forms.

Program Timeline and Information

The domestic mentor program begins with an orientation program for students and mentors early fall semester, followed by kick-off events (where mentors and students meet). The global mentor program also begins in fall semester with information sent electronically to all mentors and students. Both programs run through the academic year, ending in May.

Mentor Program Staff

Courtney Barrette, Alumni Relations Officer
Lynne Schuman, Director of Career Services
Jane Vega, Employer Relations Coordinator