Mentoring is at the heart of an SOC education. Our faculty and alumni dig deep into their professional experience to meet the individual needs of students.
— Former Dean Larry Kirkman
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.
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 2012-2013 program is Friday, September 7, 2012 at 5:00PM. To apply, please print the application on the right side of this page and submit with accompanying documents to MGC 300 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications require the following:
- Complete Application
- Personal Statement
Please send questions to Jill Heitzmann, Assistant Director for Recruitment & Retention at email@example.com
What the mentors are saying
“The Mentoring Program reminds me that something that may be second nature to me now is a revelation to someone just starting out. [Being a mentor is] a grounding experience that brings you back to AU in the best possible way: through the eyes of a student.”
— Carey Earle, Mentor, four years, Chief Idea Farmer, Green Apple Marketing, Inc.
What the mentees are saying
“The SOC Alumni Mentoring Program was an incredibly rewarding experience for me. I still keep in touch with my mentor, Carey Earle, and she was definitely instrumental in helping me to make the right decision in choosing my current job.”
— Erin Bijas, BA, ’05 Senior Account Executive, MWW Group
If you are an SOC alumnus interested in acting as a mentor to current undergraduate and graduate SOC students, please contact Nada Maalouf, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.