WINGS Mentoring Program
About the Program
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Women's Leadership and the Center for Women and Work, Women Investing in and Guiding Students (WINGS) is an eight month college-to-career mentoring program designed to link selected undergraduate Rutgers women with successful professionals. Students accepted into WINGS are eligible to receive one credit offered by the Labor Studies department of the School of Management & Labor Relations issued at the end of the spring semester of the program year.
WINGS provides an opportunity to:
- Build a network of valuable professional connections
- Attend professional development workshops
- Have the opportunity to explore a field of interest through exposure to a professional woman in that field
- Gain an understanding about workplace culture, organizational structure, and work/life balance issues
Our corporate partners provide funding, leadership and mentoring expertise to make the program possible. Partners have included Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, PSEG and Wells Fargo.
Each company hosts a Kick Off event where mentees find out about what mentoring is from the company's point of view. They get to meet their mentors, discuss their goals and objectives as well as their expectations for the upcoming year and set up a meeting schedule.
Resume Writing & Mock Interviews
To help students stand out while applying for internships and jobs, we bring in company recruiters to share what they look for in a candidate. The students learn about resume do’s and don’ts, interviewing tips, and the next steps to take once receiving an offer. They also have the opportunity to practice interviewing with mentors and gain insight on how to handle tough interview questions.
Presentation Skills Workshop
After a short review on presentation do's and don’ts from a professional public speaking coach, WINGS mentees get to practice their public speaking skills and receive immediate feedback and advice for improvement.
This workshop allows students to help develop their “brand.” Students learn about the importance of developing an “elevator pitch”, creating a roadmap for their career, and maintaining an image that will help them achieve their goals.
WINGS Networking Social
This event brings together mentors and mentees from all the participating companies and allows students to exercise their networking skills.
This personal finance workshop is a favorite among students and mentors alike. It explores how to budget and save for big purchases and exposes students to terminology used in managing personal finances and saving for the future.
How demanding is this program for time?
The WINGS program requires a relatively small commitment of time over the course of the one academic year. There are 6-9 program events and workshops that you are expected to attend during the academic year. The number of events varies by sponsor. These events usually occur once or twice a month, and last about 3 hours (excluding transportation time for those events held on-site at your sponsor's corporate offices).
Outside of these events and workshops, the one-on-one mentoring relationships are not structured. It is up to the mentor-mentee pair to determine by what means (in-person, email, phone, etc.) and how frequently they will interact. However, we strongly recommend and encourage face-to-face interaction between the mentor-mentee pairs as often as possible.
What if an event or workshop is scheduled during the time I have class?
You are still expected to attend WINGS program events. When this happens, you can request a letter from the Program Coordinator written to your professor, informing her/him about the event and asking her/him to excuse your absence from class. We often receive emails from professors confirming that their students are excused and that they think it's wonderful their students participate in programs like WINGS. You should discuss any scheduling conflicts with your professor.
I work part-time and might be scheduled to work during an event. Should I still apply?
Yes, you should still apply - holding a part-time job will not automatically exclude you from consideration for the program. However, if you are selected to participate, you will be given a calendar listing all WINGS events and workshops and you will be asked to make arrangements with your employer in advance to attend these events. You will not be excused from an event or workshop because you failed to request time off in advance.
How do I communicate with my mentor?
The communication methods utilized in mentor-mentee pairs vary based on the comfortability of the mentors and mentees. When you meet with your mentor, you should discuss what communication methods work best.
I am in the Honors College or in an honors program. Do you think it is feasible to balance the demands of both the WINGS Program and the Honors College or honors program?
Yes, absolutely! The WINGS Program does not currently entail an academic curriculum, so there are no weekly assignments, exams, etc. The only obligation you will have as a participant is to attend the program's formal events and skills workshops, and interact with your mentor as often as you both agree.
I am a part-time student. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, part-time students are still eligible to apply, and will need to meet the same requirements as full-time students for acceptance into the program. This means you will still be required to attend all WINGS program events and workshops.
Who should apply:
Students who are going into their sophomore, junior, senior, or 5th year in the 2020-2021 academic year with a 2.5 GPA or higher should apply. Students graduating in January 2021 are not eligible for the program. All majors are welcome.
- Students must commit to meeting and communicating with their assigned mentor
- Students are expected to attend all program events and workshops. Students cannot miss more than two events during the program.
- Students who want to receive the one credit must register for the Short Topics on Work one credit course in the spring semester of the program year
How to apply:
To apply to the program please submit the following:
- Application (See the link below)
- Your resume
- Short essay reflecting on what you would like to achieve from participating in the program
- One letter of recommendation from a professor, an employer, an adviser, or someone who can speak to your academic capacity, work ethic, and character
The completed application including the application form, resume, and essay should be sent via email to Ludine Daux. The application deadline is May 1.
Please Note: The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the "WINGS Mentoring Program Selection Committee” and must be sent directly from the recommender to Ludine Daux, WINGS Program Coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail.