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A small group of mentors and protégés in discussion.

The College of Health and Human Development Mentoring Program connects HHD students and alumni by matching students who are juniors in their academic department with professionals in their field(s) of interest who can offer advice and information about career options or other issues relevant to particular fields. The mentoring program includes an initial orientation and goal setting face-to-face meeting, followed by 16 months of ongoing interactions as students can explore internships, course choices, and plans after graduation with their mentor. Many of our students have returned to be mentors, reflecting the value of the program to both students and alumni.

The mentoring program is open to all alumni of the College of Health and Human Development, as well as to Penn State alumni working in HHD-related fields.

All mentors and protégés are required to attend a Mentoring Kickoff Lunch or Dinner and Workshop where mentors and protégés meet in person, learn more about the expectations of the mentoring program and are provided one-on-one time to work on developing goals and action steps for the mentoring relationship.

Academic Year 2019/2020 Mentoring Program Kickoff dates

Friday, September 27, 2019

Master of Health Administration Kickoff Dinner

6:00 p.m.
Faculty Staff Club, The Nittany Lion Inn

Saturday, February 1, 2020

School of Hospitality Management Kickoff Dinner

5:30 p.m.
Cafe Laura, Mateer Building

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Mentoring Program Kickoff Lunches for departments listed below
12:00 p.m.
The Nittany Lion Inn

  • Health Policy and Administration
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Kinesiology

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Mentoring Program Kickoff Lunches for departments listed below
12:00 p.m.
The Nittany Lion Inn

  • Biobehavioral Health
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Human Development and Family Studies

Application Period Closed.

The application period is now closed.

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Questions can be directed to or 814-865-3831.