Frequently Asked Questions

Leadership Mentor Program (LMP)

Why should I apply to work with a leadership mentor?
Everyone needs advice and guidance from time to time.  DLS leadership mentors are experienced professionals who have traveled the path you wish to take and can provide you advice and guidance.

When should I apply for a mentor?
You should apply for a mentor when you want to develop yourself professionally, you are ready to devote time and energy to building a professional relationship, and you are willing to listen, learn and accept constructive criticism.

How do I apply for a mentor?
Complete the student application.

How long does it take to be matched with a mentor?
The length of time it takes to be matched with a mentor varies. Students are matched to a mentor within a few weeks of submitting their application. Mentors choose the student they would like to work with, so matches are based on fit rather than on a first-come, first-served basis.

What can I do to market myself to available mentors?
Put time into your application – proofread, write thoughtful and honest responses. Think of your application as a C.V. or resume that potential employers will see but also one that represents who you are as a person.

How often should I communicate with my mentor?
You should be in communication with your mentor at least once per month, including summer months. While your mentor is certainly able to contact you, you are responsible for ensuring that you stay in regular communication.

How long am I matched with my mentor?
You are matched with your mentor until you graduate or for as long as you are enrolled at USD, unless one of you decides to end the mentorship.

What can I expect from my mentor?
You can expect your mentor to:

  • Listen to you and answer your questions
  • Share his/her experience
  • Provide you with honest, thoughtful advice and feedback
  • Assist you in your search for an internship or job, including resume/cover letter help, interviewing suggestions, identifying positions or companies to which you may want to apply, connecting you with colleagues who may be of help to you, etc. (as applicable)

What can’t I expect from my mentor?
You cannot expect your mentor to find you a job or be the one to put all the effort and work into the mentoring relationship. Your mentor is a guide and coach and wants to see you be successful, but your mentor cannot achieve success for you.  You must show initiative and professionalism.

What happens once I graduate?
Although your formal relationship with your mentor will end, we hope that you will stay in contact with your mentor for years to come. We also hope that you will continue to seek out mentors throughout your life and become a mentor yourself one day!