Become a Mentor

Students at Seattle Pacific are always seeking good mentors from a multitude of fields. No matter what your level of experience, or what field you represent, you have something to offer. In the process, you’ll probably find that the mentoring relationship offers you encouragement and satisfaction, as well.

Why Be a Mentor?

As a mentor, you can make a difference not only in a student’s life and career but also in your own:

  • Positively influence a student by providing informal feedback, advice, and coaching.
  • Increase a student’s communication, leadership, and professional skills.
  • Revitalize interest in your own work by connecting to students and their energy.
  • Invest in the future by giving back to the community.

Who Can Be a Mentor?

Anyone with career or calling advice to share with an SPU student is invited to apply to become a mentor, whether your industry is accounting, advertising, education, veterinary medicine, waste management, or anything in between. Here are some of the people who mentor SPU students:

  • SPU alumni
  • Parents of SPU students or alumni
  • Local business/nonprofit employers
  • Community partners
  • SPU professors

SPU’s Mentoring Programs

SPU Switchboard

Best described as a fusion of LinkedIn and Craigslist, SPU Switchboard is an exclusive online community created to allow Falcons to easily connect with one another to ASK for what they need or OFFER what they have to share. It takes less than a minute to join, and you can offer to host a student or recent alum for:

  • Informational interview — share with a student information and insights about your position, organization, or industry.
  • Job shadow — host a student for an inside look at your job and company.
  • Mentorship — meet 3–4 times over several months to share advice.
  • Presentation — present career information to a student club or group.

Join SPU Switchboard. 

SPU Mentor Program — Center for Applied Learning

The SPU Mentor Program, hosted by the Center for Applied Learning (CAL), is a customized system through which students are matched with mentors based upon each student’s specific needs, goals, and career focus. Students must apply to the program and, if accepted, participate in an orientation that discusses professionalism, behavioral expectations, and mentoring best practices that help both student and mentor get the most from their meetings. Opportunities include:

  • Job Shadow — host your student for a minimum of a half-day (4–5 hours).
  • Mentorship — meet one-on-one with your student about 3–5 times over 6–12 months (students and mentors may meet more often and for longer periods if they wish).
  • Career 360 — facilitate a series of interviews for your student with people who hold different roles within your organization.

Register to become a mentor through CAL’s SPU Mentor Program. For more information, email


Beyond Mentoring

In Career 360, SPU students meet with several people within your organization to gain a variety of perspectives. In a job shadow, students spend a half-day observing one of your employees on the job. Contact the Center for Applied Learning at or 206-281-2942 to arrange a Career 360 or job shadow.

The Mentor Advantage

The Mentor Advantage

2012 SPU graduate Sarah Konopasky has worked on the front lines of the battle against cancer. Through SPU’s Mentor Program, she served in the research labs of one of the world’s foremost experts on prostate cancer.