Information for Students

 

Students in the TeamUP mentoring program have the opportunity to work with business professionals one-on-one, and students in Group Mentoring Programs engage with mentors in impactful small group sessions. Participants receive insight and guidance on professional development, career pathways, and business interests. Joining mentoring programs will give you access to a mentoring relationship that will strengthen and build your network while helping you gain the skills and confidence necessary to excel in business. 

TeamUP Program Structure: 

  • Duration of program: 4-5 months (One Semester) 
  • Approximate Time Commitment: 5-6 hours total
  • Required activities/steps include: 
    • Complete your TeamUP online profile
    • Attend TeamUP Orientation
    • Schedule and attend at least 3 meetings with your mentor
    • Maintain regular contact with your mentor throughout the semester
    • Complete the online program evaluation
    • Undergraduate Program: Schedule and attend at least 3 meetings with your mentor (in person or virtual)
    • MBA Program: Schedule and attend at least 4 conversations with your mentor (in person or virtual)

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate Program:
    • Be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Undergraduate Student
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (New Brunswick) or 2.85 (Newark)
  • MBA Program:
    • Be a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th semester MBA student
 

Group Mentoring Program Structure: 

  • Mentoring Group Size: 10-15 students
  • Duration of program: 4-5 months (One Semester) 
  • Approximate Time Commitment: 6 hours total (~1 hour per month)
  • Required activities/steps include: 
    • Attend a 1 hour Orientation
    • Attend 4, hour long small-group mentoring sessions throughout the semester (about 1 a month)
    • Complete pre- and post program surveys

Eligibility:

  • GearUP
    • Be a first year student at RBS (transfer students are not eligible)
  • RBS Works
    • Be a full or part-time working student enrolled at RBS (20+ hours a week in an off campus job)
  • RBS GROWS
    • Be a women undergraduate student at RBS
    • Be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
    • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above
 
Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I join TeamUP?
  • We recommend that students join the TeamUP program when they feel comfortable in their major and career aspirations. Students do not need to know the exact area or position they want to work in, but they should know what major they are pursuing and general goals.
How many times can I participate ?
  • Students can participate one semester. Students with multiple majors in RBS can participate in the TeamUP program once per major. It is important that students choose the right time to join the program given they can only participate once.
How do I sign up?
  • For TeamUP: Students cannot apply to join the TeamUP program; they have to be invited. Students can join TeamUP by utilizing the personalized link sent to them during recruitment. If you meet the eligibility requirements, but did not receive an invitation to the program, please reach out to the program administrators.
  • For Group Mentoring: Students will be invited to apply for the program(s) prior to the semester start. Recruitment generally takes place 1-2 months prior to the start of the program. Students will receive email communications when applications open. Applying does not guarantee students a spot; administrators will review applications and make decisions on who to accept/decline.
Can transfer students join TeamUP?
  • Yes. Transfer students who do not yet have a Rutgers GPA should email a copy of their transcripts to mentoring@business.rutgers.edu with a request to join the program. Please note that these requests will only be accepted before the start of the program semester.
Do I get to choose my mentor?
  • For TeamUP: Yes. The Chronus platform populates the best potential matches for students based on an algorithm that analyzes the profile responses of both students and mentors. During Mentor Matching Week, students send requests to mentors they are interested in working with. While students are able to request mentors, mentors are also allowed to accept or decline an invitation, so we encourage students to send 2-3 simultaneous requests.
  • For Group Mentoring: No, mentors are selected based on background and area of expertise. Students will have the opportunity to interact with 4 different mentors over the course of the semester.
How do I get matched with a mentor?
  • For TeamUP: The Chronus platform populates the best potential matches for students based on an algorithm that analyzes the profile responses of both students and mentors. During Mentor Matching Week, students send requests to mentors they are interested in working with. While students are able to request mentors, mentors are also allowed to accept or decline an invitation, so we encourage students to send 2-3 simultaneous requests.
  • For Group Mentoring: Mentors are selected for each group and session by administrators based on their expertise and background.
Where do the mentoring meetings take place?
  • For TeamUP: Each mentoring pair determines their own meeting place. Mentors and mentees decide where to meet based on what is most convenient and effective for them. Some potential meeting places include a local coffee shop or café, Rutgers campus, the mentor’s office, etc. While we recommend trying to meet in person as often as possible, pairs can fulfill the meeting requirements virtually.
  • For Group Mentoring: Some groups meet in person, while others meet virtually. Those that meet in person, conduct the session in the RBS building.
What can I do if the mentoring relationship is not going well?
  • While we hope that every mentoring pair works well and is fruitful, we understand that sometimes this is not the case. If there is an issue in your mentoring relationship, (mentor isn’t responsive, mentor cannot offer the guidance you are looking for, etc.) please reach out to the program administrators with your concern. We approach each situation on a case by case basis and work with you to determine the best solution.
How long or how many times can a mentor or mentee stay connected?
  • While each mentoring relationship only lasts one semester in a formal capacity, mentors and mentees are welcome to continue their mentoring relationship outside of the  program for as long as they would like. Make sure to have this discussion with your mentor if this is something of interest.
I’m not sure how to utilize a mentoring relationship. Will I receive guidance on this?
  • Yes. Orientation offers an overview of the program including advice on the mentoring relationships such as: what to discuss, goal setting, and mentoring etiquette.
Will this program help me get an internship and/or job?
  • Our programs are mentorship programs. Students should not expect or ask their mentors to help them get an internship/job. While the mentoring relationship may help students gain the skills and knowledge to receive an internship or job, it is not appropriate for students to expect or ask for this.​​​​
 
Expectations of Students (Do):
  1. Take a proactive role in shaping the relationship.
  2. Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Balance personal and professional relationship with your mentor. 
  3. Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all schedule appointments with your mentor.
  4. Display professional behavior.
  5. Put the time with your mentor to the best use. Come to meetings prepared with planned topics.
  6. Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor, at most, two days after receipt.
  7. Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
  8. If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship. 
 
Expectations of Students (Don't):
  1. Expect your mentor to find you a job or internship. That is not the purpose of the program.
  2. Blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
  3. Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
  4. Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute. 
  
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