The Regional Business Council Mentorship Network

September 1, 2010

The Regional Business Council of St. Louis is offering freshman, sophomore & junior level engineering students the opportunity to meet with and learn from high level executives and engineers in the region’s top companies as part of the RBC Mentor Network. Five students will be selected by the RBC to participate in the mentor program and five students will be selected as alternates. Applications are due Friday, September 3rd.

Why Students Should Apply

Mentors can provide guidance in the following areas:

  • Transitioning from college to work
  • Becoming a leader
  • Applying for and getting that dream job
  • Information and/or contacts in the St. Louis job market

Students in the Mentor Network receive a wide variety of benefits including:

  • A unique introduction to the St. Louis business community.
  • One-on-one meetings with the St. Louis region’s top business leaders and access to senior level executives.
  • Advice and counseling on career related topics.
  • A number of opportunities to network with their mentor and other RBC members through events such as the Fall and Spring Receptions.

Applicant Qualifications

The applicant must be a current Parks College engineering student in good standing and in their freshman, sophomore or junior year.  A combination of factors will be used to select participants including work experience, extracurricular involvement, volunteer work, and GPA. Students must be interested in staying in the St. Louis area upon graduation.

How to Apply

Click here to download the application. Complete and submit the application and a copy of your resume to MDD 1004. Applicants must also submit an electronic version of the resume to  Deadline for submission of all documents: Friday, September 3rd, no later than NOON. 

Five students will be selected by the RBC to participate in the mentor program and five students will be selected as alternates. Alternates participate in all events throughout the year; however, they will not be assigned a mentor for a one-on-one mentoring relationship. The RBC will do its best to match the five selected students to a mentor in the industry of the student’s choice.

Selected students will be notified by September 13th. Participants will be expected to attend the required orientation on October 5, 2010.

Student Experiences

“My mentor was very helpful in sending my resume to several companies/business partners that he works with. If it wasn’t for him, I would not have had the opportunity to interview with some of the companies.” -Mentor Network Student

“I learned to look at a wider range of opportunities and my mentor introduced me to additional people in order to help build my network.” -Mentor Network Student

“Through the direct involvement of our CEOs, we will introduce students to many of the successful mid-cap companies located in our sixteen counties and the excellent opportunities that await them as members of the St. Louis region’s workforce.”  -Clark Davis, Vice Chairman, HOK Group, Inc.

About the RBC and the Mentor Network

The Regional Business Council is a consortium of 100 Presidents and CEOs of some of the region’s largest mid-cap companies. The mission of the RBS is to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic efforts for the betterment of the St. Louis region. RBC companies are headquartered in the region and have a vested interest in its development. 

The Mentor Network matches engineering and business students with RBC executives who can share experiences and provide students with real world knowledge, and insight into the opportunities that exist in the region. 

The African-American Corporate Network is a program for African-American students in the Mentor Network which highlights the many professional and cultural opportunities available in the region.

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