Programs & Services
E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program (EMAP)
The E-Mentor Advocate Partnership Program is a professional development program. Although we try to match students based on thier 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 students. It is coordinated by the IACME representatives at each company along with the 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?
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 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?
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 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.