Pamplin’s Undergraduate Mentoring Programs (PUMP) assist incoming students with their college transition by providing positive academic, professional, and social environments outside of the classroom. PUMP peer mentors are selected and trained to offer academic advice and guidance to incoming students while providing their own student perspective on the Pamplin experience. PUMP also provides a series of professional workshops for peer mentees and peer mentors. These professional workshops will include topics such as building your brand, networking, and interviewing.
The PUMP peer mentor position offers exceptional students the opportunity to be both leaders on campus and mentors to new students participating in the PUMP program. Mentors are committed to helping their PUMP students adjust to life at Virginia Tech.
In addition to attending monthly professional workshops, mentors coordinate social activities with their mentee group and provide coverage for mentee study hall hours. The time spent mentoring and preparing for activities varies but usually averages around four to five hours per week.
If you are interested in making a positive impact on first-year students and helping others to avoid some of the mistakes you made during your first year at Virginia Tech, please read the “Responsibilities,” “Benefits,” and “Application Requirements” sections below:
Peer mentors have the opportunity to:
The peer mentor application process for the 2017-2018 academic year position is complete.
The deadline to apply for the PUMP peer mentor position for the 2017-2018 academic year has passed.
Any new freshman or transfer student in the Pamplin College of Business is eligible to join PUMP as a peer mentee.
More details are provided in the peer mentor registration survey.
The deadline to register as a PUMP mentee for the 2017-2018 academic year has passed.
PUMP definitely eased my transition from high school into Pamplin. Not only was my mentor helpful in that she gave me tips on how to succeed in my classes, but she also created opportunities to study and socialize with other mentees. Through PUMP, I was additionally able to meet and befriend a great group of dedicated people who share a passion for studying business. – Brittany Rosenthal Class of 2017, Accounting and Information Systems
PUMP was a great program to get involved with during my first year at Virginia Tech. Besides the helpful workshops and designated study sessions, my favorite part of the program was growing closer to the others in my mentoring group by meeting up, studying together, and going out to dinner. My involvement with PUMP helped me get to know a number of great individuals, know what to expect throughout my freshman year, and know what to expect in my future at Virginia Tech! – Jean-Luc Ford, Class of 2015 President, Marketing Management
PUMP is one of the BEST programs that I have been in so far at Tech; it has bonded me with many driven and talented individuals as well as several faculty members. I truly do not think that my freshman experience here would be the same if it were not for this opportunity! – Michelle Fultz, Class of 2017, Management