Mentorship Program

The Kinesiology Mentorship Program brings together student mentees and alumni mentors for professional development, networking, and career exploration. The program assists students with the transition from university into the professional environment and provides alumni with the opportunity to give back and re-connect with the School of Kinesiology and UBC. The program incorporates face-to-face mentoring with online contact, networking events, and connections to career development resources.

Here’s what past participants had to say about the program:

The Kinesiology Mentorship Program has opened my eyes to the variety of career options available to me as a kinesiology student and what I can do with my degree after I graduate. Noel Lai, Mentee

[The Mentorship Program] is a unique opportunity to learn one on one from key people in your field. I don’t know a successful person who hasn’t had a mentor along the way in his or her industry. Joan Webster, Mentor

As a student mentee, you will:

  • learn more about your field and explore potential career options
  • receive an introduction into the professional environment and start building a professional network
  • have the opportunity to share life experiences and learn form a mentor’s challenges and achievements
  • build and strengthen leadership and communication skills through professional networking opportunities
  • explore and gain clarity on career, academic and personal plans

As an alumni mentor, you will:

  • Hone leadership and mentoring skills
  • Build contacts within your industry and build professional network through mentor community
  • Develop and maintain connections with the School of Kinesiology and UBC
  • Contribute to the future of industry and community by supporting the next generation of leader

By completing the Mentorship Program, you have the opportunity to gain a Certificate of Participation based on your participation and full completion of the program. The experiences gained through earning the certificate will make great additions and supplementation to your professional portfolio and resume.

Students mentees are encouraged to lead the mentorship relationship by initiating contact and meetings.

  • Student mentees and alumni mentors must meet at least once in person per term.
  • Student mentees and alumni mentors must maintain at least one point of contact per month.  This can be over email, phone, skype, etc.
  • Student mentees and alumni mentors must sign the Mentorship Agreement and return to the Mentorship Program Coordinator before beginning the program.

Student mentees are responsible for completing an additional set of program requirements.

Additional suggested elements can include:

  • Create a LinkedIn Profile
  • Conduct an Information Interview with someone recommended by your mentor or someone you find yourself
  • Visit mentor’s workplace and job shadow (this can double as your meet-up with your mentor)
  • Attend a conference, trade-show or other professional development event outside of UBC. You may want to attend with your mentor or with another program participant.
  • Attend the KUS Career Fair
  • Attend one or more professional development workshops put on by UBC
  • Revise cover letter and resume with your mentor

The mentorship relationship is developed over six months, from October to March. The time commitment for mentors is a total of 10-15 hours.
Students are expected to dedicate 20-30 hours to the program in order to complete the program requirements.

Throughout the program, the Mentorship Program Coordinator is available to answer questions, discuss concerns, and provide support. Participants are encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions.
Alumni, mentors, and students, please contact the Student Engagement Officer at

2016/2017 Program Schedule

Date Event
Monday October 10, 2016 Student Mentee Applications Due
Thursday October 20, 2016 12:30 - 1:30 - Student Mentee Training Workshop
WMG room 100
Tuesday October 25th, 2016
Mentorship Kick-off
Thursday January 12, 2017 Professional Development Workshop
Late March, 2017 Mentorship Wrap-up Dinner Reception

How do you get matched?

Matches are based on area of study, academic and career interests, and long-term career goals. The more information you provide in your application form the better we can match you with your mentor.  You will have a great chance to learn about what alumni have done with their KIN (HKIN) degrees.

Who are the mentors anyway?

  • Physical Trainers
  • Business Owners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Fitness Administrators
  • Recreation Facility Managers
  • Physicians / Medical students
  • Physiotherapists
  • College Professors
  • Event Managers
  • Lawyers

When do I apply?

Applications for the 2016-2017 mentorship cycle are now closed. Please check back in the fall for the 2017-2018 cycle.

What if I cannot make a mentorship event?

Program participants are encouraged to attend all mentorship events. If you are unable to attend, please inform the Mentorship Coordinator in advance.

Students, alumni and mentors, please contact the Student Engagement Officer for more information at

Student Mentee Application

Intake is now closed for the 2016-7 academic year.

Alumni Mentor Application

Intake is now closed for the 2016-7 academic year.