Mentorship Program

The mentorship program pairs undergraduate students with fellow students, alumni or corporate partners who give them guidance and support. Students who participate also meet regularly with their department chair to help build their relationships.

  • Freshmen, sophomores and new transfer students are mentored by fellow students.
  • Juniors and seniors who act as mentors to fellow students can also receive mentoring from an alumni or corporate partner.

For more information about participating in the mentorship program, either to receive mentoring or to be a mentor, contact Gary Smith at gsmith8@niu.edu or 815-753-1690

Peer Mentoring for Freshmen and Sophomores

If you're a freshman, sophomore or new transfer student, you can sign up at any time to be paired with a junior, senior or graduate student. Peer mentors are in good academic standing and are highly active in their programs.

You'll connect with your mentor at social gatherings, work with them on research and much more. You can also reach out to them for guidance on topics like homework, internships and life at NIU.

Peer mentors are expected to:

  • Attend a training workshop at the beginning of the semester.
  • Meet with mentees throughout the semester.
  • Guide mentees through their NIU experience.

Alumni/Corporate Mentoring for Juniors and Seniors

If you're a junior or senior in good academic standing who mentors a lower-division student, you're eligible to be mentored by an alumni or corporate partner.

By receiving guidance and advice from successful professionals, you'll be well-prepared for a successful career of your own.

Alumni/corporate mentors are expected to:

  • Meet with mentees face-to-face at least once a semester.
  • Assist mentees with obtaining internships.
  • Connect with mentees each month over email or the phone.
  • Guide mentees toward personal growth and career readiness.