The Security Studies Alumni Mentorship Program is designed to help current students cultivate a network of professional contacts in the security studies field. Students that sign up for the program are assigned to a participating SSP alumnus whose field of study and career path are similar to that of the student. Ideally, mentorship begins during the student’s first semester and progresses to the point where the mentor can make customized and specific career suggestions, often serving as a reference, writing letters of recommendation and even making personal introductions.
In order to participate in the program, students must first sign a statement of responsibility, and write a brief personal statement which will be used by the program to find an appropriate match. Once students have received their mentor’s contact information, they are expected to initiate contact within a week and to make a good-faith effort to cultivate the relationship. Mentorship can be an extremely rewarding experience that continues well-past graduation, but like any good relationship, it requires an investment of time and energy.
Alumni mentors have generously volunteered their time to help SSP students, so the onus is on the student to make the most of the opportunity. Alumni mentors commit to meeting with their mentee at least once a semester and to respond to SSP-related inquiries. We suggest that the student agree upon a regular meeting schedule early on, the frequency and formality of which will largely depend on your mentor’s schedule and personal style.
HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED?
Students are selected based on the availability of a suitable mentor. It is our goal to match as many student applicants as possible during their first or second semester. If an appropriate mentor is not immediately available, we urge you to take advantage of the many networking opportunities available through CPASS, SSP and the School of Foreign Service while we continue the search. These include meeting with core and adjunct faculty members and fellow students and participating in the many Career Networking events that take place throughout the year.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE ALUMNI MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?
* Prepare an updated résumé. If possible, have your résumé reviewed by a member of SSP or the SFS Graduate Career Development Center staff. Once a match is found, your résumé will be sent to your potential mentor.
* Fill out the Alumni Mentor Application
* Submit your application and current résumé to Brendan Scott at email@example.com.