The SSP Alumni Mentor Program helps current students cultivate a network of contacts in the professional security community. Students that sign up for the program are assigned to a participating SSP alumnus or alumna who is employed in a security subfield or organization in which the student has expressed an interest. Ideally, the mentor relationship begins during the student’s first semester and progresses to the point where the mentor can make specific career suggestions, serve as a reference, and help the student forge additional professional relationships.

How to Register

An application form will be distributed directly to students at the start of each semester. In order to participate, students will be encouraged to schedule a meeting with Payton Tanner to discuss their career goals. In addition, students will be required to submit a resume and complete an application form.

For alumni interested in participating as a mentor in this program, applications will be open in August and December. An email will be sent out at those times, but please feel free to contact Payton Tanner at to express your interest at any time of the year!

Once a student has been put into contact with an alumni mentor, both parties are expected to make a good-faith effort to cultivate the relationship. The student-alumni mentor experience can be an extremely rewarding, but like any good relationship, it requires an investment of time and energy.