ELM Environmental Leadership Mentoring

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ELM's mission is to help Yale F&ES students grow professionally through the guidance and advice of alumni, helping them to become environmental leaders and managers in today's world.
The Career Development Office manages an annual mentoring program that helps F&ES students in their final year at the School grow professionally by matching them with a mentor in their career field. The ELM program is an excellent opportunity fors students to develop skills and abilities through the guidance of a F&ES alum.

Benefits of Becoming an ELM Mentee

  • Expand your professional network
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Gain exposure to job search tips and strategies 
  • Develop a long-term and meaningful relationship with a professional in your career field
  • Learn key professional skills needed in your field


  • Complement your academics with professional development
  • Be reflective about your personal growth
  • Get on-the-ground insight into your career field
  • Learn about key employers in your career field
Registration is closed for the 2014-2015 academic year and will re-open in August 2015 for returning graduate students in their final-year at F&ES.
ELM is a terrific way to formally engage students with F&ES alumni. The alumni network is a big reason why I chose Yale F&ES
— Gordon Clark M.E.M ‘07
Alumnus Bryan Goldberg and students 6 inch
Photo: Kathy Douglas
F&ES Alumni Board President Brian Goldberg, M.E.M. ’03, networking with students after an alumni panel in Kroon Hall.

Getting Matched and Reaching Out to Your ELM Mentor

  • Students entering their final year at F&ES are invited complete the on-line application. Registration is now closed and will reopen for the Class of 2016 graduates in August
  • Students will be matched to an ELM Mentor by October 1 of their final year at F&ES. Alumni and students will be matched based upon commonalities listed in their online applications e.g., career field, diversity, location, etc.
  • Once a match is made a notification email will be sent to the student including an overview of the mentor’s background and contact information, as well as a copy of the ELM Agreement. The ELM Agreement should be completed, signed and dated during the initial conversation. The purpose of the agreement is to define guidelines and set expectations for both parties
  • Students initiate contact by sending an introductory email to their mentor within 48 hours of receiving the notification email *Include in the message your most up-to-date resume and LinkedIn profile*
Students are matched to one ELM Mentor per-year. This unique one-on-one matching allows for both the mentor and mentee to give one another their undivided attention and time, creating a mutually beneficial relationship.

Sample Monthly Timeline for Mentor/Mentee Interaction

Below is a sample timeline we welcome you use when formalizing goals and expectations for the year. 

Complete the ELM Mentoring Agreement and formalize expectations and goals
Learn about one another's backgrounds and F&ES experiences
Consult on coursework and relevancy to future planning with your mentor
Work with your mentor to develop a networking strategy for the school year
Discuss the timeframe of job postings for your career field
Review your extra-curricular activities
Work with your mentor to cultivate sources for informational interviewing
Practice the art of teling a compelling professional story
Review professional network and strategize about connecting with employers and alumni during winter break and early in the spring semester
Reflect and discuss professional activity and fall semester outcomes
Review final semester courses
Conduct a mock interview with your mentor and receive immediate feedback
Discuss ways to use spring break as a time to network and interview
Review with your mentor job search correspondence – email, cover letter, thank you notes, etc.
Practice the art of salary negotiating
Discuss transition from student to employee
Plan a job search strategy and summer activity if still seeking
Discuss ways to stay connected!


The ELM Leadership Team welcomes your suggestions and feedback for improving our program. We would also like to hear about your positve experiences, so that we can showcase your mentoring story to future mentors and mentees.

Please feel free to send an email to Alyssa Student, Assistant Director, Career Development Office at, alyssa.student@yale.edu.
Graduates Walking Horizontal

Paving the Way for Students at F&ES and Beyond

As I move on in my career I am realizing more and more every day what my years at Yale F&ES did for me, and how much my time in New Haven has contributed to my success. ELM will give me a chance to reconnect to Yale F&ES, and in some small way “pay it forward” to honor my mentors at Yale.
- Dr. Jean McLain M.F.S '97
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