SCM Mentorships


Goals and Objectives:

  1. To match an undergraduate from the Duquesne SCM program with a professional mentor in a supply chain field who is able to offer advice and guidance in pursuing a career in supply chain management.
  2. To equip the student with the insight and tools to make informed and ethical career decisions.
  3. To confirm the student's chosen degree and identify career paths.
  4. To groom the student into a confident graduate with exceptional leadership, teamwork, creative thinking, and interpersonal skills through coaching and feedback.
  5. To provide a source of advice on professional growth, academics, mission and career options in their chosen field.
  6. To provide a forum for the observation, practice and mastery of professional networking skills.
  7. To assist the student in identifying and pursuing employment opportunities related to their degree.
  8. To groom the student to be prepared for job interviews and strengthen their resume.

Commitment by the Mentor and Mentees:

  1. The formal program is approximately eight months in length starting at the beginning of the academic year and concluding at the end of the spring semester. Informal mentoring may continue as long as the mentor and mentee decide to continue the relationship.
  2. Attend formal kickoff meeting typically in September where the program is explained and the mentors meet the mentees.
  3. All other interactions between mentees and mentors or agreed upon between the two parties can be by phone, email or in person. It is recommended to have a minimum of four contacts during the year outside of the organized events. At least two in-person meetings are recommended.
  4. Complete a year-end report of the outcomes of the experience (separately by mentor and mentee).

Additional Commitments for the Mentee:

  1. Attend an office or shop tour of a supply chain operation.
  2. Attend the SCM Supply Chain Connection.
  3. Register with university career services.
  4. Prepare an updated resume.
  5. Attend job fairs on campus.
  6. Participate in mock interviews (when scheduled in the SCM Center). Interviews may be recorded and critiqued.
  7. Join a professional organization related to SCM such as the APICS or ISM.


Mentor: an influential or senior counselor, teacher, sponsor, supporter willing to share advice and experience.
Mentee: person who is guided by a mentor
Mentoring is a relationship between two people with the goal of professional and personal development. The "mentor" is usually an experienced individual who shares knowledge, experience, and advice with a less experienced person or "mentee."

If you are interested in participating in the SCM Mentorship Program, please contact:
John Russo, Associate Director
Center of Excellence in Supply Chain Management