OLLI mentors have generally been invited to work with advanced or graduate student teams and may work from 2 to 10 hours a week over a semester.
BUSINESS: OLLI mentors work with student teams who identify and recommend improvements to local small businesses (the businesses pay the University a consulting fee for the students’ work). One OLLI mentor worked with his team of students on their presentation for 5 hours on the Sunday before the team gave the presentation. The presentation went very well - the business owner accepted all the recommendations and asked if any of the students were interested in a part-time job.
ENGINEERING: Over the course of a year, a student team with guidance from an OLLI mentor, developed a computer engineering product.
BUSINESS: Other OLLI mentors helped students develop a business plan and start a small business based on that plan.