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Group photo of 2021 HC IMPACT Mentors

Serving as an HC IMPACT Mentor has allowed me to connect with and support great first-year students. I am inspired by their passion and willingness to serve their community, as well as their growth over the week of service. I can’t imagine my college experience without HC IMPACT and the relationships that I have fostered from it.


Program Description

The Honors College is holding a service-learning week from Sunday, August 21 through Saturday, August 28 for 40 incoming first-year students. Student participants will live on campus in a residence hall and engage in service projects with different community based organizations, critically reflect with one another on their experiences, and build community with other incoming first-year students. In the event the program must transition online, participants will not move on campus to participate in HC IMPACT.

HC IMPACT Mentor Position Information

Mentors should possess an ethic of service, with clear commitment to working with MSU and the East Lansing/Lansing communities. In addition, Mentors should demonstrate a desire to work with incoming Honors College students to aid in the new students’ transitions to both MSU and the Honors College.

Mentors will have the opportunity to establish relationships in the East Lansing and Lansing communities, engage with the newest members of the Honors College, and work closely with Honors College staff and faculty. Mentors will be asked to move into their on- or off-campus housing prior to the start of the program on Sunday, August 21 for an in-person HC IMPACT.

During the week of service, Mentors will engage in the following activities: lead community building activities, aid in the transportation of participants (driving vans, etc.), facilitate reflection and discussion activities, participate in service at various sites around the community, and serve as mentors for the first-year participants.

For more information on what the program has looked like, view the 2019 HC IMPACT Participants Schedule or the 2020 HC IMPACT Participants Schedule.


Applicants must be planning to enroll for classes at MSU at least through the Fall semester after the program.


Mentor applications for the 2023 program have closed. To preview the IMPACT Mentor application, you may download the 2022 application packet.

2024 Timeline
– December 2023: Applications open
– February 2024: Applications close and résumés due
– Mid/late February 2024: Interviews
– Late February/early March 2024: Mentor candidates notified of selection

Mentor Training

If offered the position, it is expected that you are available for monthly training dates (in-person during Spring, virtual during Summer); participation in training is crucial to your success as a Mentor. If training dates pose a conflict in terms of your availability, there is a section in the application where you can explain further.

Please direct any questions about HC IMPACT to Program Coordinator Erika Crews.

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