Mentorship Programs

Mentoring aims to foster meaningful relationships between UCF alumni and current students. These connections prepare our students for successful futures and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.

Below is a list of participating mentorship programs being offered during the 2024-2025 academic year.

ChargeOn Mentorship

ChargeOn Mentoring aims to foster meaningful relationships between UCF Young Alumni and current UCF students. The connections made in this program will help prepare our students for a successful future and leave a lasting impact on our campus community. While we partner with the 4EVER KNIGHTS student organization on this effort, all students are welcome to apply.

What sets this program apart? Students and alumni are matched based on professional development skills that the student has a desire to learn and the alumknight has the expertise to teach. Whether it is networking, resume review or how to nail that next interview, this program is designed to be a meaningful experience that helps you develop and hone marketable skills.

College of Arts and Humanities

The purpose of this program is to connect current students with alumni mentors who share similar academic backgrounds, professional interests and career fields. Alumni mentors act as advisors, share professional experiences, provide new perspectives/insight into the industry, share knowledge about career advancement and assist in the building and enhancement of their mentee’s individual skill set.

College of Business

As Central Florida’s top provider of business talent, we strive to ensure each of our students can ‘get to the one’ in their chosen industries. Become a mentor with the College of Business and help shape the next generation of business leaders. By sharing your expertise and experience, you will foster innovative thinking, risk taking and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Join us in our mission to transform business education, prepare students for dynamic careers and contribute to the vibrant, forward-thinking culture of UCF’s College of Business. Your guidance can be the key to unlocking their potential in a rapidly evolving world.

College of Community Innovation and Education

Embodying the spirit of “Knights helping Knights,” the CCIE Alumni Mentorship Program empowers alumni to share their extensive professional and personal experiences with current UCF CCIE students. These invaluable connections not only prepare our students for successful futures but also create a lasting impact on our campus community. With expertise in diverse fields such as criminal justice, education, global health management and informatics, legal studies, and public administration, our alumni offer new perspectives, industry insights, and valuable skills to their mentees.

College of Engineering and Computer Science

The College of Engineering and Computer Science and The College of Optics and Photonics Mentor/Mentee Program provides an enriching platform for students to establish meaningful connections with alumni within their field. Through this program, students are paired with alumni mentors who offer guidance, share industry knowledge, and facilitate networking opportunities. By connecting with experienced professionals, participants can expand their professional network, gain insights into their chosen field, and receive valuable advice to shape their academic and career trajectories.

College of Sciences

The College of Sciences is UCF’s largest college and thus boasts the most eligible mentors for this program. The program builds the foundations needed for critical thinking as well as career success in programs ranging from communication and journalism to the physical, biological, social, behavioral and computational sciences. Mentoring students inside and outside of the classroom and preparing them for internships, research and their field work.

Marching Knights

Established by the Marching Knights Alumni Chapter in 2018, the Marching Knights Mentorship Program plans to foster meaningful relationships between Marching Knights alumni and current Marching Knights students. The program provides alumni with the opportunity to give back to their alma mater, expand their network and enhance their resume, while supporting the educational and professional development and experience of current MK students.

Rosen College of Hospitality Management
The purpose of this program is to connect current students with alumni mentors who share similar academic backgrounds and career fields. Alumni mentors can share professional experiences, provide new perspectives/insight into the industry and share knowledge about career advancement.

How to Participate

Alumni

Impact the life of a future alumknight by participating in this year’s program.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please follow the instructions below. The application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year is Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2024.

Instructions for Signing up - New to Knights Network
  1. Sign up on  UCF Knights Network
    • Select Alumni Affiliation.
    • When asked “Which formal mentorship program are you applying for?”
    • select the desired mentorship program.
    • Select your First, Second and Third choices on areas you can help your mentee develop.
    • Answer the question “Mentors: Are you willing to have 2 mentees?”
    • Answer the question “What are your specific areas of interest related to your degree program?”
  2. Complete your Profile.
    • Add a headshot and include your academic and professional experience.
    • Under “Offer Mentoring” check the box for your desired mentorship
    • program.
  3. Wait to be matched!
    • Once accepted, you will be added to the group for your desired mentorship program.
    • You will receive an email notification through Knights Network after you have been matched in mid-September.

Still need help? Watch our tutorial on creating a UCF Knights Network account.

Instructions for signing up - Already on Knights Network
  1. Visit UCF Knights Network
    • Click Edit Profile.
    • Add a headshot and include your academic and professional experience including your college and degree.
    • Under “Offer Mentoring” check the box for your desired mentorship program.
    • Scroll to the bottom and under “Other Information”
      • Answer the first five questions.
      • Answer the last question “What are your specific areas of interest related to your degree program?”
    • Click SAVE.
  2. Wait to be matched!
    • You will receive an email notification through Knights Network after you have been matched in mid-September.

