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We're glad you're thinking about applying.

Our spring 2015 session is still accepting applicants. If you are interested in joining us, please complete the application form.

And remember, you don't have to wait for us to start putting your career in motion. Get a head start by making use of the resources available at the Career and Professional Development Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does one-on-one mentoring mean?

    A mentor is a more experienced person who has volunteered to build a trusting relationship with a less experienced person for the purpose of providing guidance and support toward collaboratively established goals.

    Through the Professional Development Institute, mentoring is an interactive process between a mentor and a student which is centrally focused on the career and professional development of students. Through discovery and strategic action, effective one-on-one mentoring provides both the student and the mentor with overall personal growth and opportunities for career and professional development.

  • Who can request a mentor?

    Any actively enrolled UB student may request a mentor.

  • Why should I request a mentor

    Students should request a mentor to discover ways to:

    • interact with an objective source of encouragement, support and challenge
    • boost self-confidence and self-awareness
    • identify meaningful, achievable goals
    • develop a plan to achieve your academic and career development goals
    • balance work, school and life
    • think from a different perspective
    • build a social and career network.
  • When can I request a PDI mentor?

    We have open application periods just before and at the start of fall and spring semesters

  • How are mentors assigned to a student?

    The match will be based on the best fit between:

    • the student's personal development
    • the mentor’s educational background and professional expertise
    • personality strengths
    • time availability (schedules).
  • What's the time commitment?

    A minimum of one hour of contact time per mentee per month during the semester is required for fostering a successful, productive partnership. More time may be necessary depending on a student's particular goals. Mentoring relationships are generally expected to last at least six months or until a student graduates.

  • How do mentors and students communicate?

    Mentors and students may vary communication modes for mentoring sessions. A combination of face-to-face, phone, and email communication can produce meaningful results.

Still have questions? Contact Lisa Punter in the Career and Professional Development Center at