There are a variety of ways in which Carlson School alumni and friends play a direct role in molding tomorrow’s business leaders through volunteerism. This National Volunteer Month, the Carlson School is shining a spotlight on some of our most dedicated volunteers and showcasing the good they do for the programs and students they assist.

 

Kallie McBride, ‘14 BSB

How did you start getting involved with the Carlson School mentorship program?

I participated, as a mentee, when I was an undergrad while attending the Carlson School. As a student, I really valued the connections I made through the program to experienced business professionals. Volunteering as a mentor was something I always wanted to do after participating for several years in the program as a mentee.

What has been your most rewarding experience to date?

My most rewarding experience to date has been experiencing the Carlson School mentorship program as a first-time mentor. It has been extremely rewarding to see my mentees grow throughout the mentor relationship and I hope to continue to see their professional careers grow.

Do you feel that the mentors can learn as much from the mentees as they learn from you?

I am a firm believer that you can learn from anyone. I’ve learned just as much from my mentees as I have from my mentors.

Why do you feel it’s important to give your time to the Carlson School and its students?

A lot of business professionals volunteered their time and expertise so that I could participate in programs like the Carlson School mentorship program when I was an undergraduate. It was important for me to give back to the school by volunteering. Staying involved helps these exceptional programs continue to be available for current students and gives them valuable life-long experiences.

 

Caitlyn McCarthy, ‘14 BSB

How did you start getting involved with the Carlson School mentorship program?

I was a student in the mentorship program for my Junior and Senior year at Carlson. I learned a lot from my mentor at Carlson. As I finished the experience I knew I would sign up to mentor students as soon as I was in a position to do so.

What has been your most rewarding experience to date?

I've been working with my mentee on skills to help land an internship. My biggest reward was hearing that they got not 1 but 2 offers for internships!

Do you feel that the mentors can learn as much from the mentees as they learn from you?

My mentee is focused in HR while I have a focus in Supply Chain. I have learned a lot from my mentee by discussing what they are currently studying.

Why do you feel it’s important to give your time to the Carlson School and its students?

I'm selfish with my time as we don't have a lot to go around but being a mentor is a benefit to not only the students but myself as well. I'm able to learn about the new trends in business from my mentee and I get to give back to someone else.

 

Interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with the Carlson School? Find out the various ways in which you can get involved.