The Mentor Network: L.A.
Don't just intern. Build your network. Build your community.
The Mentor Network: L.A. program is designed with an intention to build on the experiences of summer internships in Los Angeles. This program will connect current student interns in L.A. to professional and personal networks out of their internship experience while building a community among other interns.
Who are the mentors?
Network mentors are Berklee alumni and/or industry professionals volunteering their time and expertise for the enhancement of career exploration. Network mentors can help to provide:
- career related information from a working professional;
- a behind-the-scenes look at a specific career;
- answers regarding work-life balance, salary and benefits, and the negative aspects of a particular job; and
- feedback on your résumé, an expanded network, and job or internships leads.
Who are the mentees?
Mentees are motivated and focused current students at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Mentees can come from any major and must be participating in the Berklee Internship Program in L.A., and enrolled in a course for academic credit.
Please note that this program is not intended or designed to create job offers.
The Mentor Network: L.A. program is meant to connect current student interns in L.A. to professionals outside of their internship experiences, to expand social and professional networks, and build community among other interns in L.A. Additionally, the program is meant to introduce summer interns to the existing alumni community and to provide support for future transitions to the region. In conjunction with the Office of Alumni Affairs and with additional support from the admissions alumni ambassadors, this program will combine existing mentors who are interested in increasing their work with current and prospective students.
Who can participate in the program?
What topics can be discussed at meetings?
A mentor session is an opportunity to discuss things one wouldn’t necessarily ask in a job interview setting. These topics can include, but are not limited to:
- work-life balance;
- salary and benefits; and
- an insider perspective on specific industries and fields.
Mentors can also give feedback on résumés (if they ask to see them) and make suggestions regarding professional contacts and employment opportunities.
- Mentors can coach you about career opportunities.
- Mentors may review/consider portfolios and/or résumés.
- Mentors can help steer the wants/needs of mentees.
- Mentees drive the wants/need in the relationship.
- Mentors are not job recruiters.
- Mentors are not there to do any work for the mentee.
How are mentors matched to mentees?
The matching process is personal and done through a combination of student application review, displayed interest, and career goals. The mentors interested in participating are vetted in advance by members of the Career Center and Alumni Affairs teams, and come from a pool of personal and professional alumni connections. To ensure that a basis of trust can develop between the mentor and mentee, it is necessary for both parties to be satisfied with the match.
How long does mentoring continue?
The mentoring program lasts the duration of the semester, beginning with a kickoff event at the beginning of the semester and ending with a culminating event. Between these events, one-on-one meetings are held between the mentor and mentee, and are scheduled between the two participants. As an additional part of the program, the mentees will be invited to three or four professional workshops and programs throughout the summer.
The summer 2019 program runs from June 4 to August 16, 2019.
Have other questions? Check out our FAQs page for more information.