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  • Information for Mentors
  • Information for Students
  • Mentor & Mentee Testimonials

The goal of the mentorship program is to expose students to the practice of architecture and related professions.


Information For Mentors

MENTORING AIMS TO PROMOTE THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS CONCERNING THE MENTOR:

— Development of mentoring, coaching and interaction skills

— Connections with students in the field

— Connection with USC School of Architecture

— Development and expansion of the professional network


WHAT WE EXPECT MENTORS TO DO:

— Spend one-on-one time with the mentee once a month, on average

— Set targets and agree on practical matters with the mentee

— Support the development of the student’s working life skills, as a mentor


What we do not expect mentors to do:

— Offer a job or an internship to the mentee

— Give answers to all the mentee’s questions

— Share all his or her own contacts with the mentee

Information for Students

MENTORING AIMS TO PROMOTE THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS CONCERNING THE STUDENT:

— Building of a professional network

— Development and increase of professional and communication skills

— Cross-disciplinary networking with USC School of Architecture students, alumni and industry professionals

— Generation of new ideas and interests

— Finding of career choices and paths as well as job application skills

 

WHAT WE EXPECT MENTEES TO DO:

— Spend one-on-one time with the mentor once a month

— Have an active role and take the initiative in relation to the mentor

— Set targets and agree on practical matters with the mentor

— Agree on mentoring expectations and goals with the mentor

— Understanding that mentoring relationship is not about getting a job offer or an internship

Mentor & Mentee Testimonials

"Historically, the making and building of architecture has involved not only formal educational knowledge transfer, but also a more vocational or hands-on teaching or mentoring. The instances where practitioners with experience and perspective lend advice, offer a different point of view, or afford a look into some aspect of our trade are as important to a young professional’s development as the formal studio exercises and class exams. Mentoring on a professional level has shaped our industry for centuries, and will undoubtedly continue to do so well into the future. The successes I have had over the last 25 years of formal architectural education and professional practice are not solely mine. In fact credit must also be given to a handful of people, both educators and professionals, who have helped guide me through the ever changing and constantly challenging world of the design and construction. I could not have taken this journey alone, and I owe a debt of gratitude to those who have taken the time to mentor me."

— PAUL C. (MENTOR)


"Having participated in the Mentorship Program in previous years, I could not recommend this program more highly. The time I spent with my mentors were very valuable and the things I learned extended beyond what could be taught in a classroom or studio setting. I was able to form authentic relationships with professionals that have not only helped me as a student, but even now as a recent alumna and working professional."

— CRYSTAL W (MENTEE)


"The USC Architectural Guild mentorship program allowed me to see a softer, more personal side of the architectural industry by connecting me one-on-one with professionals. I also really appreciated that my mentors helped demystify and ease the transition from academia to the working world."

— PAULINA S. (MENTEE)