WSU Tri-Cities

Career Development Center

Certified Biological Sciences & Physical Sciences Majors

Be a Mentor

Join now and get the following benefits:

  • Share your knowledge as a paid, trained mentor to freshmen and sophomore science students to assist them with adjusting to college life and succeeding in their academic courses
  • Enhance your résumé with professional skills in high demand by employers and graduate or professional schools
  • Expand your network in the region through additional contacts with science specialists, senior managers and owners, practitioners, and professional societies
  • Earn scholarships in addition to being a paid, part-time employee of WSU; scholarships can be used in spring or summer semesters

What does it take to be a mentor?

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

  • Selected mentors complete paid training including approximately four hours of online, pre-orientation training, and a two-hour mentor orientation.
  • Mentors meet with their mentees once every week in the first month and once every two weeks until the end of the term. Mentor meetings are done by finals week. Meetings are on average around 3060 minutes each, depending on the needs of the mentee.
  • Mentors attend a minimum of four student success workshops conducted by Career Development Center (we offer more than 14 different ones at different times) and two individual, career coaching sessions with a Career Development Center Counselor (scheduled at a mutually convenient time).
  • Mentors participate in at least two out of three special events in spring semester:
    • Professional Development Day
    • Science Careers Connections event
    • Science Extravaganza

How do mentors benefit?

Being a mentor is an excellent way to:

  • Give back by helping other students become successful, certified science 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.
  • Expand your connections with professionals in the region.

Who is eligible to apply?

Required Qualifications

  • Certified as a biological or physical science major at WSU Tri-Cities
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credits in Spring ’14 at WSU Tri-Cities
  • 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

How do I apply to be a mentor?

Your application should include:

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

Only complete application packets will be considered.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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 Dimple Patel at 509-372-7660 or

Career Development Center, 2710 Crimson Way, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, WA, 99354-1671
509-372-7600, Fax 509-372-7676, Contact Us