CSB/SJU’s SEAM program provides sophomore students with direct practical experience to complement their academic preparation in traditional liberal arts majors. Through a three-day job shadow (also referred to as an externship), students will observe, explore, and reflect upon a particular career pathway as it relates to a liberal arts education. Coupled with an optional homestay, this productive mentor experience combines a structured reflective and preparatory component that supports the academic, personal, and professional development of students. By sponsoring a student mentee, alums demonstrate a belief in and commitment to the value of a CSB/SJU, liberal arts education and to the growth and development of future Bennie and Johnnie alumnae/alumni. The volunteer description can be viewed in its entirety here.
Reasons to Become a Mentor:
- Positive connection to CSB and SJU
- Skill development in areas of mentorship, professional coaching, leadership
- Showcase your own liberal arts journey, be a role model
- Connect your organization to a great potential employee or intern
- Make a difference in the life of a student
What Makes a Good Mentor?
- Must be an alumna/i of the College of Saint Benedict or St. John’s University with at least three years of professional experience, currently active in a professional work setting
- Preference given to those who have graduated with a degree in a traditional liberal arts major (e.g., Philosophy, English, History, Sociology etc.)
- Have an interest in supporting CSB/SJU, its students and their professional development efforts
- Must be willing to consider the option of hosting the mentee/s, in their own home, for three days (or over the course of the externship)
- Excited to encourage and support the learning aspect of the student's job shadow/externship assignment
- Before the Externship: 5-6 hours estimated in preparation to host the student (introductions over email/Skype, work with colleagues to create structure for the work-site experience, completing required mentor training – topics include “How to be a good mentor” and how to craft a strong job shadow experience).
- During the Externship: Three days over the term of CSB/SJU’s spring break (approximately one week long, typically in March of each year; March 5-9, 2018). The commitment would include both work and personal time each day.
- After the Externship: Varies. Ideally, the student and mentor will establish a relationship that continues throughout the student’s time at CSB/SJU. Parameters for the relationship, including how often to communicate, should be agreed upon before the student returns to campus. Mentor will complete program evaluation in order to provide feedback about the experience.