Be guided by the best

The Iowa JPEC Alumni–Student Mentoring Program was established to connect entrepreneurship students with esteemed alumni in order to enhance students’ professional and personal development for future success. This program is available to students who are working towards achieving one of Iowa JPEC's entrepreneurship majors or certificates.

Through this year long mentoring program, students receive mentoring from an experienced University of Iowa alum that is tailored to match the student’s personal needs and goals in their life. Examples of mentoring topics include:

  • Career Exploration
  • Resume Review
  • Mock Interview/Interview Advice
  • Starting a New Business
  • Identifying and Exploring Strengths
  • Transition from College Life to Work Life
  • General Life Advice

The value

From helping you discover your talents, to supporting you through your intern or job search, to providing you insight about how to succeed - a mentor is a key player in your life journey. Your mentor will stimulate your growth, provide meaningful opportunities for you to learn, and help you become successful in your classes, student org, new job, or any of your personal and professional goals. What sets our program apart from other mentoring programs? The Iowa JPEC mentoring program is known for the following unique characteristics:

  • Personalized matching of mentor and student based on career aspirations and personal interests
  • Tools and resources to help you build your relationship with your mentor
  • Tracking of mentorship goals and accomplishments


  • To be eligible for this program, students must be working towards achieving either a major or certificate focused on entrepreneurship. Please see our academics page for a full list of entrepreneurship majors and certificates.
  • Fill out one of the below applications. If accepted into program, you will also be asked to fill out a detailed online student mentee profile.  
  • Attend short orientation meeting to learn about the best practices as a mentee.
  • Identify the skills, knowledge, and/or goals that you want to achieve and communicate them to your mentor.
  • Meet with your selected mentor on a regular basis, via phone, skype, facetime, in person. You are expected to meet with your mentor at least once a month, however, the amount of time and frequency is determined by you and your mentor.
  • Track your progress regularly by filling out progress report.
  • Fill out end of the semester survey on your experience as a mentee.

Next Steps

The Iowa JPEC Alumni–Student Mentoring Program is a great opportunity to receive valuable coaching, support, and feedback to move you forward on your professional and personal goals. To be considered for this program, please submit the application below.

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