University of Toronto

Innis Alumni & Friends

Student Mentee Applicants

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The Innis Alumni Mentorship Program brings together alumni with current students in one to one mentorship pairings. If you are looking for strategies to create a fulfilling student experience, or to discover expectations and possibilities after graduation, this program is an excellent opportunity to gather wisdom from someone who has been in your shoes.

Program Details

Your mentor will be either an Innis, Cinema Studies, Urban Studies, or Writing & Rhetoric alumni or a friend of the College. Mentors in the program work in many different fields including medicine, law, media, education, film production, community development, and more. Mentees are paired with an alum based on their expressed career, academic, and personal goals. Your mentor may not necessarily have your dream job, but there is so much to learn from hearing about the steps they took to develop their careers. With your mentors guidance, you will be empowered to take some steps yourself.

Admission into the program is based on the student applicant’s demonstrated commitment and desire to benefit from the program, their professionalism, and the alignment of their personal, academic, and career aspirations with the experiences of one of our mentors.

To be considered for mentorship, students must:

  1. submit the mentee application by the deadline,
  2. attend a group interview with the Mentorship Committee,
  3. and attend a Mentee Orientation session.

Sometimes we are not able to match you with a suitable mentor. In that case we encourage you to apply in subsequent years and the Office of Student Life would be happy to suggest other resources on campus.

Mentees (candidates successfully admitted into the program and matched with a mentor) are responsible for making the most out of their mentorship experience. As a mentee, it is your responsibility to initiate meetings and follow up appropriately with your mentor. The expectation is that you will meet a minimum of once per month, from October to March, via the preferred method of communication agreed upon with your mentor.

Mentees are also responsible for taking action on their goals. As a participant in the program, you will attend workshops and discussions that will help you develop outside of the classroom. You will also be responsible for completing online surveys, reflections, and feedback, including the Mentee-Mentor Agreement to outline the expectations for your mentorship experience. This mentee opportunity is accredited on your co-curricular record.

Please see the full list of mentorship events and important dates on the Mentorship Resources page. On this page, you will also find resources to support your experience including the Mentorship Handbook which provides further information about the program and offers tips on professionalism and networking. You will also be emailed a monthly newsletter to share program updates.

Innis is here to make sure you have a great experience. At any point you can reach out to Marta Switzer, Mentorship Coordinator, mentorship.innis@utoronto.ca or Sarah Burley-Hollows, Assistant Dean of Student Life, sarah.burley@utoronto.ca.

Apply

This application requests that you upload your resume or CV. You will also be asked to sign-up for an interview time and Mentee Orientation session. Please ensure that you are available for the dates you select. Any questions about the application can be emailed to mentorship.innis@utoronto.ca.