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 with your mentee before “Polidazzle” –our annual fall Mentor Program reception.
  2. If possible, meet the mentee(s) for an informational interview about your education and career.
  3. If possible, attend the 12th annual “Polidazzle” reception in November, date and location TBA.
  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 and debriefing session.

Sign-ups for becoming a mentor are now closed. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.


  1. Complete this registration form by Friday September 29, 2017.
  2. Have at least one phone conversation with your assigned mentor before "Polidazzle."
  3. Meet with your mentor for an informational interview.
  4. Exchange and discuss your resume with your mentor.
  5. Attend the eleventh annual "Polidazzle" event on November 28th, 2017 at the Minneapolis Events Center. Transportation provided.  
  6. Conduct three other informational interviews with professionals recommended by your mentor or with the visiting mentors that come to campus.
  7. Attend Mentor Program meetings on campus.
  8. Create a LinkedIn Profile.
  9. Participate in the spring wrap-up dinner and debriefing session.

Fill out the Mentee Sign-Up Form by Friday, September 29th, 2017.

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