Become a Mentor

The Mentor Application for 2023-24 is OPEN!

Becoming an IPMP mentor is a growing experience that will help you develop your leadership, professional, intercultural communication skills. Being an IPMP mentor is a great way to build your resume and demonstrate your maturity, excellence, and abilities to future employers. We encourage you to consider making it a part of your story!

IPMP mentor selection is a competitive process. Mentors are selected each year to serve for a minimum of one academic year. Please find the eligibility requirements and application process below.

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  • IPMP Mission

    The IPMP is a global family of mentors, coordinators, a manager and. of course, our mentees hailing from countries all over the world. Our mission is simple:

    We aim to guide the successful social, cultural, and academic adjustment of IUPUI students from all over the world. IPMP equips international students with the knowledge, support system, and tools to prosper at IUPUI and in the US.

    The IPMP team accomplishes this mission through pre-arrival assistance, one on one mentoring, social opportunities, and cultural programming.

  • The Mentor Role

    IPMP mentors engage in the following:

    • Attend weekly meetings and monthly Socials on Friday afternoons, 2:30–4:00pm for team building and intercultural learning
    • Collaborate with a 3-member team to provide direct peer mentoring to international students
    • Learn about one specific area of the Office of International Affairs (See this document about "Service Learning Areas Descriptions")
    • Enroll in a 1-credit University College mentoring course to improve mentoring skills (Courses are tuition-free)
  • Service Learning Area

    International Welcome Assistants will often be the first IUPUI students that new incoming international students meet! They communicate with students while abroad and assist them upon arrival.

    • Responsibilities:
      • Provide support and a welcoming presence at the IND airport
      • Assist with move-in (when appropriate)
      • Resolve general issues with getting settled
      • Answer general pre-arrival questions
      • Encourage students to choose IUPUI
    • Preferred Qualifications:
      • Eligible to drive a University Vehicle (Over 21 years of age or older and hold a valid US driver’s license)
    • Availability Requirements:
      • Immediately prior to or following May Training - Welcome + Outreach Overview
      • Full month of August, including weekends - Airport Tabling 

    International Orientation Assistants will provide assistance before and during the International Welcome Week for both the Fall and Spring semesters.

    • Responsibilities:
      • Lead Socials and workshops
      • Coordinate the Orientation dinner for new international students
      • Serve as a resource for students, friends, and families during Orientation
      • Participate in and assist with the presentation of workshops
      • Assist with logistics
      • Help supervise and train Orientation volunteers
    • Preferred Qualifications:
      • Willing to speak in front of audiences of various sizes
    • Availability Requirements:
      • Full month of August - Orientation Duties 
      • August 7 – August 18, 2023 - Orientation Week 

    Marketing Assistants are pivotal to the promotion and recruitment process of IPMP.

    • Responsibilities:
      • Advise on the marketing and promotional strategy for the IPMP
      • Develop marketing to promote IPMP
      • Staff promotion tables
      • Create the IPMP newsletter in Salesforce software and distribute it monthly
      • Lead the posting of promotional and informational content on the OIA Instagram and IPMP Facebook
    • Preferred Qualifications:
      • Experienced with promotions/marketing or event planning
      • Able to see an idea through BOTH the planning and execution stages
    •  Availability Requirements:
      • Fall Semester, including after classes begin – collecting and creating content based off IPMP activities during the year

     IPMP Service Learning Description 2023-24.pdf


  • Mentor Leadership Scholarship Eligibility

    IPMP is a university funded leadership scholarship. To qualify to become an IPMP mentor you must:

    • Be an undergraduate student at IUPUI  throughout the semesters during which you will serve as a mentor.
    • Must have successfully completed at least 12 credit hours at IUPUI prior to the start of the Spring application process.
    • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.800 or higher.
    • Must be in good standing with the university and have no record of disciplinary action.

    Availability Needs

    • Summer: After May Training, mentors will begin duties during the summer. Mentors must be accessible throughout the summer but not necessary to be present in Indianapolis. Mentors must be back in Indianapolis for the Bradford Woods training.
    • Fall Semester: Mentors must be present in Indianapolis for the month of August and accessible throughout the Fall semester.
    • Spring Semester: If chosen to renew for the Spring semester, must also be present in Indianapolis during the month of January and accessible throughout Spring semester.
    • Must be available to attend all trainings:
      • One week on-campus training in May
      • 3-day overnight training at Bradford Woods during late July
      • Weekly on-campus Friday Meetings from 2:30 - 4 pm beginning in August (mentors are allowed two excused abscences) 

    Skills and Abilities of Great Mentors

    • Possess positive communication and teamwork skills.
    • Demonstrate reliability and have strong personal initiative.
    • Interact effectively and patiently with people from diverse cultures with varying levels of English proficiency.
    • Have a strong desire to impact the international student experience.
  • Application Instructions

    Becoming a mentor involves four simple steps:

    1. Read the application instructions carefully, especially the Service Learning Areas descriptions. These are in the next drop-down menu and this pdf can be used for comparing: IPMP Service Learning Description 2023-24.pdf                
    2. Submit your Mentor Application which includes:
      1. Online mentor application
      2. Resume (should provide information about your past volunteer services, leadership experiences, scholarships, and awards)
      3. 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. Two letters of recommendation. These should speak to your teamwork skills (working in groups), integrity, responsibility (ability to follow through on tasks), and demonstrated interest in intercultural experiences. The letters can be submitted one of two ways:
        1. Directly to the Office of International Affairs in sealed envelopes
        2. Via email to
    3. Attend a group interview.
      • After receiving your completed application, OIA will contact you to confirm your group interview time, date, and location.
    4. If selected, attend an individual interview.
  • Application & Decision Timeline

    The 2023-24 IPMP mentor application is OPEN!

    Priority deadline: December 10th, 2022 at  11:59pm EST

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Complete applications received by the priority deadline will be given preference for the date on which their group interview is held. Submitting an application by the priority deadline DOES NOT guarantee an interview. However, due to the competitive nature of this process, we do encourage early submissions. 

    Application Closes: January 22nd, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

    Interview Dates:

    Group Interviews will take place in late January or early February
    Individual Interviews will take place beginning one week after group interviews

    Mentor selections are announced in March.

Apply to be a Mentor!

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