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SOC Alumni Mentor Program

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“The SOC Alumni Mentor Program connects students with successful alumni who are able to expose students to the realities, challenges, and rewards of working in the field of communication. I have seen this program build student confidence and their self-esteem in a way that inspires their academic work and professional ambitions.”
Jeff Rutenbeck, Dean, School of Communication

SOC's Network of Success

SOC’s unique mentoring program bridges the gap between the classroom and the professional world as students prepare for future careers in communication. Each year SOC students who are admitted to the program are paired with top SOC alumni for career advice through a partnership between the School of Communication, AU Career Center, and SOC Development Team. Whether it is helping mentees meet short and long term career goals, sharing tips to improve resumes and portfolios or helping students network their way into the communication field, professional mentors are an invaluable source of knowledge and experience for students.

Student Application Process

To qualify for this very selective program, applicants must be a senior or graduate student in the School of Communication with a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply. First year graduate students may apply but must meet GPA requirement by January to participate. 

The deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 program is Friday, September 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM. Eligible students will be invited to apply via an email sent at the end of August 2014. Students may apply by submitting an application via the link on the right side of this page.

Applications require the following:

  • Complete Application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement

Please send questions to Jill Heitzmann, Assistant Director for Recruitment & Retention at jill@american.edu

What the mentors are saying

"I've been involved with the SOC Alumni Mentor Program for 8 years. It's a fantastic resource for SOC students and I personally get a lot out of the conversations I have with my mentees. I try to help them with things not covered in the classroom that, in hindsight, I wish I would have known when I was a student. But it's a two way street. I learn a thing or two from my mentees as well. I keep in touch with many of them and just sent a bottle of champagne to a former mentee who absolutely made my day with a big achievement. I'm looking forward to a lot more occasions to celebrate as my mentees build their careers."
— James Middleton, BA ’84, Producer, Liberate Inc

What the mentees are saying

"The SOC Alumni Mentor Program paired me with Jeannette Swain, who works for National Geographic Traveler. It's always been my dream to work for National Geographic, and Jeannette was able to give me great career advice specific to magazines, books and National Geographic. Her advice helped me get a job with National Geographic Kids, and now we're right down the hallway from each other!"
— Angela Modany, BA, ’13 Executive Assistant, National Geographic Kids

Interested Alumni

If you are an SOC alumnus interested in serving as a mentor to current undergraduate and graduate SOC students, please contact Nada Maalouf, Director of Development at maalouf@american.edu.

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Student Application

Eligible students may apply for the 2014-2015 SOC Alumni Mentor Program using the application form at the link below. 

Deadline: September 12, 2014

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