BSEL Scholars Mentoring Program

BSEL Scholars Mentoring Program

The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) Undergraduate Scholars Mentoring Program is a nine-month mentoring and skills-building experience for a group of rising juniors and seniors who are engaged in social innovation.

Program Eligibility
This program is open to all undergraduate juniors and seniors at USC. We seek students who:

  • Think broadly about the "wicked problems" facing the world and see themselves as agents of change in responding to these problems.
  • Have considered starting or building a social impact venture. Applicants may be grappling with the first seeds of an idea or may already be at work creating a student organization or program at USC, a community organization, a global organization, or a movement.
  • Enjoy learning from other people, especially those who have different life experiences.
  • Pursue opportunities for self-reflection and growth.

Note: Students who plan to study abroad during the 2017–2018 academic year are not eligible for the program.


  • Professional advice from successful social entrepreneurs. (A list of past mentors can be found here.)
  • Knowledge, competence and leadership skills relevant to launching and leading social ventures.
  • An invitation to a formal meal with all mentors and mentees.
  • At least two one-on-one meetings with a mentor.
  • A career shadowing day with a mentor.
  • Access to the BSEL student and professional network and advising from BSEL staff.
  • A community of like-minded student social entrepreneurs offering feedback and support.


  • Participate in a day-long orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  • Attend a group dinner with mentors in September (date to be given at orientation).
  • Engage fully in regular cohort meetings (approximately five to six hours per month). Cohort meetings are experiential and assume that you are highly motivated to be part of an active learning community.
  • Schedule and attend private meetings with mentors.
  • Attend an end-of-the-year event (usually held the last week in April or first week of May).
  • Serve as official ambassadors of BSEL within and outside of the USC community. This means identifying publicly as a BSEL Scholar and prioritizing attendance at other BSEL opportunities, including Lunch & Learn lectures, site visits and networking events.

Application Process
To apply, please submit (1) your current resume and (2) your responses to the following prompts:

  • Describe your social venture in detail. At what stage is your venture? What are your plans for your social venture after graduation from USC?
  • What does mentoring mean to you?
  • Fill in the blank: "I'd get arrested protesting _____________." (Explain.)
  • Fill in the blank: "The one thing I'd change about USC is _____________." (Explain.)
  • How do you plan to spend your time in the 12 months following graduation?
  • Have you taken BAEP 491: Social Entrepreneurship and/or BAEP 471: Social Innovation Design Lab?

Applications for the 2017–2018 academic year are due to Michelle Chow by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in Bridge Hall, Rm. 105.

Contact Information
For questions and additional information, contact Michelle Chow, BSEL program specialist.


2014-2015 Scholars Orientation
2014-2015 BSEL Scholars Orientation


2013-2014 BSEL Scholars Orientation
2013-2014 BSEL Scholars Orientation


2012-2013 BSEL Scholars and Senior Fellows Reception
2012-2013 BSEL Scholars and Senior Fellows Reception


2011-2012 BSEL Scholars Orientation
2011-2012 BSEL Scholars Orientation