CFANS Mentor Program

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Each year, the award-winning CFANS Mentor Program matches approximately 200 students with alumni and industry professionals who share valuable career insights and guidance.  Through this program of the CFANS Alumni Society, students explore possible career paths,  learn how to build their professional networks, and enhance their professional skills. 

For CFANS students

Student applications for the 2017-18 Mentor Program are now open. Apply here! The deadline for the 2017-18 program is September 25, 2017. Contact the Mentor Program Committee at for more information.

The Mentor Program is open to all enrolled CFANS students, both undergraduate and graduate. As a student participant, you will identify goals for career exploration and take the initiative to communicate regularly and openly about these goals with your mentor. Mentors will serve as a resource and provide career insights and guidance. You will connect with your mentor once per month for an hour, November-May. Learn more about how to become a student participant in the mentor program.

For alumni & friends

Mentor registration for the Mentor Program is available year-round. Apply here! 
Returning mentors: Update your mentor profile!

As a mentor, you will serve as a resource and guide your student as they work towards their program goals. You will connect with your student once per month for at least one hour, November-May, and host a half-day job-shadow (or arrange for one.) 

Volunteer mentors are made up of both alumni and non-alumni professionals.  Mentors represent a variety of local, national, and international organizations, including CHS Inc., Land O'Lakes, United FCS, Bellisio Foods, Cargill, the MN Department of Agriculture, the MN Department of Natural Resources, Target, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and many, many more. 

Student career interest areas encompass a wide range, which include: Animal Science, Plant Science, Food Science and Nutrition, Agricultural and Food Business & Sales, Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, Ag and Environmental Education, and much more.

Learn more about how to become a mentor to a CFANS student.