The Department of Leadership Studies Leadership Mentor Program (LMP) pairs undergraduate and master's students with professionals who can provide mentoring in areas such as networking, interpersonal skills, and career development to better prepare students for their professional lives.

LMP provides students with the opportunity to learn from successful and experienced executives by forging long-lasting, professional relationships. Our leadership mentors are individuals with at least seven years of professional experience and expertise in business. They are alumni and friends of USD who volunteer their time to help students prepare professionally and succeed in their chosen career. Here are a few of the ways in which a mentor can help you:

  • Discuss trends in various sectors
  • Introduce you to colleagues to help you build your professional network
  • Identify internship and job opportunities
  • Provide career building tips
  • Coach you on your soft skills
  • Critique your resume
  • Give advice on professional communication, dress and demeanor

You must meet the following criteria in order to apply to be matched with a leadership mentor:

  • Attend a mentor information session
  • Be a student enrolled in either the undergraduate nonprofit leadership and management certificate, the undergraduate leadership minor, or one of the master's degree programs in the Department of Leadership Studies
  • Have at least 12 months until your anticipated graduation because your mentor needs to be able to work with you for a year or more before you complete your degree
  • Be prepared to engage in a professional relationship, one in which you will be responsible for maintaining regular communication, willing to listen and learn and take initiative

While the academic education and career advice that you receive in the Department of Leadership Studies is excellent, having a professional relationship with a mentor who has successfully navigated the working world and can give you practical and sound advice is invaluable.

Before applying for a leadership mentor, please read through our answers to frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I apply to work with a leadership mentor?
  • When should I apply for a mentor?
  • How do I apply for a mentor?
  • How long does it take to be matched with a mentor?
  • What can I do to market myself to available mentors?
  • How often should I communicate with my mentor?
  • How long am I matched with my mentor?
  • What can I expect from my mentor?
  • What can’t I expect from my mentor?
  • What happens once I graduate?

Application Process

If you are interested in having a leadership mentor, please complete the brief application.

If you would like more information before you commit, there are additional resources on our website and you can also contact Leslie Boozer.


Mentor Student Application

Personal Information

Resume or CV

USD Career Services will help you write and review your resume or CV.
Additional Information

The information from this section will be viewed by Leadership Mentors and will give mentors insight into who you are as a person. Take your time and use proper punctuation and spelling. Consider having someone proofread for you.

Please create a Word document that answers the following four questions:

  1. Be honest and give your potential mentor a view of who you are, and how your life experiences so far have shaped you. What makes you unique?
  2. What are your short and long term career goals? Where do you see yourself geographically?
  3. When you are not in class or working, what do you do for fun?
  4. What are some of the things you want your mentor to help you with? What are your expectations of a mentor?

Consent and Disclosure
By checking this box, I hereby consent to the release and disclosure of the information within this application, which was submitted by me and provided to the University of San Diego, to any and all potential mentors for the purpose of the University of San Diego facilitating my participation in the Leadership Mentor Program. 

Notice: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g, prohibits access to the enclosed records by anyone other than the recipient unless specific written permission for further dissemination is received from any and all students or former students of this institution who are personally identifiable from information contained in the records.