ADVANCE Mentorship

The Burroughs Foundation ADVANCE Mentorship is designed to prepare students to turn their college degree into a successful and fulfilling career. Students will receive executive coaching from experienced industry professionals during their graduating year to help refine their career interests and goals, improve their resume and interview skills, establish a professional network, and develop valuable personal skills to thrive in the workforce and in life. Upon completion of the program, ADVANCE scholars will have an opportunity to earn a need-based stipend to help with expenses to transition into a career.

  • Open to senior students in the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business & Entrepreneurship
  • 10-15 scholars in year 1 (based on available mentors); 15+ in year 2 and beyond
  • Online application with questions about career interests, goals, hobbies, etc. for mentor matching
  • Mentors matched with students based on relatable experience, skills, interests, etc.
  • Orientation sessions for students & mentors; joint induction ceremony for mentor matching
  • 5 scheduled interactions (recommended monthly); virtual and/or in-person
  • Culminating essay/project to earn the need-based stipend
  • Online Student & Mentor Applications – November/December
  • Orientations & Mentor Matching – January
  • 5 Mentor Interactions – January – May
  • End-of-Year Reception – May
  • Be a friend, supporter, and advisor.
  • Share perspective and advice about making smart choices in school, preparing for the job search, developing social skills, and how to get ahead in a career.
  • Be a sounding board and provide practical feedback.
  • Communicate knowledge, share useful resources, and help clarify professional goals.
  • Offer a first-hand look at the work field by providing job shadowing experiences (may be virtual).
  • Offer insights on useful skills for work and life, such as time-management, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • Look for opportunities to expose mentees to new social and cultural experiences to help them become more well-rounded.

NOTE: Activities may be virtual and/or in-person; Activities should be personalized based on student goals & interests

  • Strengths & Career Interest Exploration
  • Discuss Industry/Employment Trends & Resources
  • Support with Resume & Interview Skills
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Internship Guidance
  • Mentor Shadowing (Company Tour, Attend Meetings, Project Assistance, etc.)
  • Career-Focused Professional Development Opportunities
  • Personal Skills (Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, Work-Life Balance, etc.)
  • Ongoing Meetings (In-Person or Virtual) to Discuss Concerns & Opportunities
  • Enrolled in the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business & Entrepreneurship
  • In good standing with a 2.5 GPA & 90 credits
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from an employer, faculty member, internship director, former mentor, etc.
  • Be honest, responsive & accessible to help facilitate a personalized, supportive experience
  • Complete the minimum number of interactions & take appropriate steps to reschedule and/or communicate any challenges with participating
  • Take advantage of college resources as advised by the mentor (ex. Career Pathways)
  • Required objectives: 1. Self-marketing strategy (resume/LinkedIn, cover letter, work portfolio & interview plan); 2. Interactions with 2+ desired employers; 3. 5-year plan with career goals
  • Complete a culminating project conveying how the mentorship will advance career & life goals