Engineering Alumni-Student Career Mentoring Program

Engineering Alumni-Student Career Mentoring Program

The Engineering Alumni-Student Career Mentoring Program matches students and alumni in yearlong one-to-one mentoring pairs. The goal of the Program is to provide students with additional support in identifying and pursuing their career goals through professional networking with experienced Cooper Union alumni. We believe that engineering students have much to gain from the professional expertise and life experiences of engineering alumni and we encourage you to participate in this worthwhile program!

Student Testimonials:

"My mentor was really helpful and engaged with the program. He was always enthusiastic about our meetings and introduced me to many people in industry. Overall, I am really glad that I was able to have the opportunity to meet and learn from my mentor."

"My mentor pushed me to explore and expand my boundaries, both professionally and personally. I've come out more confident, eager to learn, and ready to tackle new opportunities. Listening to my mentor’s experiences helped me understand how I should handle myself professionally. He was very helpful with any sorts of questions I had about industry."

"It was a wonderful opportunity that I got to know my mentor and he helped me make some life changing decisions."

Before you apply to be a mentor, please read the program overview and FAQs.
To apply to be an alumni mentor, please submit your application here by September 10, 2021.

If you are a current Engineering student and you would like to apply to be a mentee, please review the information here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jolie Woodson, Director, Center for Career Development at

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