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The Bucknell University Herd Mentorship Program provides first-year students the opportunity to connect with alumni that will support them during their transition to college. Since its inception, in 2018 over 650 students have been matched with an alumni mentor from one of eight different organizations. 

Participating students are given the resources to lead the engagement with alumni mentors with support from the Center for Experiential Learning. Mentors help first-year students build a professional network, gain confidence in a new community, and explore paths and opportunities. This fosters a strong connection between the current students and Bucknell alumni. Students are matched 1:1 with mentors at the beginning of the Fall semester (September).
Past and current participating employers include:

Joining the Program:
Student mentees: Undergraduate first-year students enrolled in the Freeman College of Management, College of Engineering, and College of Arts & Sciences are eligible to register for this program. 

Interested organizations with 10 plus alums of Bucknell University are encouraged to reach out to the Center for Experiential Learning to learn more about the opportunity. 

Sample Monthly Meeting Topics:
-Extracurricular Activities
-Life as a First-Year Student 
-Being a Bison
-Residence Life
-Professional Attire & Etiquette
-Career path options

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?
From September-May of a student’s first year at Bucknell University. 
Why should I consider participating?
As a student mentee, you will benefit by receiving guidance toward your professional goals through graduation and beyond, building and strengthening your professional networks, and preparing to enter the workforce.

Our mentors establish a closer relationship with Bucknell University. They serve as role models by using their coaching skills and sharing expertise through developmental activities.
Are mentors and mentees required to meet in person?
No. We encourage mentors and student mentees to develop a communication engagement strategy that best fits the relationship. Meetings with your mentor can be held via phone, video calls, or, in some cases, in person. 
What are examples of discussion topics?
A few examples of mentor/mentee discussion topics include specific goals and objectives for the academic year, how to network, and the student’s resume. 
Is this a formal program?
Yes, the mentoring program is managed by the Center for Experiential Learning and there are specific commitments and expectations for program and organization participants.
Is this an internship program?
No, this is not an internship program. Student mentees should not expect that they will receive an internship or job offer through this program.
What is the time commitment involved?
The expectation is that student mentees communicate with their assigned mentor approximately once a month, at least 8 times throughout the length of the program.
How are mentors and student mentees matched?
Mentors and student mentees answer interest and preference questions during the program registration, and those answers are then used to match mentors and students.

Missy Gutkowski, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning
Bucknell University Freeman College of Management
e p 570-577-1305

For more information check out the handbooks for students, mentors, and champions: