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BY KEVIN MOE

On one side are undergraduate students eager to learn about the business world. On the other side are seasoned professionals seeking to impart their collective wisdom and experience. Bringing these sides together for one-on-one collaboration is the job of the Carlson Undergraduate Mentorship Program.
15 Years of Progress quote        Now in its 15th year, this program has remained consistently popular, with between 500 to 600 students and mentors participating annually. Mentors, many of whom are alumni, come from nearly every business profession. Although most work in the Twin Cities area, many are from other cities and states, and some from around the world.
        This school year’s mentorship program kicked off with a standing-room only event last October in the 3M Auditorium. The event featured a keynote address from Steve Schussler, founder of Rainforest Café and numerous other entrepreneurial ventures. Following his address, mentors and mentees met for the first time and spent the rest of the evening getting to know each other.
        Mentors and mentees are paired based on their functional areas as well as personal interests, as determined from applications both parties fill out beforehand. In participating, both mentor and mentee agree to meet or connect with each other at least once a month from October through April. “The mentorship program helped me make a more informed decision about my major choice,” says senior Payal Kapoor. “It has allowed me to meet three unique mentors in different fields, including corporate finance, investments, and international business, and has exposed me to the variety of future paths a finance or business degree provides.”
        Find out more about the program here:
http://carlson.umn.edu/alumni/undergraduate-mentorship-program.html.

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