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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.

Academic Year 2018/2019 Mentoring Program Kickoff dates

Friday, September 21, 2018

Master of Health Administration Kickoff Dinner
6:00 p.m.
The Penn Stater Hotel

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management Kickoff Lunch
11:30 a.m.
The Nittany Lion Inn

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hospitality Management Kickoff Dinner
5:30-8:45 p.m.
Cafe Laura, Mateer Building

Saturday, February 9, 2019

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 23, 2019

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

The application period has closed. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Charney jmc69@psu.edu or 814-865-8381.

For Alumni

For Students

Additional Mentoring Program Information