The McCarthy Center Mentor Program

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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.

Mentor Program Goals:

Gain Knowledge:

To gain knowledge about professional options and opportunities within and beyond the Bennie/Johnnie network.
To gain knowledge about professional communication tools.
To gain knowledge about personal development and pathways to success.

Gain Experience:

To gain experience creating and building a professional network.
To gain experience in written and oral communication.

Improve Skills:

To improve skills in areas including, but not limited, to:

Social media networking
Interpersonal networking skills
Professional communication
Polidazzle '18

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 that 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 that are arranged by the McCarthy Center staff in order to offer students easy and convenient opportunities to connect with community leaders.  If you are a Mentor interested in meeting with a small group on mentees on campus, please email [email protected].  

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. Initiate one phone conversation/Skype or Zoom call with your mentee within two weeks of receiving an introduction email from your mentee.
  2. If possible, meet the mentee(s) for an informational interview about your education and career.
  3. If possible, attend the annual “Polidazzle” reception in November. You will receive a save-the-date via email soon!
  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.


  1. Complete the Mentee registration form.
  2. If possible, meet the mentor(s) for an informational interview.
  3. Exchange and discuss your resume with your mentor.
  4. Complete check-ins with MC Student Coordinator. 
  5. Attend Mentor Program meetings on campus.
  6. Create a LinkedIn Profile & visit the XPD (Experiential & Professional Development) office.
  7. Participate in the spring wrap-up reception and workshops.

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