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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 15 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.

2018 Mentoring Program Kickoff dates

Saturday, February 3, 2018


5:30-8:45 p.m.
Cafe Laura, Mateer Building

  • Hospitality Management

Saturday, February 24, 2018

12:00 p.m.
The Nittany Lion Inn

  • Biobehavioral Health
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

6:00 p.m.
The Nittany Lion Inn

  • Health Policy and Administration
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutritional Sciences

Application Period

The application period has closed. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Charney or 814-865-8381.

For Alumni

For Students


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