BSEL Scholars Mentoring Program

BSEL Scholars Mentorship Program

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

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.
  • Engage with their communities in meaningful ways.
  • Enjoy learning from other people, especially those who have different life experiences.
  • Pursue opportunities for self-reflection and growth.

Note: As this is a highly experiential program, students studying abroad during the 2018–2019 academic year are not eligible to participate.


  • Mentorship from leading social impact professionals and social entrepreneurs. (A list of past mentors can be found here.)
  • Professional and personal development workshops to foster competence and leadership skills relevant to social impact careers.
  • 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.
  • Membership in a cohort of like-minded students offering feedback and support.


  • Participate in a day-long orientation on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.
  • Attend a group dinner with mentors in early September (date to be given at orientation).
  • Engage fully in monthly cohort meetings and BSEL events (approximately five to six hours per month). 
  • Schedule and attend 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:

  • What area(s) of social impact are you passionate about?
  • What does mentoring mean to you?
  • Fill in the blank: "I'd get arrested protesting _____________." (Explain.)
  • Imagine waking up 20 years from now. What have you accomplished since graduating from college?
  • Have you taken BAEP 491: Social Entrepreneurship and/or BAEP 471: Social Innovation Design Lab?

*Responses to each question need not exceed one paragraph.

Applications for the 2018–2019 academic year are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Applications may be emailed to Michelle Chow or dropped off in Bridge Hall, Rm. 105.

Information Session
Want to learn more? An information session will be held on campus on Tuesday, April 3, 2–3 p.m. Click here to register.

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



2017-2018 BSEL Scholars Orientation
2017-2018 BSEL Scholars Orientation


2016-2017 BSEL Scholars Orientation
2016-2017 BSEL Scholars Orientation


Scholars Orientation 2015
2015-2016 BSEL Scholars Orientation
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