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Mentor Program

The Eugene J. McCarthy Center Mentor Program intends to connect CSB and SJU students with individual political and community leaders and offers a roadmap for mentorship and networking.  Through informational interviews, job shadowing, resume critiques, and career discussions, students will gain a greater awareness of multiple civic options as well as the avenues for success in political and civic life.

Opportunities arranged by the Mentor Program:

Polidazzle - An annual networking event for CSB/SJU students, alumni/ae, staff, faculty and anyone else that is interested in public policy and civic life that occurs each fall. This gathering offers an opportunity for students to connect with community leaders and professionals who share a passion for public policy and civic engagement. Please feel free to invite anyone who you think is interested. This reception is an open house which includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres. If you are interested in learning more about Polidazzle, please click on the heading above.

Campus Connections
- On-campus meetings or Skype calls that are arranged by the McCarthy center staff in order to offer students easy and convenient opportunities to connect with community leaders. Professionals interested in participating in a campus connection are welcome to complete the campus connection form in order to communicate their availability.

State Community Leader Visits - At mentors convenience, the McCarthy Center staff will arrange transportation for small groups of students to visit with community leaders within the state of Minnesota. If you are a professional interested in offering one of these opportunities, please email [email protected].  

Expectations of the Program


  1. Have at least one phone conversation before "Polidazzle" -- our annual fall Mentor Program reception.
  2. Meet the mentee(s) at least once for informational interviews about your education and career.
  3. If possible, attend the "Polidazzle" reception at the Saint Paul Hotel's "M ST. Cafe."
  4. Offer three names and introductions for your mentee to follow up with other informational interviews.
  5. Offer mentees a variety of other opportunities such as reviewing resumes or cover letters, hosting students for job shadowing, sharing invitations to events, doing mock interviews, and having email exchanges on class assignments, for example.
  6. If possible, participate in an online Skype small group seminar and/or campus visit with students about your career, community involvement, and ideas.
  7. If possible, participate in the spring semester wrap-up dinner and debriefing session.


  1. Fill out the Mentee sign-up form
  2. Have at least one phone conversation with your assigned mentor before "Polidazzle" -- our annual fall Mentor Program reception.
  3. Exchange and discuss your resume with your mentor.
  4. Attend the annual "Polidazzle" reception at the Saint Paul Hotel's "M St. Cafe."
  5. Conduct three other informational interviews with professionals recommended by your mentor or with the visiting mentors on campus through Skype calls and campus visit opportunities.
  6. Attend student debriefing sessions on campus.
  7. Create a Linkedin Profile.
  8. Be willing to participate in a student mentorship program where upperclassmen serve as mentors to underclassmen, helping them to achieve success within the Mentor Program.
  9. Participate in the spring semester Wrap-up Dinner and debriefing session. 


If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact Professor Matt Lindstrom