Pamplin's Undergraduate Mentoring Programs (PUMP)
The mission of the Pamplin Undergraduate Program (PUMP) is to provide support to students with their transition into and through college by connecting them with resources to help them develop academically, personally, and professionally in the classroom and in their careers. Programming at each level is tailored to students in their current academic year and stage of their career readiness. PUMP peer mentors are carefully selected and trained to offer advice and guidance while providing their own student perspective on the Pamplin experience. PUMP also provides opportunities for current students to build relationships and network with notable Pamplin alumni currently working in the business industry. In addition to alumni connections, PUMP provides a series of professional workshops presented by corporate sponsors and potential employers. As an InclusiveVT initiative, the PUMP programs are designed to foster a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming environment to help our students reach success in their undergraduate and post-graduate lives.
We provide workshops that are custom made for students at each year of their college career. As you progress through the program you will learn many different beneficial skills and resources. Our corporate partners provide wonderful opportunities to connect and network with them during these workshops as well. Please checkout the workshop lineup for this coming year here.
All new Pamplin students (including freshmen and transfers) are encouraged to join PUMP. Freshman mentees are paired with an upperclassmen mentor who is excited to help with the transition to Virginia Tech. PUMP provides mentees with academic, social, and professional resources and opportunities so they can have the best possible start to their Pamplin experience. Mentees develop friendships while gaining a better understanding of Virginia Tech, Pamplin, their academic major, and professional opportunities in business. Mentees also participate in exclusive workshops delivered by campus leaders and recruiting companies.
The PUMP mentor position offers exceptional students the opportunity to be both leaders on campus and mentors to new Pamplin students. Mentors are committed to helping their PUMP mentees adjust to life at Virginia Tech and transition to Pamplin academically and socially. The time spent mentoring and coordinating activities varies but usually averages around two to three hours per week.
- Serve as an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer to help first-year students succeed at Virginia Tech and the Pamplin College of Business
- Provide assistance and support for first-year students with a focus on a smooth transition, acclimation, and a sense of belonging
- Help first-year students feel comfortable by being aware of and responsive to their needs and concerns
- Serve as a resource and positive role model for students new to the College
- Participate in monthly professional development workshops
- Attend monthly peer mentor meetings with the PUMP advisor
Mentors have the opportunity to:
- Build close relationships with new students and positively impact students’ Pamplin experiences
- Gain personal and professional leadership experience
- Become recognized as a student leader
- Network with Pamplin alumni and recruiters from Pamplin’s corporate partners
PUMP has provided many opportunities to get ahead in my career field as a freshman and helped me network with Pamplin’s top business partners.” - Nikita Vasudevan, Class of 2022, Finance
PUMP is a program that opens doors for first-year students by exposing them to essential business learning opportunities that other students may not be aware of. It gave me the opportunity to connect with likeminded peers and bridge new relationships amongst them. Apart from that, the mentors in the program offer great advice on any questions or concerns you might encounter during your time in PUMP. I cannot stress enough the value of being in this program brings to business students in making available opportunities you may not otherwise be granted". - Mason Moriarty, Class of 2022, Finance
PUMP helped guide me through freshman year because my mentor was able to offer various study strategies, recommend professors, and answer any other questions I had. Throughout the year, I became closer with my mentoring group as we took classes and studied together. PUMP also allowed me to connect with other freshman business students, faculty, and alumni. My experience as a freshman encouraged me to become a mentor the following year and help more students in their transition to Pamplin. “ - Patrick Fruchterman (PUMP Leadership Team), Class of 2020, Business Information Technology
PUMP has been the best organization I have been a part of at Virginia Tech. Not only did this organization help me in my transition into college, it brought me some of my closest friends and helped me develop skills that I can use in the workplace. I was able to learn from workshops as a mentee, develop management skills from being a mentor, and improve my networking skills while serving on the leadership team.” – Serena Smith (PUMP Leadership Team), Class of 2020, Management and Marketing