Pamplin’s Undergraduate Mentoring Programs (PUMP) assists incoming freshmen, internal transfer, and transfer 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 freshman and transfer students while providing their own student perspective on the Pamplin education. This program provides opportunities to learn about personal and professional leadership as well as other aspects of the business career.
Freshmen and Internal Transfer Peer Mentees are required to meet with their small group (grouped by major if possible) two hours per week for group study sessions and one hour a week for a social activity.
Transfer mentees are required to meet with their small group (grouped by major if possible) one hour a week for a social activity and one hour a week for study hours.
PUMP also provides a series of professional workshops for Peer Mentees and Peer Mentors. These professional workshops will have topics such as choosing a major, resume and personal branding, interviewing and networking. Peer Mentees will obtain the Pamplin Career Readiness Certification on completion of the program.
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 a monthly workshop, mentors organize study groups with their PUMP students, plan dinners and Blacksburg area outings, and participate in campus events. 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 want to help others avoid some of the mistakes you made during your first semester, please read the “Responsibilities, Qualifications, Training Requirements and Benefits” below:
Peer mentors have the opportunity to:
PUMP Transfer Peer Mentor Applications will be available in the spring semester: Click here to complete the online Transfer Peer Mentor application.
All PUMP Transfer Peer Mentor applicants are required to submit one (1) University Faculty/Staff letter of recommendation, commenting on your character and your ability to be an effective role model/mentor to younger students.
Applications to become a peer mentor will be available in the spring semester of each school year. Candidates will be selected for interviews based upon the strength of their applications and letter of recommendation. Selected students will receive an email with the time, date, and further information on what to expect. Bring a copy of your resume to your interview.
For more information, contact Assistant Director of Student Success Programs,
Megan Parker at email@example.com or 540-231-3389.
Peer Mentees are first year students (freshmen and transfer students) in any major within the Pamplin College of Business. Newly admitted students can apply to be a Peer Mentee.
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