Expectations for Students

Participants of Business Connections must attend a Zoom orientation session in the fall semester (typically held the beginning of November).  Sessions will cover program logistics, general professional standards and assist students in setting goals and objectives for the mentoring relationship.

Students are responsible for initiating contact with their mentors.  The first connection with your mentor will likely take place in the November/December timeframe. The majority of your interactions will take place in the spring semester. 

Students/mentees are expected to take a leadership role in the process. Following the mentee and mentor orientation sessions, both parties are notified and provided with contact information. The student should then take the lead by contacting their mentor for meeting arrangements and discussing ideas for goals & objectives for each meeting.

A minimum of five meetings is expected. Examples include meeting at a local coffee shop or at the mentor's office, job shadowing, resume reviews, mock interviews, office tours, virtual meetings, observing professional meetings at your mentor's workplace or other professional interactions agreed upon with your mentor.

Mentors and mentees in Business Connections will attend a closing banquet in the spring to reflect upon their experiences, network with other participants and enjoy a meal.

Contact the program director if you have any questions or concerns regarding your mentoring relationship or the program overall:

Kari Klettke,  Career Coach & Director of Business Connections, NDSU College of Business                ndsu.businessmentor@ndsu.edu or (701) 231-3121 (direct phone)