CEO connects students with RIC alumni who are experienced in their fields and offers personal and professional development opportunities that prepare students to be career ready on "day one".
RIC alumni share their experiences, networks, and job opportunities with students through:
one-on-one mentor meetings
to help them plan their career path. The benefits are priceless. Students gain access to a regional and national network of industry leaders and a mentor, within their desired job field, while developing increased job and social skills that are essential for professional growth.
Thank You to Our Partners!
The Career Empowerment Opportunity (CEO) Program is proudly funded by the Papitto Opportunity Connection Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting Rhode Island's Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community by investing in education, job skills training and entrepreneurial ventures.
It is because of the Papitto Foundation that we have been able to provide a $500 career builder grant to every student, in Cohort 4, who completes the CEO Program successfully!
The Rhode Island College Alumni Association is proud to partner with MENTOR Rhode Island, a local Non-Profit Organization dedicated to providing quality mentoring services and looked to as the statewide mentoring resource.
MENTOR Rhode Island conducts the Mentor and Mentee orientations for the CEO program and provides ongoing support with relationship management using evidence-based best practices for mentoring.
The Rhode Island College Alumni Association is also proud to partner with Leadership Rhode Island, whose mission is to engage and connect people through shared experiences that contribute to the transformation of individuals, organizations, and communities in the State of Rhode Island.
Answers to Common Questions about the CEO Program
Absolutely! We recruit mentors who live in and outside of the State of Rhode Island who are virtual participants in the program. Some students actually prefer a virtual mentor.
One year. This year, the program kicks off in the month of February 2023 and ends in February 2024 with a few fun events following the last program session during the months of March and April.
Yes! If you would like to mentor more than one student, please indicate this in the mentor application.
During the interview process, we ask a series of questions to help determine a great match. We understand that many of our applicants would like to be matched with someone they can relate to or identify with, but we also encourage everyone to keep an open mind. Once a match has been determined, both the mentor and mentee will be informed and connected via email.
In order to be accepted into the program, you must be a current sophomore, junior, or senior with a 2.5 GPA or above.
Mentor and Mentee Testimonials
Program Requirements for Mentors
RIC alumni mentors are paired with students. These relationships are expected to include one-on-one monthly meetings in person and or virtual/phone
Monthly workshops are held on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for students in the program. Guest speakers will present on various topics including goal setting, conflict resolution, digital literacy, personal branding, and more!
Site-based networking lunches on Friday afternoons, called Lunch N' Learns, across Rhode Island where students will learn about careers and get an inside look at the organization.
Program Calendar (2022-2023)
The CEO program calendar will span across two semesters, a completion of one academic year (span of 12 months).
Program events include:
Kickoff Celebration - pairing mentors with students