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OISE Mentorship Program for Students 

Connecting talented students with experienced alumni. 

Jump to: Mentorship for Alumni Mentors

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Important Notice: In response to COVID-19, we encourage all current participants to practice social distancing and conduct any remaining mentorship meetings online. Thank you for helping ensure the health and safety of our alumni and students. Please review U of T's response to coronavirus for more information.

Become a mentee to connect with alumni in your field and build your network

As an OISE student, you will automatically receive an email invitation every September to participate in the OISE Mentorship Program. 

Program features:

  • One-to-one matching with alumni in your field

  • Four (4) meetings required, in person or online

  • Opportunity to discuss shared interests and experiences

  • Launch party and support workshops (photos)

Once signed up, you will be invited to a mandatory launch event at OISE in October or instructed to connect with your mentor digitally, depending on the option you choose.

Ready to sign up?

1) It's an International Experience  

This is an international mentorship program, so participants may be located in Toronto, across Canada or around the world.

2) Ways to Connect

Online communication can be a convenient way for mentors and mentees to connect. Email, Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or a phone call are just some of the ways you can connect digitally.  

Create a U of T Ten Thousand Coffees profile to easily connect and share with your OISE mentor online.

3) Meeting Your Match 

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet, chat and collaborate in person! We provide a fun opportunity to meet your match and other alumni and students at the annual launch event. 

OISE boasts many great spots for your meetups (OISE Library or Nexus Lounge, anyone?), so does the U of T campus and its surrounding cafes and parks (Philosopher's Walk is one hidden gem). 

4) Get Guidance and Support

NEW: Mentorship Handbook for Alumni & Students

Mentees are encouraged to take advantage of workshops and services offered by U of T Career Exploration & Education including: resume review, interview preparation, job shadowing, and career fairs. To sign up for these services, visit clnx.utoronto.ca.

U of T students have free access to LinkedIn Learning. Find online training and tutorials in:

  • Characteristics of a successful mentee
  • Building confidence as a mentee
  • Building trust with your mentor
  • and more!

Fall Mentee Support Workshops: 

- Etiquette & Intros: Wednesday, October 16 at 1:10 p.m. & online.

- Strategies for Mentorship: Thursday, October 24 at 1:10 p.m. & online. 

Applications are closed

Missed the deadline? Participate in person or online next year! Please check back in September 2020 for details. 

Signing up is a commitment. Before signing up, consider your availability over your fall and spring terms. All participants must commit to four (4) in-person or online meetings with their mentor. Questions? Contact us.



Sponsored by U of T Affinity Partner

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*Please review the OISE Mentorship Program Terms & Disclaimer. Reference the Program Brochure and Mentorship Handbook for details.

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