Mentorship Opportunities

Mentorship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in offering mentorship to Duke students. When considering serving as a mentor, keep the following in mind:

  • Desired duration of relationship and general availability
  • Demographic profile of potential mentee
  • Industry area and entrepreneurial interest of potential mentee

What I&E Expects from Mentors

  • Student support – Provide suggestions and advice on student entrepreneurial interest and support students in developing their networks.
  • Professionalism – Maintain and model professional behavior, being prepared for all meetings and expecting the same of students.
  • Commitment – Keep any obligations made or communicate in a timely manner if rescheduling is necessary.
  • Transparency- Share your availability and communication preferences clearly with both I&E and your mentee. Communicate with I&E if any issues arise with mentoring relationship.
  • Confidentiality – Maintain the confidentiality of any proprietary information of the mentee, acting under the terms of a standard non-disclosure agreement.
  • No financial interest – Avoid financial investment in any mentee’s project while serving as a mentor in a Duke-sponsored program, though status can change with a financial interest will full information disclosed to proper Duke I&E staff member.

What to Expect from Duke Students

  • Communication – Students will make first contact with mentor(s) and will respond within 24 hours to all communication. Students will communicate with I&E Team if any issues arise with mentor relationship.
  • Willingness to learn – As students ask for suggestions and advice from mentor(s), they will listen, apply some of the ideas, and let mentors know the results.
  • Professionalism – Requests made of mentors will be appropriate, and will focus on the connection between the student’s entrepreneurial interest and the mentor’s expertise.
  • Commitment – Students will keep any commitments made or communicate in a timely manner if rescheduling is necessary.

Next Steps

Please contact Monika Hirschbichler, I&E’s Director of Programming and Engagement, regarding mentoring opportunities.