To accelerate the professional growth of the USC Price student, Price alumni have been volunteering their valuable time to coach, connect, and open doors, for their mentees for over a decade. We invite you to continue this tradition of our Trojan Family supporting the student experience and ushering a new generation of professionals into their fields.
The Price Professional Mentorship Program’s mission is to connect students at USC Price with USC Price alumni to provide direction and support for the transition of student to professional practitioner.
- Mentor registration opens: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
- Mentor registration closes: Friday, December 31, 2021
- Official program lasts 3 months: February 2022 – April 2022
- Many Mentor/Mentee pairs continue to meet after the official program time concludes
- Recommended to meet every other week for 30 minutes
- Attend PPMP Welcome Information Session (late January 2022)
- Attend PPMP events (online networking, in-person opportunities)
- Flexibility to meet online or in-person depending on the comfort level or physical location of either mentor and mentee
- Have 3+ years of relevant professional work experience in a Price academic program related field (health administration, policy, government (local, state, federal), research, consulting, real estate, non-profits, urban planning/design, and many others!)
- USC alumni status
- Can make time to meet for 30 minutes twice a month – mentors and mentees are welcome to adjust the frequency and length of time according to your needs
- Can commit to 3 months of consistent contact – Our past mentors have been very gracious and often have continued the mentor/mentee relationship well past the program end dates – but are not expected to do so.
- Be willing to coach their mentee with professional support – Mentors have always generously provided time, resources, professional contacts, and career advice – which makes this program so valuable to our students. Some ways they’ve been able to provide support are:
Our students vary greatly in their academic backgrounds and professional interests. PPMP requires an experienced and diverse group of alumni professionals to meet our students’ interests. Students’ experience ranges from freshman undergraduate students just starting to explore different career options to master level students with some professional experience under their belts and are looking to get connected to their industries. Through our registration process, we survey both mentors and mentees and allow those answers to inform Trojan Network’s matching system to best match mentors and mentees. Mentee applicants will have the ability to review profiles of mentors and can mark mentors of interest for the system to additionally consider. While we make every effort to match the expertise of our mentors with our students’ interests, we cannot guarantee a perfect match and hope that you as mentor will be willing to support students who might be slightly outside your preferred range of expertise.
USC Trojan Network
USC Trojan Network houses PPMP’s program and will allow USC alumni to network with other Trojans from across all academic disciplines. This system is very user intuitive and will streamline our matching process significantly. Sign up is easy with integrated LinkedIn profile importing. If you already have an account created in Trojan Network you won’t need to create a new profile.
Starting October 5, you will be able to register for PPMP within the Trojan Network. This year, you only have to answer a few questions and the system will take care of the matching process. Like in years past, the matching process itself will be based on multiple factors but focused on student preference, academic background, and career interests.
This year we plan on having 2 online group networking programs including our kick-off. However, we also plan on creating some opportunities for you to meet in-person with mentors/mentees at different locations throughout Los Angeles – creating space for those of you who are open to meeting in person.
We ask that our mentors talk to their mentees about both of your preferences on meeting in-person or meeting via Zoom (or another online platform). Currently, visitors to the USC University Park Campus requires a USC Trojan Check pass (a wellness self-assessment tool before being allowed onto campus or any other USC sponsored events).
Assistant Director of Career Education