Engaging with Students—Mentoring Opportunities

The Rutgers University–New Brunswick Honors College provides students, alumni, and industry experts with opportunities to engage in mentorship and networking throughout the year. 

Mentorship Platform- a virtual connection

The Student Alumni Career Connect Platform, hosted by University Career Services and the Rutgers Alumni Association connects students and industry professionals through a range of options that make engagement meaningful and flexible. Students and professionals can choose to have career conversations, do resume reviews, conduct mock interviews, and even participate in student shadowing at a professional’s place of work. Visit the Student Alumni Career Connect today!

Winternship- winter break externship program

Winternship is a week-long externship program exposing Honors College students to a professional field of interest that is hard to 'break into'. Students assist in a pre-defined project chosen by the mentor, all while shadowing their mentor and colleagues to better understand the career field. 

Winternship Program Timeline

July - September: All Winternship industry-expert hosts are asked to provide a short professional bio and descriptions of possible projects so that students can accurately apply for relevant opportunities. This information is compiled for Winternship program advertisement to students.
October: Students apply via an online application (currently closed, applications open early October). They will write a short essay explaining their interest and how this experience would impact their career exploration process and professional development.
November: Students interview in the second week of November. Mentors are notified with information about the student who will be joining them for the Winternship.
December: Students reach out to their Winternship mentor to arrange logistics for their one-week shadowing experience.
January: Students join their Winternship mentor for their externship.

Mentoring Pods - academic cohort mentoring with Graduate Mentor Fellows

Our academic mentoring pod program links doctoral Mentor Fellows in a variety of academic and career fields with Honors College students based on topical areas of interest. Mentoring pod topical areas vary based on the subject area expertise of Graduate Mentor Fellows. Three to five undergraduates of varying class years meet with their Graduate Mentor Fellow throughout the Fall semester, beginning and ending the semester with receptions where the entire interdisciplinary cohort mingles and learns about the various topical areas represented at Rutgers.

Undergraduate students can apply via our online application. The application is currently closed.


Employers visit the Honors College to meet with students during 1:1 coffee chats ranging from 15-30 minutes. Students learn from recruiters and industry experts about specific organizations and more broadly about industries of interest.

Opportunities to Connect with Students

We invite Rutgers alumni, industry experts, parents of Honors College students, and friends of the Honors College to join our community of distinguished mentors. 

  • Invite a group of students to your place of work for a company site visit. The groups can be as small or large as you prefer; we offer a variety of options for students throughout the academic year to give exposure to a range of industries.
  • Host a student to shadow you at your place of business for a morning, afternoon, or full day.
  • Promote internships or job prospects to recruit Honors College students by sharing posting information for us to disseminate to students in our weekly newsletters. 
  • Serve as a distinguished speaker on key topics and interests of our students taking students on a deep dive into a topical area that you can passionately speak to and that is relevant in business today.
  • In partnership with recruiters, serve as an industry expert speaking with students during Office Hours where students meet with recruiters and industry experts for 15-30-minute 1:1 sessions to learn about an organization, hear more about an industry and company culture, and assess fit with an organization.
  • Host a student at your place of work during their winter break for a weeklong shadowing externship experience. Students will apply to your worksite for a ‘Winternship’ during which they will help you with a project of your choosing and shadow you for the week.
  • Become a Graduate Mentor Fellow for our academic mentoring pods comprised of undergraduates with interests similar to yours. Each mentoring pod meets throughout the Fall semester. All participating students gather monthly for workshops on professional development topics related to mentorship and networking.
  • Host an information session at the Honors College to speak about your organization. We welcome, in particular, sessions that engage our students through Q&A with Rutgers alums or an activity that gives students a taste of your work and the opportunity to interact with industry experts.

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