Become a Mentor
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Becoming an IPMP mentor is a growing experience that will help you develop your leadership and professional skills. IPMP mentor selection is a competitive process. Here you will find the eligibility requirements and application process.
IPMP Mentors are selected each spring semester to serve for a minimum of one semester.
IPMP mentors attending IUPUI's annual Mentoring Symposium
Benefits of becoming a mentor
In addition to receiving a scholarship ($3,000/academic year), IPMP mentors advance their leadership and professional skills, make friends from around the world, and improve their inter-cultural communication skills.
Being an IPMP mentor is a great way to build your resume and demonstrate your maturity, excellence and leadership abilities to future employers.
Returning mentors (second year) have the opportunity to advance to a Senior Mentor position with a higher scholarship, and more opportunities to be a leader and role model for others.
IPMP Scholarship Requirements
To qualify to apply to IPMP you must:
- Be a current full-time undergraduate student at IUPUI with at least one semester of study remaining.
- Must have successfully completed at least 12 credit hours at IUPUI prior to the start of the Spring application process.
- Must have a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.800 or higher.
- Must be in good standing with the university and have no record of disciplinary action.
- Possess positive communication and teamwork skills.
- Be reliable and have strong personal initiative.
- Be able to interact effectively and patiently with people from diverse cultures with varying levels of English proficiency.
- Have a strong desire to serve.
- Must be present in Indianapolis during the month of August as well as the entire Fall semester.
- If chosen to renew for the Spring semester, must also be present in Indianapolis during the month of January as well as the entire Spring semester
- Must be available to attend mandatory one day on-campus training and 3-day training at Bradford Woods immediately following Spring semester final exams in May.
IPMP mentors take part in the following activities for their time of service:
- Attend weekly meetings and monthly Coffee Hours on Friday afternoons, 2:30–4:00pm
- Spend about 5 hours per week on average on IPMP-related duties, with August and September being the busiest times
- Serve on a 3-member team to provide direct peer mentoring to an assigned group of incoming students
- Submit weekly progress report tracking documents/information.
- Serve in one of five Responsibility Areas
- Enroll in a 1-credit University College mentoring course each semester of IPMP service (Courses are tuition-free)
Becoming an IPMP Mentor involves several steps:
- Read the instructions and requirements carefully, especially the Responsibility Area descriptions.
- Collect information on your past volunteer service, leadership experiences, scholarships, and awards.
- Write a 2-3 paged, double-spaced (12 pt font) statement of purpose, making sure to include the following information:
- Why are you applying to IPMP? What do you think it means to be a mentor? What unique contributions do you think you can make to this program? What do you hope to get out of it personally and professionally?
- Complete the online application and upload your personal statement. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to the Office of International Affairs in sealed envelopes.
- Attend a group interview. After submitting your application, OIA will contact you to confirm your group interview time, date, and location.
- If selected, attend an individual interview.
The 2017-18 application has closed.
Mentor selections are announced in early April, and training takes place in May.
Have questions? Contact the International Mentoring Coordinators at email@example.com.