Program Introduction

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The Department of Political Science Mentorship program has been developed to enhance the student experience for Political Science undergraduate students in their 3rd and 4th years.  Students must be enrolled in a POL Major or Specialist program, and have a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Through matching upper-year students with alumni, the program provides students with valuable career advice at a critical point in their education.  It also provides mentors with an opportunity to connect with current students and contribute to their alma mater in a meaningful way.

The program requires student participants to complete an application process that includes submitting an application form, their resume and completing an interview.  If matched, the student is expected to participate in two receptions, complete two brief program evaluations and meet with their mentor at least three times during the academic year (in person, by phone or e-mail).

Criteria

Applicants must:

1) Be enrolled in the Department of Political Science Major or Specialist program
2) Have completed 9.5+ FCE’s
3) Have a minimum CGPA of 3.0

Student mentees will be selected by the mentorship committee based on the best fit between mentor and student applicants. Please ensure that your completed application form is submitted before the deadline to guarantee the best possible chance that you will be selected. Please ensure your application is completed accurately as incomplete submissions will be disqualified.

We ask that participating Mentees commit to:

  1. Read the roles and responsibilities of a participating student
  2. Maintain a relationship with their mentor from October to March
  3. Conduct themselves in a professional manner
  4. Do “homework” about their mentors
  5. Attend the “Meet your Mentor” opening reception on Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:00pm – 2:00pm (location to be announced)
  6. Attend the closing reception during the last week of March 2014 (date and time to be announced) in Sidney Smith Hall, Room 3130
  7. Meetings/contact (either in person, by e-mail or by phone, as agreed upon with their mentors) with their mentors a minimum of three times during the academic year (October until March)
  8. Maintain a mutually convenient contact schedule with their mentors
  9. Be present and on time for all agreed upon meetings and events
  10. Advise their mentors 24 hours in advance if they are unable to attend scheduled meetings
  11. Respond to e-mails/phone calls promptly
  12. NOT solicit their mentors for employment
  13. Observe confidentiality and personal/professional boundaries
  14. Be receptive to feedback and suggestions from their mentors and follow-up on tasks they assign
  15. Explore their own strengths and weaknesses and set relevant goals
  16. Take advantage of opportunities for networking and building professional relationships
  17. Complete and submit program evaluations by due dates
  18. Write a thank you letter to their mentors at the end of the program
  19. Have as much fun as possible! 

Contact Information:

Please contact Julia Chou, Department of Political Science with any questions or concerns.  She can be reached by telephone at (416) 978-6567, and by e-mail at polsci.alum@utoronto.ca.

It is your responsibility to prepare in advance for each contact with your mentor. This is to ensure that communication is both productive and informative, as well as a beneficial use of time for both you and your mentor.

Application

The mentee application form is available for download here:  MS Word PDF

Please submit completed form by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 27, 2013:

  1. By email to polsci.alum@utoronto.caor
  2. In person to the Dept. of Political Science, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room 3032, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (Attention: Alumni Mentorship Program)