King School Alumni

Partnerships Program

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King School Alumni Partnerships – Getting Started 

The Alumni Office is excited to announce its inaugural King Alumni Partnerships Program. This is a mentor/mentee program designed for our alumni body to connect with one another in the fields that we are so passionate about. A number of alumni have already signed-up to be mentors for our alumni in college and we would love to have more. To sign-up please email us here and/or sign-up on King School Connect.

If you’re a member of the Class of 2016, 2017, or 2018 and are looking for career advice, resume tips, or best practices for tackling an interview, then this is the program for you! As a mentee, we will match you with a mentor who will not only share insights into the field that you are looking to pursue, but also help alleviate any stresses/anxieties that come with entering the workforce by answering your questions and sharing their story.


By March 1 we will look to solidify our first round of mentors and mentees and begin our first Partnership program. The program will run for a six month period. We will have mentee conference calls and mentor conference calls sprinkled throughout the six months, however mentors and mentees will take primary initiative to build their relationship with one another. We ask our mentors and mentees to connect three to five times over a six month period, either by phone, email, or in-person. 

Role of Mentor 

  • Share experiences and advice 
  • Assist with setting goals and plans 
  • Identify opportunities for learning and growth 
  • Listen and act as a sounding board 
  • Provide feedback 
  • Be an accountability partner 
  • Introduce mentee to others 
  • Foster relationship of trust and mutual benefit 
  • Communicate expectations and needs 
  • Stay in touch with King School Alumni Office throughout the program 

Role of Mentee 

  • Take initiative in outreach to mentor 
  • Identify and share goals for the program 
  • Share progress, questions, new learning, goal-shifts, etc. 
  • Seek ways to give back 
  • Reflect on and discuss your mentor’s experience and advice, and share your own 
  • Prepare for meetings and discussion 
  • Be accountable 
  • Foster relationship of trust and mutual benefit 
  • Communicate expectations and needs 
  • Stay in touch with King School Alumni Office throughout the program 

Before Your First Meeting: Mentee Goal-Setting and Reflection Questions 

  • What would you like to work on in the next 6 months? 
  • In what ways are you satisfied and dissatisfied with your personal and professional growth? 
  • What groups, networks, or relationships could be valuable to you in the next year? What help and guidance do you need to develop those relationships? 
  • What vision do you have for your life in 6 months? 1 year? 3 years? How will you get there? 

First Conversation Tips 

  • Get to know one other professionally and personally
  • Set goals for the program and discuss possible areas of focus 
  • Ask how you can be of help and guidance 
  • Communicate expectations you each have for the program 
  • Discuss preferred methods and frequency of communication throughout the program 

Not Sure What to Work on Together? A few Ideas… 

  • Preparing for interviews 
  • Negotiating salary 
  • Getting ready for an annual review 
  • Being a part of a professional association 
  • Job Shadowing 
  • Interpersonal skills (e.g. confidence, articulating value, effective communication, public speaking) 
  • Developing a network (Create a networking “wish list” and work together to make connections) 
  • Prioritizing, managing time, handling stress, and balancing workload effectively 
  • Setting up a plan of short- and long-term goals 


"Through the Alumni Partnerships Program, I got the opportunity to talk with two great King alumni who work in the broadcast industry. I first chatted with Janeane Bernstein LHT’84, who helped me come up with the idea of launching the Sports Media Summer Seminar this summer at King. Later, I got to meet Colin McQuilkin KLHT’08, who’s a Produce/Director at KHQ-TV and SWX-TV in Spokane, WA. He gave me a lot of great insight of what people in his position look for in a good on-air talent. He was even gracious enough to join in on one of our classes!" – Brandon Ross ’17