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Make a powerful connection with an MPA student or alum

The Evans School MPA Mentor Program pairs second-year Evans School MPA students with MPA program alumni who are two to eight years into their careers after graduation. Each spring, alumni mentors offer critical support to graduating students as they navigate the job search, build a professional network, and finish their Evans School MPA.  

How it Works

Second year MPA students learn about the application process in the fall of their second year at the Evans School. Mentor matches are typically made in late November. The program runs annually from January to May. Mentor pairs connect in person or remotely one to two times per month to discuss career goals and areas for professional growth. To ensure productive conversations, the Evans School Career Development and Alumni Relations teams support partnerships with monthly prompts or suggested activities on topics including crafting your career and interview tips and tricks.

The Matching Process

Evans School staff uses an application form to match participants based on similar interests and/or goals. Mentor matching is a complex process; all participants should be open to learning from each other whether or not specific career interests align.

Questions? Contact the Career Development team at

Hear from some of our students about their experience with the mentorship program:

"I enjoyed building a network of contacts and people who care about the Evans School and MPA students, but who are on the outside. I know have a head start on being actively involved in the Evans alumni community post-graduation."

Daniel Lunchick-Seymour

MPA '18, concentration in International Development

"I enjoyed getting to know my mentor, what's made her successful, and getting job search and interview advice from her." 

Zoey Burrows

MPA '18, concentration in Environmental Policy