Programs & Services

MAP E-Mentoring Initiative

Through the MAP E-Mentoring Initiative, OME works closely with the Industrial Advisory Council for Minority Education (IACME) to promote the direct involvement of industry in the educational development of MIT students. The goal of the MAP E-Mentoring Initiative 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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In order to complete your application, you must fill out the participation agreement form and send it to ameacham@mit.edu

To download the participation agreement form, please click here .

Applications submitted without this form will not be considered complete!

 

Application for Proteges click here .

Application for Mentors click here .

In order to be a mentor, your company must have a MAP E-Mentoring Liaison. Please speak with your liaison before applying.

 

Reapply

Reapplication for Proteges click here .

Reapplication for Mentors click here .

 

What is the MAP E-Mentoring Initiative?

The MAP E-Mentoring Initiative is a volunteer mentoring program for MIT students. It is coordinated by the IACME representatives at each company along with the OME Program Coordinator. The MAP E-Mentoring Initiative 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 MAP E-Mentoring Initiative started?

The MAP E-Mentoring Initiative 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 is a great way to start building a strong network. A mentor ca 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 MAP E-Mentoring Initiative?

 

IACME Mentor                                                        Protégé
  • Commit to 1 year (September to May)
  • Attend orientation training session led by MAP E-Mentoring Liaison
  • Complete application
  • 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
  • Commit to 1 year (September to May)
  • Complete application
  • 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. Recruitment efforts are primarily executed during the early spring semester so the program can begin in early fall. This portion of the recruitment process is led by the MAP E-Mentoring 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 Program Coordinator. Matches are based on interests listed in the application.