Mentors in DPCS are Dartmouth alumni/ae or spouses who have committed to helping undergraduates during their DPCS internship. Mentors have a wide variety of professional backgrounds and life experiences, and are often directly affiliated with a community service organization (CSO). If you are interested in being a mentor please fill out our Mentor Interest Survey.

  • Mentoring is what you make of it.
  • DPCS provides the opportunity.
  • You provide the commitment.
  • To learn about a unique mentoring experience at the New England Baptist hospital see the following Power Point presentation.
  • If you have been a mentor or will become one, we thank you for your service and hope you will reap the potential rewards mentoring offers.


WHAT YOU SHOULD DO (when an intern is assigned to you)

  1. Contact the student by e-mail or telephone in Hanover before he or she leaves campus for the internship to agree on when and whereto meet. (e.g., the CSO’s facilities, your office, a restaurant, or your home).
  2. Meet at the beginning of the internship to discuss (a) the student’s internship goal and objectives; (b) the plan to achieve the goal; (c) your shared expect-ations of your mentor/intern relationship; and (d) when and how you should meet or talk during his or her internship.
  3. Meet in the middle of the internship to (a) discuss progress and challenges, and (b) provide support as needed. Be as available as possible - either by phone or e-mail - in case you or the intern wants to have additional meetings.
  4. Meet at the end of the internship to (a) debrief; (b) discuss the interns’ evaluation of the internship and identify new learning, including if and how this experience fit into the student’s academic program and planned future; and (c) compare your respective conclusions and perceptions of the program.


  1. Guide the intern in his/her own personal growth with personal experience and knowledge .
  2. Inspire the intern to be an independent proactive thinker and doer.
  3. Promote innovation in the intern’s work and challenging the intern to stretch beyond his or her “comfort zone.”
  4. Encourage the intern to challenge his/her beliefs and perspective.
  5. Share real life stories of success and failure.


  • Your rewards will be largely determined by the quality of your time and effort and how willing the intern is to share and be mentored.
  • The vast majority of mentors are pleased with their mentoring experiences.
  • And each student intern thanks you for helping them address one of the problems facing our society today.


They encouraged me to
look for small victories;
at this moment, I am
achieving one of those...

DPCS Intern