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PhD Experiential Programs

Community College Diversity Mentoring Program

The UC Berkeley Career Center and Santa Rosa Junior College have collaborated to offer a new  program for grad students interested in exploring diverse careers  in higher education. Mentees were matched with management/staff mentors from SRJC.  Participants gain both mentoring support and an introduction to the range of career paths within higher education. 

The 2021 Program was held virtually during the summer (June 7- August 10) with an initial cohort of 11 participants. Mentees were matched with mentors based on their expressed interest in areas such as:

  • Student Services
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction               
  • Finance & Budget
  • Human Resources
  • Institutional Planning and Research        

Program Elements
- Experiential Component and Knowledge Sharing -
Mentees may engage in projects, case study exercises, observations, and/or program governance activities.  Topics may include: overview of career pathways, best leadership and management practices and the shared governance structure at California community colleges  

- Mentoring Sessions -
Mentor and mentee pairs coordinate their schedules for meetings and professional development activities, typically 1-2 times per month

Eligibility and How to Apply
Currently enrolled UC Berkeley graduate students are eligible.

Information regarding the 2022 program is forthcoming.


PhD Externship Program

The PhD Externship Program is on hold until visits can be conducted in person.  The “Day in the Life” job shadowing experience connects PhD students and postdocs to professionals for an insider view of organizational cultures.