Student Exploration through Alum Mentorship

The new Student Exploration through Alum Mentorship (SEAM) program provides Bennie and Johnnie sophomores with an in-depth, inside look at the working world and the sometimes unexpected possibilities of a liberal arts major. The program – designed for students in traditional liberal arts majors – is built around a 3-day job shadow (externship) experience with an optional homestay for those who'd like it.

What is an externship?
What would involvement in SEAM look like?

This is not an internship. SEAM externships are structured to fit within your spring break week (March 2-6, 2020). Due to the shortened timeline, the emphasis is not on project-based work and creating tangible products, but more on observing interactions, reviewing protocols and conducting informational interviews.

2019-2020 SEAM Timeline

  • September 4-30: Online mentor application opens, potential mentors contacted, interviews conducted
  • October 22: Mentor profiles posted online, online student application made available, rolling interviews begin for students
  • November 15: Student application is due
  • December: Applications reviewed and matches made
  • January 28-31: Student training sessions offered
  • February 4-8: Alumni training sessions offered
  • Spring Break: March 2-6, 2020 three day externship takes place with optional homestay
  • March 12: Student post-experience celebration and reflection

Testimonials from Past SEAM Mentors

“It was enjoyable to have the student present in our home as well. I found we had more in depth conversations during the commute and at my home than during the time in my office. It allowed more time for questions and general “getting to know each other.” I'm also certain that my student wouldn't have been able to participate if it weren't for the home experience.”

“The extern I was matched with was willing to take risks and she was open about her goals in advance so I could anticipate what would work best.”

Interested in becoming a SEAM Mentor?

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View this year’s mentors.