Arcadia Alumni

Alumni Career Mentor Program

Alumni-Student Mentoring

The Alumni Career Mentor Program matches alumni volunteers with current Arcadia students based on similar interests, majors, geographic location, and career goals. The Career Mentor Program had developed from a partnership between the Arcadia University Alumni Association and the Honors Program to a program that engages alumni and students in all University majors and programs, including graduate programs. Since its inception, 263 student mentees have been matched with 162 alumni mentors.

The relationships that are built throughout a professional and personal journey are some of the most important influences on an individual’s success and happiness. As such, it is very important to help students create these mentoring relationships, and who could be better to provide this assistance than alumni who once sat in the very place Arcadia students are in today?

For Alumni

Your role as an alumni mentor does not necessarily require a large time commitment. The program’s success relies on finding the right amount of support that will benefit you and your mentee. Many times, a phone call or an email can be a helpful support.

Get Involved: If you are interested in getting involved, review the program guidelines and complete the Alumni Mentor Volunteer Form. The Office of Alumni Relations will reach out to you soon thereafter to sign up for Handshake, our online platform used for connecting prospective mentors and mentees.

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@arcadia.edu.

For Students

The Alumni Mentor Program is open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to be a mentee.

Get Involved: Prospective mentees must complete their profile on Handshake before browsing for a mentor. Students are able to directly log in to their Handshake account by clicking here and then clicking on “Arcadia University Student Login.” Make sure you are already logged into MyArcadia before clicking the link.

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Education at careerhelp@arcadia.edu.

Program Timeline (Tentative)

Below is a tentative schedule of structured events and programs wherein mentors and mentees can connect in person. More information will be sent in advance of each program.

  • Prior to September: New alumni mentors complete the Alumni Mentor Volunteer Form, and then join and complete their profile on Handshake.
  • September:  Students complete their mentee profile on Handshake and choose a mentor.
  • September: Kick-off event for returning and new program members, wherein new members meet their mentors/mentees in person. (Attendance is strongly recommended) More
  • October: Internship Fair (Attendance is voluntary)
  • Fall Semester On-Campus Event
  • By December: Mentors and mentees should have met, spoken, or communicated at least three times.
  • January: Spring semester kick-off event for returning and new program members (Attendance is strongly recommended)
  • Spring Semester On-Campus Event
  • May: Alumni-Student Ice Cream Social at Alumni Weekend (Attendance is voluntary, but strongly encouraged for graduating seniors)
  • By May: Mentors and mentees should have met, spoken, or communicated at least six times.

Alumni-Alumni Mentoring

The Alumni Career Mentor Program also provides opportunities for mid- and senior-level professionals to mentor and provide guidance to our recent graduates who are in their early- to mid-career stages. If you are interested in becoming a mentor to other alumni or in requesting a mentor, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@arcadia.edu or 215-517-2566.