The Kania Mentoring Program is a unique program which pairs a Junior Kania student with a distinguished alumnus or friend of the University. These mentors offer students advice and counsel regarding their career and professional development. Experience has shown that mentoring is a significant help in securing internships and full-time employment.
The program's main goals are to provide a professional contact, increase the student's exposure to the professional world, provide opportunities to discuss leadership styles and skills, and provide opportunities for career planning and networking.
The beginning stages of choosing a career path are crucial; therefore being able to speak with and learn from an experienced individual within one's field has proven extremely beneficial to our students. Recent mentors include a managing director in investment banking, a managing director in sales and trading, CEO's, COO's, and CFO's of major financial services firms, a human resources executive, a marketing principal, and a "Big 4" public accounting partner. Some of the companies from which we draw our mentors include: Deloitte Touche, Dun & Bradstreet, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, AXA Equitable, ARAMARK, Bank of America, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sanofi Pasteur, SRA International, The Vanguard Group, UBS Investment Bank, Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Merrill Lynch, Madison Square Garden, Metropolitan Life, Morgan Stanley, and PNC Bank.
Expectations of each student protégé:
- Attend a Mentorship Information Session.
- Complete the protege application form and submit a current resume to the Kania Center for Professional Development.
- Within one week after learning of your mentor match, email your mentor and attach your resume.
- Initiate regular contact with you mentor via telephone, email, and/or meetings
- Submit periodic reports of your mentoring activities.
- Act in a professional manner at all times.
- Return phone calls and emails in a timely fashion.
- Complete the program evaluations when requested.
- Contact the Kania Center for Professional Development if circumstances require you to stop participation in the program or if your mentor is not fulfilling his/her responsibilities.