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.
  • Mentor Responsibilities

    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)
  • Application Instructions

    Becoming an IPMP Mentor involves several steps:

    1. Read the instructions and requirements carefully, especially the Responsibility Area descriptions
    2. Collect information on your past volunteer service, leadership experiences, scholarships, and awards.
    3. 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?
    4. 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.
    5. Attend a group interview. After submitting your application, OIA will contact you to confirm your group interview time, date, and location.
    6. 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 imentor@iupui.edu.