Programs & Services
MAP E-Mentoring Initiative
The MAP E-Mentoring Initiative is a professional development program. Although we try to match you based on your exact professional interests and major, this is not the purpose of the match. The mentors are professionals who will help you strategize, develop professionally, and network. They are in the program to help you develop overall professional skills that will help you in any profession.
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 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.