Still need help? Watch our tutorial on how to join a mentorship group.

Why should I participate as a mentor?

Our hope is that mentoring will be a positive and enriching experience where you will be able to:

  • Refine your coaching and mentoring skills
  • Develop meaningful connections with current students and provide a positive impact as they prepare to enter the industry
  • Experience a connection with UCF and be in the know of all university happenings
Students

Alumni are an invaluable resource. Build a networking of relationships to support you during your education

If you are interested in having a mentor, please register and complete your profile today. The application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year is Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2024.

Instructions for Signing Up - New to Knights Network
  1. Sign up on UCF Knights Network
    1. Select Student Affiliation.
    2. When asked “Which formal mentorship program are you applying for?” select the desired mentorship program.
    3. Select your First, Second and Third choices on areas you want your mentor to help develop.
    4. Answer the question “What are your specific areas of interest related to your degree program?”
  2. Complete your Profile.
    1. Add a headshot and include your academic and professional experience.
    2. Under “Seek Mentoring” check the box for your desired mentorship program
  3. Wait to be matched!
    1. Once accepted, you will be added to the group for your desired mentorship program
    2. You will receive an email notification through Knights Network after you have been matched in mid-September.

Still need help?  Watch our tutorial on creating a UCF Knights Network account.

Instructions for Signing up - Already on Knights Network
  1. Visit UCF Knights Network
  2. Click Edit Profile.
  3. Add a headshot and include your academic and professional experience including your college and degree.
  4. Under “Seek Mentoring” check the box for your desired mentorship program.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and under “Other Information”
  6. Answer the first four questions.
  7. Answer the last question “What are your specific areas of interest related to your degree program?”
  8. Don’t forget to save.
  9. Wait to be matched!
  10. Once accepted, you will be added to the group for you desired mentorship program.
  11. You will receive an email notification through Knights Network after you have been matched in mid-September.


Still need help? Watch our tutorial on how to join a mentorship group.

Why should I participate as a mentee?
Having a mentor can contribute enormously to your success in future professional aspirations. Much of the learning that contributes to our success happens not only in the classroom, but through real world experience. Without a mentor, that learning occurs mostly through trial and error. With a mentor, however, even experienced professionals can benefit from the experiences and expertise of someone who has withstood the trial and can help us avoid the error. Similarly, those new to the industry or interested in learning about the industry will discover that being a mentee shortens the learning curve for acquiring the skills and knowledge most critical to a successful career. Additional skills you can gain from participating are: Learning new things about yourself: The self-reflection that can result from a mentoring relationship can be a powerful growth experience and provide you with new insights about yourself Making more of your strengths and exploring your hidden talents: A good mentor will push you to do more with your strengths Expanding your personal network: Entering a mentoring relationship adds your mentor to your personal network, and may lead to an introduction to the individuals in the mentor’s network A source of referrals: Your mentor may refer you to other mentors once they have a better understanding of your needs, abilities, and goals

FAQs

Program Timeline

  • Applications Open Aug. 11 2024
  • Applications Close Sept. 2, 2024
  • Matching Mid-September
  • Meet Your Match Sept. 25, 2024
  • Program End May 1, 2024

Program Schedule

  • Mentorship Milestone 1 September 2024
    Pre-survey
  • Mentorship Milestone 2 Sept. 25, 2024
    Program Overview & Meet your Mentee/Mentor Webinar.
  • Mentorship Milestone 3 Oct. 16, 2024
    Career Coach Webinar
  • Mentorship Milestone 4 Nov.14, 2024
    Career Coach Webinar
  • Mentorship Milestone 5 Feb. 19, 2025
    Career Coach Webinar
  • Mentorship Milestone 6 April/May 2025
    Interview Activity
  • Mentorship Milestone 7 April/May 2025
    Program Survey

Mentorship programs are designed to provide professional development strategies through mentor-mentee connections. The University of Central Florida students and alumni are matched based on the professional development skills the student desires to learn.

This zoom webinar is the Kickoff meeting for all mentors and mentees participating this academic year. This program will teach participants about UCF Knights Network and the milestones they are expected to complete as part of their program.

The mentor program for the 2024-2025 academic year will run from September-May.

The deadline to apply to be a mentor or mentee is Sept. 2 at 11:59 p.m.

You can find mentorship resources in UCF Knights Network

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