BSEL Undergraduate 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.
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 cannot study abroad during the year they plan 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 in August. (Orientation is typically held the Sunday before the start of the fall semester.)
- 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.
Applications for the 2018–2019 academic year are now closed. Information for the 2019–2020 application cycle will be released in the spring.
For questions and additional information, contact Michelle Chow, BSEL program specialist.
Below is the current cohort of BSEL Scholars. For a full list of previous Scholars, please click here.