Mentorship Opportunities

Mentorship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in offering mentorship to Duke students. This document outlines shared expectations for mentor-mentee relationships through the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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
– Fill out I&E Engagement form – this includes questions tailored to three different areas of interest: speaking opportunities, mentorship, and internships.
– 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

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