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Alumni Mentoring Program

The Dornsife Alumni Mentoring Program connects current students with alumni and provides an opportunity for mentorship and growth.

All alumni and current students are eligible to participate in the program, regardless of residency location.

Enroll in the Alumni Mentoring Program and make an impact today!

The Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP) is managed by the Office of Student Affairs with support from the Public Health Alumni Network (PHAN). Beginning in the fall of 2020, AMP is accessible via the Public Health Community on Dragon Network, Drexel University’s online professional community for alumni and students. This one-stop shop facilitates career-focused conversations, provides meaningful opportunities to give back, and unites Dragons from around the world—one connection at a time.

Join the Public Health Community group on Dragon Network to participate in the DSPH Alumni Mentoring Program.

Alumni Mentoring Program Details

The Alumni Mentoring Program utilizes online networking and flash mentoring to empower students and alumni to connect with each other for mentoring, networking and career support within the public health community. Alumni are encouraged to enroll and:

  • Build your Drexel and Dornsife network and reconnect with former classmates
  • Gain personal satisfaction through supporting the personal and professional growth of others
  • Refine coaching and leadership skills
  • Explore job opportunities and learn about new technology and trends
  • Browse helpful resources and upcoming programs

Note: You do not need to complete a separate application to participate in the Alumni Mentoring Program.

To learn more about expectations, requirements, and details. check out the frequently asked questions below.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Michelle Quigley, Associate Director of Student and Alumni Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Alumni Mentoring Program?

The Dornsife School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Public Health Alumni Network (PHAN), offers the Alumni Mentoring Program to all Dornsife students.

The purpose of program is to connect current students with alumni and provide an opportunity for mentorship and professional growth. AMP utilizes the Dragon Network as an online networking and flash mentorship tool for DSPH students and alumni to seek out advice and perspective on career conversations from fellow alumni, faculty, and staff.

Who is eligible to participate in AMP?

AMP is open to all Dornsife School of Public Health students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

How do I register for AMP?

Register for AMP by following these simple steps:

  1. Visit dragonnetwork.drexel.edu and click “JOIN OUR COMMUNITY"
  2. Complete your profile
  3. Join the Public Health Community group
  4. Start mentoring, responding to posed career questions, messaging other members and more!

How often should I meet with students or alumni?

We recommend that you connect at least once a month. Your participation will help students grow their professional network, advance their skills and gain insight into the public health industry. To communicate this to other members, you can click your profile image in the upper right corner, select “My Preferences,” then choose the number of meetings you’re willing to have each month under “Availability.”

How does Flash Mentoring work?

Flash mentoring refers to a one-time career conversation with a student or fellow alumnus/a who is seeking professional advice: either about a job, company, or the public health industry. Instead of a relationship that lasts months, flash mentoring is centered around tactical one-time meetings that provide knowledge or skills when mentees need them. With flash mentoring, mentees can learn from a variety of mentors with expertise in varying subjects. Participants are welcome to develop long-term mentoring relationships if desired, so be sure to communicate whether or not you may be interested in that possibility.

Once you register for Dragon Network and complete your profile, navigate to the Groups tab and join the Public Health Community. Within this group, you can message other students and alumni to post discussion questions, schedule meetings, or connect with other members!

What are the program benefits for alumni?

Alumni may join AMP and seek to mentor a student, or seek mentorship from fellow alumni. As a participant, alumni will:

  • Build your Drexel and Dornsife network and reconnect with former classmates
  • Gain personal satisfaction through supporting the personal and professional growth of others
  • Refine coaching and leadership skills
  • Explore job opportunities and learn about new technology and trends
  • Browse helpful resources and upcoming programs

What are the program benefits for students?

Current students may join AMP to seek mentorship from an alumni who is registered with Dragon Network and is open to providing mentoring to a student. As a participant, students will:

  • Network with a variety of mentors for singular conversations
  • Connect with others who share your interests and/or career goals
  • Get career-related answers from discussion forums
  • Learn about (and attend!) professional events and workshops
  • Find resources to help with your career process

What makes a successful mentor?

As a Dornsife Alumni Mentor, you are a guide, friend and resource who shares your Dornsife education and professional experience to pave the way for current students to succeed at Dornsife and beyond. Share your experiences and career journey with your mentees. Help your mentees define their own goals and support them as they work toward those goals. Be a resource to your mentees as they develop their career interests and face new challenges.

AMP was built with your busy schedule in mind. The program allows alumni and students control their availability and level of participation with the ability to participate as a “flash” mentor. Flash mentoring refers to a one-time opportunity to connect with a student or fellow alumnus/a, though of course we hope that you stay connected long after that. As a Dornsife Mentor, you’ll help your mentee set goals, support their personal or professional development, model professional behavior, and challenge them to go beyond their comfort zone in some way in order to achieve personal growth.

You are NOT expected to offer jobs or internships to your mentee, or to have all the answers!

What makes a successful mentee?

Utilize AMP to connect with students and alumni who will provide one-time career or academic advice. When approach a new connection, it is best to keep an open mind, be professional, and be respectful. Be sure to develop questions for your mentor ahead of time, even if they are very general, and be receptive to suggestions and feedback. Need help starting the conversation? Please contact Michelle Quigley.

Please DO NOT ask your mentor for a job or internship. AMP is about building your professional network, developing your professional and communication skills, exploring areas of interest, gaining exposure to career options, and connecting your academics and career. It is not a direct resource for finding a job or internship, though it can often help with this down the road.

What is expected of me as a participant in AMP?

We encourage students and alumni to participate in flash mentoring by engaging in one-time career conversations with another student or fellow alumnus/a who is seeking professional advice - either about a job, company, or the public health industry. Participants should:

  • Be willing to connect with other mentors and mentees via the Public Health Community group
  • Share your passion and personal knowledge, experiences, and lessons to help mentee achieve their career goals
  • Be a sounding board for issues relating to the mentee’s professional growth

Can alumni also be mentees?

Of course! Maybe you want to make a career transition or re-enter the workforce. Maybe there’s a company you are interested in working for and want the insider perspective. You are welcome to take advantage of AMP by reaching out to other alumni.

Browse profiles within the Public Health Community group to find a fellow Dragon with whom you’d like to connect for advice, perspective, or insight. Once you find someone, select "Let's Connect" on the profile. From there, you can ask your questions or set up a flash conversation.

As an employer how do I post a job?

Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center manages a comprehensive recruiting program for graduating seniors and alumni through the well-known online recruiting system, Handshake. Handshake is an easily accessible job board for graduating students, as well as all current students and alumni, to review and apply for job postings from employers like you. Handshake can be utilized throughout the year to post career opportunities. In addition, employers may register for upcoming career fairs and information sessions, view upcoming dates and deadlines, and view student applications for posted positions. Important announcements are also provided within the Handshake system.

If you need assistance with posting jobs on Handshake, please contact Helena Reid, Career Services Coordinator.