The MEHA Student Committee is looking for volunteers to serve in a mentor program connecting environmental and public health students from participating institutions (UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, University of Minnesota, St. Catherine’s University and Hamline University) with working professionals. Mentors will commit to a year of contact with their student, responding to questions about work in environmental and public health, career options and opportunities, education paths, etc. The goal of the program is to increase student membership in MEHA and provide a networking opportunity for students studying environmental and public health. Pairing of mentors and mentees will occur virtually over the lunch period during the 2021 MEHA spring conference.
Program Participation Commitments:
- Anyone interested in becoming a mentor must attend the MEHA spring conference on May 13, 2021.
- Mentors must provide their email and phone numbers to mentees.
- Minimum time commitment of ~3 hours (see time commitment details below).
- After the year-long commitment (at the following MEHA conference), mentors can choose to participate in the program again and be assigned a new mentee, or can opt out of participating.
Estimated Time Commitments:
- At the MEHA spring conference, mentors will meet students for 45 minutes over the lunch period in a virtual break-out room. *Total time commitment: 45 minutes.
- After the conference, the professional-student pair will receive an email every three months from one of the MEHA Student Committee co-chairs. Emails will include a question or set of questions to initiate dialogue between the mentor and mentee. Example questions may be “how should students prepare for the REHS exam?” or “what is the best way to prepare for interviewing with a health department?” Mentors are expected to discuss the question(s) with their mentee either by email, telephone, or in person and respond to any follow-up questions the mentee may have *Total time commitment: one-half hour every three month for 12 months.
Comments from past participants:
- “I enjoyed getting to meet an interested student that became a good intern for our department.”
- “It was ‘fun’ to meet students in the program and to see how they think, what their interests area, what they are studying”
- “I think the mentor program was great, overall. Definitely a program that is beneficial to both students and mentors.”