Programs & Services

E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program (EMAP)

Through the E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program (EMAP), OME works closely with the Industrial Advisory Council for Minority Education (IACME) and MIT alumni to promote the direct involvement of industry in the educational development of MIT students. The goal of EMAP is to help students transition from academia to the work environment. IACME mentors work closely with MIT protégés to guide them through the process.

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For more information, please email us: emap-ome@mit.edu

The E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program is a professional development program.  Although we try to match students based on their exact professional interests and major, this is not the purpose of the match.  The mentors are professionals who will help students strategize, develop professionally, and network.  They are in the program to help students develop overall professional skills that will help them in any profession.  This is a virtual mentoring program.  However, we encourage mentors and protégés to communicate in person if and/or when there are oppportunities.

What is the E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program?

The E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program is a volunteer mentoring program for MIT sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It is coordinated by OME EMAP staff. The E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program seeks to enhance the personal and professional growth of MIT students. MIT students and active professionals engage in a relevant, career-oriented relationship via phone, e-mail, and Skype. Mentors assist protégés in their transition from the academic environment to the career-driven world.

When was the E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program started?

EMAP began in September 2013.

What are the benefits of mentoring for students?

Making connections is critical to professional success. A close relationship with an industry partner or an MIT alum is a great way to start building a strong network. A mentor can be a motivator, supporter, coach, connector, door opener, champion, friend, and more.

Studies show that students with mentors:

  • Positively adjust
  • Increase their self-efficacy (perceived confidence in their ability)
  • Fare better on key measures of professional success than those who fail to make mentoring connections

Mentors should strive to:

  • Create an environment for electronic meetings that makes the protégé feel comfortable
  • Help protégés feel at ease in discussing any professional issues or strategies
  • Understand and empathize with circumstances and experiences
  • Be encouraging
  • Make appropriate referrals to resources to facilitate professional development
  • Improve protégé self-efficacy

What are the responsibilities of a mentor and a protégé participating in the E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program?

Mentor                                                        Protégé
  • Complete online application, a background check, and commit to 1 year (June to May)
  • Attend orientation training session led by EMAP  Liaison
  • Attend online mentor training
  • Regularly access email and proactively reach out to protégé at least twice monthly
  • Reply to protégé communications within 2-3 days and no longer than one (1) week of receipt
  • Offer insight for personal development plan such as resume building, internship search, etc.
  • Set up milestones in coordination with protégé and "meet" (through email, Skype, or phone) to chart progress
  • Complete check-in surveys monthly
  • Complete online application and commit to 1 year (June to May)
  • Attend orientation training session led by coordinator
  • Attend online mentor training
  • Regularly access email and respond to mentor within 2-3 days and no longer than one (1) week of receipt
  • Prepare questions and project plan to structure mentoring relationship and review with mentor
  • Prepare personal development plan such as resume building and internship search and review with mentor
  • Set up milestones in coordination with mentor and "meet" (through email, phone, or Skype) to chart progress
  • Complete check-in surveys monthly

 

 

IACME mentors are recruited from the corporations represented by IACME and can include any permanent employee therein. OME EMAP Staff also work closely with BAMIT (Black Alumni of MIT) and LAMIT (Latino/a Alumni/ae of MIT) to recruit mentors. Recruitment efforts are primarily executed during the early spring semester so the program can begin in mid-summer. This portion of the recruitment process is supported by the EMAP Liaisons.

Protégé recruitment is primarily (but not exclusively) focused on underrepresented minority (URM) students at MIT. This portion of the recruitment process is led by the OME EMAP staff. Matches are based on interests listed in the application.

Quotes from EMAP participants:

"In my second year of mentoring [Protégé], it has been a delight to see her continue with her proactive approach in whatever she engages in, her commitment to continuous improvement, and her level-headedness. She surpassed my expecatations of her this year...I have learned more from [Protégé] that she will probably realize. Thank you for the opportunity to mentor her." - EMAP Mentor

"[Mentor] has been the best mentor I have ever had...I think his flexibility and understanding of the MIT experience has allowed him to support me in whatever ways he can which I truly appreciate. He has been able to keep me accountable when I asked him and he has instilled in me a confidence in my abilities I did not have before. I am very grateful that I got to meet [Mentor] through EMAP and I think we might continue this mentorship even after I graduate." - EMAP Protégé

 

Above: MAP and EMAP AY2016-2017 award winners with OME staff.