WSU Tri-Cities

Career Development Center

Certified Engineering Majors
Be a Mentor

What does it take to be a mentor?

Mentors participate in paid training and are assigned to pre-engineering students in a structured mentoring program. The commitment for the mentorship program includes:

  • Selected mentors complete training including approximately 4 hours of on-line, pre-orientation training, and a 2-hour mentor orientation.
  • Mentors meet with their mentees once every two weeks until the end of the term. Meetings are on average around 30–60 minutes each, depending on the needs of the mentee.
  • Mentors attend a minimum of four (4) student success workshops (before May 31, 2014) conducted by Career Development Center (we offer more than 14 different ones at different times) and two (2) individual, career coaching sessions with a Career Development Center Counselor (scheduled at a mutually convenient time).
  • Mentors participate in 2 out of 3 special events in spring semester:
    • Professional Day
    • Connections event
    • Engineering design competition

How do mentors benefit?

Being a mentor is an excellent way to:

  • Give back by helping other students become successful engineering majors
  • Get paid $12 per hour as a part-time, temporary employee of WSU
  • Build your résumé and enhance top skills in demand by employers including the ability to:
    • Communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
    • Work in a team structure
    • Make decisions and solve problems
    • Obtain and process information
    • Plan, organize and prioritize work
  • Expand your connections with professional engineers and engineering firms in the region

Who is eligible to apply?

Required Qualifications:

  • Certified in an engineering major at WSU Tri-Cities
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credits in Fall ’13 and Spring ’14
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; must maintain minimum of 3.0 GPA throughout both semesters as a mentor
  • Have been a student of WSU Tri-Cities for at least one semester prior to applying to this program
  • Is available to work up to 5 hours a week during both Fall and Spring Semesters; specific number of hours depends on the number of assigned mentees; days, hours, and location of work are negotiated

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Prior experience in coaching, mentoring and/or paid or volunteer supervisory position
  • Participated in professional development training or related experience

How do I apply to be a mentor?

Your application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of references (email or paper)
    Note: If a faculty is your reference, please provide us with the email and contact information on a separate sheet of paper. We will contact the faculty person directly.
  • Completed application form at

All application materials can be either submitted in person at our office or emailed to us at

Career Development Center
West 140
WSU Tri-Cities

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Where do I get more information?

If you have questions about application requirements, pay rate, time commitment, mentor responsibilities or other questions about the program, contact Subha Narayanan at 509-372-7615 or

Career Development Center, 2710 Crimson Way, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, WA, 99354-1671
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