MWAIS 2024 Proceedings


Careers in information systems and technology are top-rated and growing, yet universities are challenged to recruit students into IT majors and organizations struggle to find talent with IT and digital skills. Experiential mentorship programs offer an opportunity for both academia and industry to attract students into university programs and ultimately into IT positions when they graduate. Therefore, to address the goal of developing digitally proficient students and talent, this paper presents a digital-ready mentorship program designed to connect students with industry as a part of their undergraduate education. This program has been in place since fall 2019 and has facilitated a total 50 students in five cohorts. In this research-in-progress paper, we present the digital-ready mentorship program, learning experience, and project outcomes. We hope sharing this program will inspire other universities to develop similar programs with industry partners and ultimately address the IT labor shortage.