WSU Tri-Cities

Career Development Center

Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program enhances students’ academic and career skills, provides connections to professionals from across the region, and supports after-graduation success. It focuses on the following undergraduate majors at WSU Tri-Cities:

  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Science: General biological sciences and general physical sciences majors including: Pre-med, pre-dental, pre-OT, pre-PT, pre-pharmacy, pre-Vet Med, and other pre-professional programs

It is a pilot project, funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, for the 2014-15 academic year.

Join now and get the following benefits:

Freshmen and sophomore students

Good news! You don’t have to pay anything to be in the Peer Mentor Program. Plus, you get to:

  • Learn how to navigate your courses by getting tips from experienced students in your area of academic and career interest
  • Enhance your knowledge of career options and build your network through contacts with senior managers and professionals in your areas of interest
  • Develop additional skills to enhance your résumé and prepare you for internships, graduate school, and jobs
  • Earn scholarships by meeting with your assigned mentor and by attending professional development events that are tailored to your career-track

Learn more about signing up as a mentee.

Certified majors

Good news! You can be paid to share your knowledge with students in your major to assist their success. Plus you get to:

  • Enhance your résumé with professional skills in high demand by employers
  • Expand your network by connecting with professionals in your career field, senior managers and owners, and professional societies
  • Earn scholarships in addition to being a part-time employee of WSU

Learn more about being a mentor.

Listen to what our mentors and mentees have to say.

What do our industry partners say?

Being a learner is a critical characteristic for each and every one of us. The ability to learn from others who have expertise in an area will complement the unique insights and knowledge we carry within ourselves. The symbiotic relationship between a mentor and a mentee is extremely valuable in bringing forth perspectives that might not have even considered before and helps benefit both of them.

Bob Link

Manager - Environmental, Health, Safety and Licensing, AREVA
The Engineering Mentoring Program gave us the opportunity to show up and coming engineering students what the electric utility industry is all about. The social networking from these events eventually led to filling two part-time engineering internships and one full-time electrical engineering position. We would recommend this program to anyone interested in networking with up and coming engineers.

Einar Offerdahl

Franklin Public Utility District
The Engineering Peer Mentoring Program at WSU Tri-Cities is an important part of the student’s professional development. By having a mentor, a student can learn about what careers are available in their degree field and check with their mentor on specific choices for classes. The program also provides a benefit to the Engineer Mentor in that they can land select students a potential internship or permanent hire. WSU should be commended for promoting the mentoring program and increasing the value of their future graduates.

Ben Volk

Area Manager, J-U-B Engineers, Inc.
Career Development Center, 2710 Crimson Way, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, WA, 99354-1671
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