CSE Mentor Program

Helping students build their professional network and career skills

Each fall, more than 200 CSE students are matched with industry professionals who provide valuable career information, insights, and strategies. The CSE Mentor Program, which begins in October and ends in April every school year, is one of the largest of its kind at the University of Minnesota. The Actuarial Mentoring Program is also part of the CSE Mentor Program. Students learn to build their professional network, refine communication skills, connect academics and career, explore new areas of interest, and transition to the workplace.

For CSE students

Registration for the 2019-20 CSE Mentor Program has closed.

If you are still interested in participating, please contact Andrea Hanson at alhanson@umn.edu or 612-624-6694.

Student responsibilities

As a student in the mentor program, your role is to set the groundwork for a lasting professional network as you gain access to an insider’s perspective on navigating your career path. This program will match you with an industry professional in your area of interest.

  • You will take the lead in the relationship by identifying your goals for the program and by being in contact with your mentor via face-to-face, telephone, or email communications at least two times per month.

  • Your mentor may provide you with career advice, guidance, and networking opportunities, however, they are not expected to provide students with jobs or internships.

For more information on the CSE Mentor Program, students can access the CSE Mentor Program materials and information web page. More information on will be posted on this page in September.

For alumni and friends

Registration for the 2019-20 CSE Mentor Program has closed.

If you are still interested in participating, please contact Andrea Hanson at alhanson@umn.edu or 612-624-6694.

Mentor responsibilities

As a mentor, your role is to help your student transition from college life to the workplace. Mentors do not need to live in the Twin Cities area to participate. Mentor responsibilities include:

  • At least two contacts per month with your student, via face-to-face, telephone, or email.
  • Attend an orientation in the fall, and closing reception in the spring, if you live in the Twin Cities area.
  • Determine how your expertise can help your student in meeting his or her career goals.
  • Make time available for your student.

For more information and mentor materials, mentors can visit the CSE Mentor Program materials and information web page

Help us spread the word!

Help us spread the word by sharing information about the program with your friends and colleagues. All scientists, engineers, and practicing actuaries are welcome, and the program is open to U of M alumni and non-alumni. To help publicize at your workplace, download a CSE Mentor Program informational poster (PDF).

For corporate partners

Your role is to help support the CSE Mentor Program.

  • Promote the program to your employees
  • Organize networking groups for those employees who are in the program
  • Provide tours and/or events for mentors and their students.

For information about CSE's other mentoring programs, visit the mentor programs web page.

If you have questions about the CSE Mentor Program, please contact Andrea Hanson, Assistant Director of Events & Alumni Relations, at alhanson@umn.edu or 612-624-6694.