Program Overview

This program aims to help individuals starting their careers figure out their next steps with a fellow alumnx who has already navigated a similar professional path. Mentors work with their mentees to increase their professional networks, gain better strategies on how to move forward in their chosen career track, and foster professional skills and growth.

Mentoring will run from June through December 2020. Mentoring can be conducted over the phone or virtually. Mentors and mentees need not be geographically situated near one another. The program consists of at least one monthly contact and is generally a one-to-two-hour monthly time commitment. Note: Mentees may be mentored in individual or group settings, per the preference of the mentor. The benefit of a group setting includes an expanded network of people in similar fields, in addition to and the increased energy that is typical in a group setting. We advise that if this is your first time as a mentor, that you only take on one mentee. 


Stay tuned!


September 30: Mentor Program Virtual Social, 5:30pm-7:00pm PDT

Join us for the Mentor Program Virtual Social. Mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to chat with other program participants.

  • Welcome by the Office of Alumnx & Family Engagement
  • CalArts Connect DEMO for early access!
  • Mentor and Mentee Group Chats: We will break into mentor and mentee chats for easier discussion among attendees.
  • Closing Remarks

Important Dates

  • April 1-30, Mentor recruitment opens
  • May 1-31, Mentee recruitment opens
  • June 4-12, Mentor and mentee pairs are e-introduced
  • June 23, 6:00-9:30 PM, Orientation
  • December, the program concludes


Tips to be a successful mentor

  • Develop mutual trust and respect
  • Listen actively both to what is being said and how it is being said
  • Ask open, supportive questions and provide constructive feedback
  • Help the mentee solve their own problem, rather than giving direction
  • Focus on the mentee’s development
  • Be responsive; try to reply to the mentee within 2-4 days

April 1-30: Mentor Application

Mentor Application


Tips to be a successful mentee

  • Discuss your needs and expectations with your mentor up front
  • Be receptive to suggestions and feedback
  • Understand this is NOT a job or internship placement program
  • Act professionally throughout the program and respond to your mentor in a timely manner, recognizing they are also professionals volunteering their time

May 1-31: Mentee Application

Mentee Application

Mentors' rosters have a limited number of spots and are first-come, first served. If your desired mentor's roster becomes full, we will contact you to see if you would like to work with an available mentor.