Leadership and Mentoring

Developing leadership skills and giving back to the community are essential components to the educational experience, and these experiences can lead to greater personal enrichment and academic success.

University Career Services offers a number of leadership development and mentor program opportunities.



Career Services Leadership Programs

Who is this program for? The Emerging Leadership Program gives first and second-year undergraduate students at St. John’s University the opportunity to learn about campus life and begin developing their leadership skills. You will participate in 5 weekly events, and upon completion, will gain exclusive access to joining the SJU Leadership Development Program (LDP). 

Description: You will learn about the following topics over the course of one semester.

  • The Fundamentals Leadership & Goal Setting
  • An Overview of Career Services
  • The Importance of Student Involvement and How to Get Involved
  • Networking and Branding

You will also get a 1:1 personalized Career Advisement Session with your Career Advisor.

At the end of the program, you will be able to examine the results of your Strengths Assessment, learn how your strengths (and weakness) can shape your leadership style, and receive a Program Certificate of Completion.

How to get more information and apply: Applications will be sent out via email at the start of each semester to eligible students. You can always email us at leadership@stjohns.edu for more information.

Who is this program for? The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed to help undergraduate students in at least their second semester advance their leadership skills.  You will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership, put what they have learned into action, and receive written recognition from Career Services upon program completion. This program has many virtual options and is at your own pace.

Description: Students complete a number of tasks and assignments focusing on their own leadership journey and skill development. Required activities include:

  • Complete Orientation
  • Participate in a University sponsored mentoring experience
  • Complete five video casts, offered both on-line and in-person
  • Complete three experiential learning opportunities which can include campus-run programs, employer off-campus visits, conferences, or other professionals development activities.
  • Complete one practical application which can include internships, volunteer experiences, clinical rotations, research opportunities, case competitions, and more. Experiences should be a semester long and be a minimum of 20 hours.

Upon completion, you will receive UCS official endorsement; choose between LinkedIn recommendation and written recommendation (for graduate school, employment, other professional programs).

Please note this program utilizes “Canvas” to collect assignments and track the completion of program requirements while recording overall student status throughout participation in the LD

How to get more information and apply:

Who is is program for? The Professional Development Leadership Program offers undergraduate students in their final year a foundation for success in their personal and professional life as they prepare for graduation and beyond.

Description: In this program, you will gain the skills needed to effectively transition from college or graduate school into your career. Some skills and topics covered include:

  • Networking and branding
  • LinkedIn profile development
  • Resume and interview skills
  • Salary negotiation skills

You will also complete a personalized 1:1 career advisement session with your Career Advisor, which will give you an opportunity to review and update your resume, help you learn how to gain exposure to a specific industry, and provide you with the tools to tackle the challenge of finding your ideal job.

How to get more information and apply:

What is NSLS? The National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS) is the largest leadership honor society in the United States. Our NSLS chapter at St. John’s University, advised by University Career Services, was established in Fall 2012. Our local chapter is part of the national organization with 700+ chapters and over 1.4 million members.

Description: Students are nominated, typically in their sophomore year, to join based on their GPA and good standing. You then join the chapter and complete 5 steps to be a fully inducted member:

  • Orientation
  • Leadership Training Day
  • Speaker Broadcast completion
  • Success Networking Team participation
  • Attend the induction ceremony

How to get more information and join:

What is ODK? Omicron Delta Kappa Society (ΟΔΚ) is the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ΟΔΚ is a mark of the highest distinction and honor.


Student membership candidates must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students who rank in the upper 35% in scholarship of their school or college (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) and must demonstrate leadership in one of the Five Pillars of Campus Life and embrace the OΔK Leadership Values.

Five Pillars of Campus Life

  • Academics and Research
  • Athletics
  • Service to Campus and Community
  • Communications
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Leadership Values 

  • Collaboration – to work together to achieve a defined and common purpose
  • Inclusivity – to actively seek, embrace, and advance a diverse group of individuals
  • Integrity – to align one’s values and beliefs with behaviors and speech
  • Scholarship – to strive for excellence in academics and pursue lifelong learning
  • Service – to answer the call for action from one’s community or country

The purpose of ΟΔΚ is three-fold:

  1. Recognize those who have exhibited a high standard of leadership and efficiency in collegiate activities
  2. Bring together student leaders from all sectors of collegiate life in order to help mold the sentiment of the university for questions of local and collegiate interest.
  3. Bring together members of the faculty and the student body on a basis of mutual interest and understanding

Upon selection, initiation is performed at a special ceremony. The $88 initiation fee is required of each member. Your membership fee includes lifetime membership in ΟΔΚ, your membership certificate, a recognition button, and a three-year subscription to The Circle, the official ΟΔΚ publication.

How to get more information and join:

Contact Us


Jocelyn Coalter
Senior Director of Career & Leadership Development

Natalie Storelli
Director of Career and Leadership Development