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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Tisch Alumni Mentor Network

The Tisch Alumni Mentor Network (formerly CASE–Connecting Alumni Student Experiences) connects Tufts alumni with current Tufts students who have Tisch Summer Fellowships and other substantive summer internships. The program includes individual mentoring, regular panels with alumni speaking on wide-ranging careers, networking opportunities, and community service events. It is a great opportunity to meet alumni and gain perspective on the many careers options in D.C., Boston, and New York City. Note that the 2018 Tisch Summer Fellows program runs from June 4 to August 10.

Alumni Participation and Responsibilities

The program allows Tufts alumni have have hands-on impact on the next generation of Jumbos. Alumni provide valuable support and advice while helping students explore career options, build networks, and learn about life in their city. In addition to providing essential support to current Tufts students, the network is also a great opportunity to meet other Tufts alumni in their area. Alumni can participate in the program in one or more of several ways:

Alumni Mentors

  • Attend the opening reception for mentors and students in order to meet your mentee and other students in person and set the tone for a great summer
  • Meet face to face with your student mentee two to three times during the summer. In addition to meeting at the opening and closing receptions and at any Tisch Summer Fellow social events, getting together for coffee, a weekday lunch, or a weekend brunch are great opportunities for you to check in and chat with your student.
  • Be available for questions and to provide guidance. Don’t worry; you are not expected to be an expert! But your experience will be a wonderful resource to your mentee this summer. Don’t worry if your answer to a question is “I don’t know.” Instead, help students identify how they can go about finding a solution by offering personal or professional guidance.

Alumni Facilitators

  • Host a small group of students for three 90-minute session, scheduled based on your availability and convenience
  • Engage students in relevant conversations, build connections with them, and contribute your time and experience in meaningful ways

Other ways to get involved

  • Speak about how you contribute to civic life personally and/or professionally on a panel with fellow alumni
  • Host a group of students at your workplace for meaningful reflection, an informational panel, or event. Finding spaces in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., is often challenging and we appreciate your help!

Student Eligibility and Expectations

All 2018 Tisch Summer Fellows (Boston, NYC and D.C.), as well as current Tufts students and graduating seniors who have secured their own summer internships in Washington, D.C., are eligible for alumni mentorship. Mentors can provide advice on career paths, navigating their city, graduate school, and life after graduation. This is also a great chance to meet fellow classmates interested in the government and nonprofit sectors and to create a supportive Tufts network.

For more information, please contact Tisch College Program Assistant Nevena Pilipovic-Wengler at nevena.pilipovic@tufts.edu

For Alumni in the D.C. area, please contact Tisch Alumni Mentor Network Alumni Leader, Elizabeth McKay, A14, at tuftscasedc@gmail.com.

Alumni Mentor Network - Alumni Application

Please complete this short application to sign up as a summer mentor.

The application period will reopen before summer 2018.