Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania has not one but two programs that provide mentorship between undergrads, other students, and alumni.
The article in the Daily Pennsylvanian by Jinah Kim details both programs.
Juniors and seniors in the Wharton School can apply to participate in GUIDE, a mentorship program that matches current MBA students with undergraduate mentees. GUIDE is a large program, matching 455 undergraduate students and 380 MBA students this year. Wharton also has a similar program available for sophomore students: the Sophomore Alumni Mentorship Program, which matches students with Wharton alumni.
While the primary benefit from a mentoring relationship may seem to go to the mentee, Wharton Director of Student Life Lee Kramer said the mentors gain from the program as well.
“From the alumni standpoint, they get to stay connected to the school. I think as an alum you want to give back somehow,” Kramer said. “And being able to give back to a current student is really meaningful.”
Both programs seem to be working well as both mentors and mentees have expressed satisfaction with the program and many mentors returning in following years or even asking for additional students to mentor.