IB Alliance Mentor Program
The International Business Alliance (IBA) student group launched its flagship Mentor Program in 1992. Under the auspices of the Institute of International Business, the IBA matches each student to a seasoned international professional who brings a wealth of experience and insight to the practice of international business.
The goal of the Mentor Program is to provide students the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with an international business professional in the student’s chosen field of study. In order to allow the students more time to establish productive relationships, the program will continue to span five months from January to May.
Mentor Program Objectives
The program’s objective is to prepare graduate business students to become future international business leaders by linking them with senior business leaders who already have extensive experience in various international business fields and are committed to sharing with the next generation.
The college recognizes the importance of producing graduates who can:
- Lead and accept responsibility for taking the initiative
- Acquire an integrative view of both the organization and its environment
- Develop a sense of community with other business professionals
Professional individuals can actively participate in a student’s graduate school experience through their involvement in our IBA’s Mentor Program. Graduate students acquire business insight, not merely a classroom education, through their interaction and friendship with a designated mentor.
Mentor Program Application Process
All applicants must be enrolled in a master’s program*, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have a projected graduation date of May 2014 or later. If this is not true for you, you must contact Dr. Loch directly to discuss your situation. A complete application includes the following components (see the application form for protegés):
- Application form
- Statement of interest
- International certificate of achievement questions
- Current resume
Please submit the completed application and your resume to
Mentor Program, International Business Alliance
- Application Deadline
- November 12, 2013
Incomplete applications will not be processed. Limited spaces available; apply early.
- Application Fee
- $80 (payable to IBA – Georgia State University)
MBA Advantage Points available!
*If you are an undergraduate student with a strong, demonstrated evidence of international interest and/or experience, and would like to be considered for the Mentor Program, contact Dr. Loch »
Frequently Asked Questions
- Attend all group program events
- Communicate with their mentors by phone, email, or face to face at least once a month
- Listen and provide candid feedback about the student and her situation, capabilities, and aspirations
- Provide guidance about career goals and how to attain them, based on the mentor's own experience and perspectives
- Model her own brand of business values and success by sharing information about her career, the system she has experienced, and how it works
- Provide an in-depth understanding of her current work environment and its features
- Expose the mentee to the mentor's perspectives on the business world
- Take responsibility for bringing job and career issues to his/her mentor for discussion
- Give the mentor as complete a picture as possible of her situation and concerns
- Prepare for each meeting by planning what he/she would like to discuss
- Listen to and act upon feedback about himself/herself and career options