Mission: To enhance the professional skills of Culverhouse students and provide a venue for alumni and friends to invest in the College by enhancing the quality of graduates.

Vision: Provide all Culverhouse students with the opportunity to expand their professional growth and career through a three-component enrichment program. This includes mentoring, job shadowing or information interviews, and professional development workshops.

Benefits for Professionals and Students The program provides a venue for business professionals to expand their network as well as connect and invest in the College and the student body through their time, expertise and financial support. Students will graduate with increased professional skills, enhanced professional growth, an established network as well as knowledge of integrity, ethics and diversity in the workplace. Moreover they are exposed to opportunities for internships and eventual placement. Mentoring The most intensive component of the program, business professionals provide one-on-one mentoring for one academic year, opening doors to possible employment, internship opportunities and networking. Students will work with the mentor to create a strategic plan and initiate contact with their mentor at least once a month. Through this experience, they will acquire business knowledge that will help them compete in today’s employment marketplace.

Shadowing/Informational Interviews/Corporate Visits Students are matched with business sponsors in career fields of interest. The shadowing experience may last one day or up to several weeks. Sponsors introduce their professions and work place, discuss their job responsibilities, provide tours of the workplace, and allow students the opportunity to observe their daily routines.

Professional Development Workshops Programming designed to educate students through professional workshops with potential topics including professional etiquette and dress, resume building, do’s and don’ts of internships, enhancing presentation skills, mock interviews, living and working in major cities, and critical soft skills for today’s successful business executives.

picture for Chris Lancaster and Mark Sloan connecting during a home football game weekend.

Chris Lancaster and Mark Sloan connecting during a home football game weekend.