Teaching & Learning

with the Next Generation
of HR Leaders

SHRM Foundation

Mentorship Experience & Benefits

HR Professionals that dedicate time to mentoring the next generation of HR leaders are invaluable to students' career development. SHRM's mentorship experiences are designed to support students in sharpening their skills, expanding their professional network, and growing their HR knowledge.

In return, each experience will prove equally rewarding as you:

  • Expand and diversify your talent network.
  • Strengthen your communication and leadership skills.
  • Build confidence through sharing unique professional knowledge and career insights.
  • Earn up to 3 PDCs for participating as a mentor.

Career Connection Events

Our one-time, virtual mentoring events aim to empower future HR leaders with increased industry awareness of career pathways and insights, while also expanding professional networks.

As a mentor, these one-time events, ranging from 60-90 minutes, offer the most flexibility. You can serve as a panelist and/or as a career mentor for a small breakout group during these events.



Virtual Events


Minute Mentoring Sessions
Career Connection Events are facilitated at the local and national level in the following formats:
Pathways & Perspectives

Facilitated panel discussion with Q&A

Learning with Leaders

Regional small group discussions

Focused Connections
Regional HR themed conversations with breakout discussions

HR Talent Accelerator

The HR Talent Accelerator is a four-week virtual experience designed to empower students to apply their classroom knowledge and gain real-world exposure by partnering with HR professionals.

Mentors commit to coaching a small team of students to progress through a project from planning to final presentation. You'll guide your mentees through project challenges, share feedback, and help them reach solutions and goals with confidence. The overall mentor experience in the HR Talent Accelerator is estimated at 1 hour per week.


4 Week

Virtual Experience

60 Minute

Weekly Mentoring Sessions

Mentors participating in the HR Talent Accelerator will support students through four phases:



  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Data Analytics
  • Employee Onboarding
  • HR Talent Development
  • Inclusive Workplaces


As students navigate their assigned project, mentors will help provide direction, feedback, and guidance along the way.



Teams will prepare a final presentation to share with participating peers and mentors.



Engage mentees in self-reflection on their experience, professional growth, and application of knowledge.

HR Career Mentoring

This 1:1 or small-group career mentoring experience pairs a SHRM student member with a SHRM professional member for a three-month virtual mentoring experience.

Students and mentors are matched based on preferences shared on the application and will start the experience with an orientation followed by three monthly coaching and mentoring sessions. These sessions are interactive and will equip students with the tools they need to achieve professional goals.

The overall time commitment for mentors participating in the HR Career Mentoring experience is 4-8 hours throughout the three-month period.


3 Month

Virtual Experience

4-8 hrs

during the 3 month period

People are Talking

The depth and breadth of knowledge that the panelists have. It was a real, honest and transparent conversation filled with so much useful and helpful information.

I was very hesitant to attend today’s mentoring meeting. I had never attended one and I didn't know what to expect. I am so glad I attended. I learned so much from the mentors and the other participants. I felt welcomed and was given great advice.

It was honestly great. I usually hate networking events, but this was really productive and provided a comfortable environment. Thank you!

Smart insights, engaging speakers and facilitator, interesting questions for panelists.


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