University Career Services believes in the power of a mentor and offers two mentoring programs to our students – E.P.I.C. (Establish Relationships. Promote Possibilities. Impact Direction. Confirm Next Steps.), our first-year peer to peer student program and the Aspire Mentor Program, an alumni mentoring program for juniors who are beginning their professional journey.  Our networking and mentoring programs help students and alumni build mutually rewarding relationships, share knowledge and experience, and expand networks.

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E.P.I.C. (Establish Relationships, Promote Possibilities, Impact Direction, Confirm Next Steps) is a year-long peer to peer mentoring program sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.The goal is to create a community where our first-year students learn from the guidance and wisdom of sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have successfully navigated their first year in college. E.P.I.C. stands for Establish Relationships, Promote Possibilities, Impact Direction, and Confirm Next Steps. The establishment of relationships between first-year and upper-class students will promote the possibilities for the attainment of academic goals and extracurricular involvement at the university.  Further, participation will positively impact the directions of students and help them confirm their next steps on their path toward academic and career success.

How it Works

Students are matched with an upper-level student mentor based on common interests, background, academic and professional aspirations.  To get started, students and mentors complete and online survey to determine preferences.

What types of things do mentors and mentees discuss?

  • How will my major impact my professional options?
  • How do I balance the demands of school, sleep and socializing?
  • How can I set myself up for academic, social and career success?
  • How do I make connections with peers and professional contacts?

First-Year Students (Mentees)

Get started. Find yourself a mentor who will coach and advise you throughout the big stuff and the small stuff. Complete the Interest Form.


  • Connect with peer mentor on an ongoing basis – in person, via text, email, etc.
  • Be open to getting to know/learn with and from a diverse and inclusive group of people who will share their experience navigating their pathway to success

Upper-Level Students (Mentors)

Peer-to-peer mentoring is a positive and helpful experience for both parties.  Be supportive to your fellow students.  Take the survey!


  • Mentor 2-3 first-year student mentees for one academic year
  • Meet with their mentees (first-year students) on an ongoing basis – in person, via text, email, etc.
  • Attend, and encourage their mentee to attend, relevant programs, meetings, workshops and activities.


Want to learn more? Contact Joni O’Hagan at [email protected].


Aspire Mentor Program

The St. John’s University Aspire Mentor Program supports ambitious students who are striving to reach their professional goals through a one-on-one mentor relationship.

The program connects current juniors and successful alumni, providing an opportunity for achievement-oriented career mentorship and professional development. Throughout this year long program, alumni mentors guide their mentees as they work to develop career-related competencies, learn about their industry of interest, and build confidence in their ability to achieve success.

How It Works:

Current juniors are matched with an alumni mentor based on common interests, background, academic and professional aspirations.  Mentors and mentees connect either in person or virtually 1-2 times per month. To get started, students and mentors complete and online survey to determine preferences.

As a mentee you will:

  • Want to learn about career paths of successful alumni
  • Improve leadership and management skills
  • Stay informed about the latest trends in the industry
  • Establish connections with St. John’s alumni

Get Started.

All juniors are invited to complete the Student Interest Form.

All alumni who are interested in participating as a mentor are encouraged to Sign Up to be a Mentor (



Please contact Paulette Gonzalez at [email protected] or 718-990-6521 for assistance.