Tips for Composing Mentorship Requests

After you find a mentor and decide to request mentorship, be sure to include relevant details in your message to your potential mentor. The message doesn’t need to be long but it does need to include information that will be important to your mentor as they decide to accept or decline your request. Use these tips as guidelines while you compose your message and feel free to add additional information if you think it is important to note. Click here to see a couple Sample Mentorship Request emails:

  • Address the mentor: Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr. [Mentor’s Name]
  • Introduce yourself
    • First and last name
    • Degree or certificate you are working towards completing or have completed
    • Identify which mentor program you are interested in participating in:
      • CSU-Global Alumni Mentor Program OR
      • Flash Mentor Program
    • Brief career/education background
  • Why are you requesting them to be your mentor?
    • Professional experience
    • Academic experience
    • Other
  • What do you hope to gain from a mentor relationship?
    • Goals you have after or since completing your degree/certificate and how a mentor relationship will help you achieve them.
    • Are you looking for anything specific? This area is particularly relevant when requesting a mentor for the Flash Mentor Program.
      • Gain insight into an industry
      • Mock interview
      • Informational interview
      • Career advice
      • Resume review
      • Other
  • Close your request
    • Let your mentor know the best times to reach you and the best way to contact you:
      • Email
      • Phone
    • Thank your potential mentor for their consideration
    • Sincerely [First and last name]