Mentor Opportunities

ASK Mentor
Diversity Mentor
International Ambassador
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do alumni have to go through any training?
  • Are any volunteer positions paid?
  • What type of background does an alumna/us have to have to volunteer?
  • Does the alumna/us volunteer have to be local?
  • How do I apply?
  • How do I give feedback on any of the programs?

ASK Mentor

Alumni Sharing Knowledge or ASK is our biggest program encompassing a network of over 500 alumni from across the spectrum of career fields and specialties that aim to help students with questions about a career in public health and offer support and guidance to students as they move through their graduate studies. Students are encouraged throughout the academic year to seek an ASK Mentor they can connect with based on similar career interests.

Diversity Mentor
The Office of Diversity's Alumni Mentor Program matches current students with local HSPH alumni, based on academic, research, professional, and/or personal interests. The Diversity Mentor program strives to provide students of color the opportunity to more easily access and interact with HSPH alumni of color. The program is open to all students.

How does it work?
Students are able to build personal and professional relationships with HSPH alumni of color and form collaborative, supportive, and nurturing communities. To view the program description, click here.

What is expected from the Diversity Mentor?
Alumni mentors are highly encouraged to attend a twice-yearly group meeting with the Mentor Program cohort. Otherwise, regular communication with the student is expected.

What is expected of the student?
Accept the relationship on a temporary basis
Follow through on commitments made to the volunteer
Ask the mentor for suggestions and advice
Listen to the alumna/us; apply at least some of the advice

For more information, contact Venus Israni. For more information on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, visit their website.
For more information on becoming a mentor, fill out the volunteer application.

International Ambassador 

The International Alumni Ambassador program provides immediate support and assistance to HSPH international students through correspondence that begins before students arrive on campus. The program matches incoming international students with alumni who either reside in their home country/province/city or share the same citizenship. Alumni Ambassadors share how they managed the student visa process, offer suggestions on how to find housing in the Boston area, steps on acquiring a U.S. credit card, working with the home embassy, and otherwise help make the transition to a U.S. graduate student go smoothly.

How does it work?
In late May or early June, each alumna/us is assigned a student or group of students to offer support and guidance on what they need to know about coming to the U.S. and transitioning as a graduate student at the Harvard School of Public Health. Alumni Ambassadors and students review the Pre-arrival Checklist together as a way to prepare students in coming to the U.S. The correspondence generally lasts only a few months, typically June through August, but students and alumni are encouraged to remain in contact.

What is expected of an International Ambassador?
Connect with the student or students prior to their arrival to the U.S. by telephone, Skype, or in person Review the Pre-arrival Checklist with the student Offer suggestions and advice on how to transition to the U.S. Relay “lessons learned” to the student

What is expected of the student?
Accept the relationship on a temporary basis
Ask the volunteer for suggestions and advice on what is important to know before coming to the U.S.
Listen to the alumna/us; apply at least some of the advice

Fill out the online application if you are interested in becoming an International Alumni Ambassador.

Do alumni have to go through any training?
The life experience of an alumnus is their training. Alumni Ambassadors will receive a Checklist to go through with the student and Admissions volunteers may receive information about the specific event. Otherwise, alumni are encouraged to impart their own wisdom and pass on lessons learned to the student.

Are any volunteer positions paid?
None of the volunteer positions are paid.

What type of background does an alumnus have to have to volunteer?
Alumni from any background and degree are needed. While alumni from all classes are welcome, very often students like to hear from recent graduates.

Does the alumnus volunteer have to be local?
No. Except when there is a need for panelists and speakers, alumni and students can communicate via email, Skype or in-person. How do I apply? Fill out the volunteer application to volunteer application.

How do I give feedback on any of the programs?
Email David Rogers with ideas on how to improve any of the programs, as well as any questions or concerns.