Mentoring NU

Niagara University’s offices of career services and alumni engagement, and its College of Business Administration have teamed up to launch the Mentoring NU program to facilitate mentorship relationships between current students and alumni and friends.

Mentors will work with mentees to identify career and life goals by sharing experiences, offering encouragement, and providing an opportunity for the students to understand how business professionals have developed in their own careers. 

Mentoring NU will help students gain the valuable business skills and knowledge needed for successful careers.

Mentors - What to Expect

Ideally, a mentor should be able to:

  • Support the mentee's development of professional and interpersonal competencies through strategic questioning, goal setting, and planning
  • Create a supportive and trusting environment
  • Agree to and schedule uninterrupted time with your mentee
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program
  • Actively listen and question
  • Give feedback to the mentee on his/her goals, situations, plans and ideas
  • Encourage your mentee by giving them genuine positive reinforcement
  • Serve as a positive role model
  • Provide frank (and kind) corrective feedback if necessary

Mentees - What to Expect

Ideally, a mentee should be able to:

  • Commit to self-development
  • Assume responsibility for acquiring or improving skills and knowledge
  • Discuss individual development planning with their mentor
  • Be open and honest on their goals, expectations, challenges, and concerns
  • Actively listen and ask questions
  • Seek advice, opinion, feedback, and direction from their mentor
  • Be open to constructive criticism/feedback and ask for it
  • Respect their mentor's time and resources
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program
  • Comfortably give feedback to their mentor on what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship

Individuals interested in mentoring a Niagara University business student are invited to contact Maureen Rizzo, Internship Coordinator, at 716-286-8538.