Sustainability Mentorship Program

“It was a fantastic experience, better than expected. My mentor was very insightful and knowledgeable and very passionate about his work. It was great to be able to learn from his experiences, and even go on a field trip!” — PSU student mentee

The 2018/2019 Mentorship Program applications will be launching at the beginning of October. The program will commence winter term.

About the Program

The Sustainability Mentorship Program offers all Portland State University students an opportunity to connect with professionals in a variety of sustainability-related fields. With the support of a Sustainability Mentor, students can discuss their professional goals, gain clarity on career interests, better understand workplace dynamics, develop their networking skills, and seek input on their resume, cover letter, interviewing skills, and more.

It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Sustainability Mentors have the opportunity to share their professional experiences with students, hone their leadership skills, gain new perspectives from their mentee’s interests and enthusiasm, learn about barriers facing entry-level professionals today, and support the up-and-coming wave of sustainability professionals. The Sustainability Mentorship Program offers Portland State University students an opportunity to connect with professionals in a variety of sustainability-related fields. With the support of a Sustainability Mentor, students can discuss their professional goals, gain clarity on career interests, better understand workplace dynamics, develop their networking skills, and seek input on their resume, cover letter, interviewing skills, and more.

Eligibility

The mentee must be

  • Age 18 or older.
  • Currently enrolled as a Portland State student (undergraduate or graduate).
  • Interested in pursuing a career in a sustainability-related field.
  • A Student Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions or have submitted an application to become a Student Fellow (open to all enrolled PSU students).
  • Committed to meeting atleast 1x each month from January - May 2019, connecting with your mentor through in-person meetings and other forms of communication as mutually decided upon.

Mentors must be

  • A professional with at least three years of experience in a sustainability-related field or position.
  • Interested in supporting students in their sustainability-related career explorations.
  • Willing to share information about your career path and your personal experiences working in sustainability-related fields.
  • Committed to meeting atleast 1x each month from January - May 2019, communicating with your mentee through in-person meetings and other forms of communication as mutually decided upon.

Apply Now

  • Applications are currently closed until Fall 2018. Check back early October to apply.
  • Mentees: Fill out the Mentee Application. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.
  • Mentors: Fill out the Mentor Application.

Contact

Email Ty Wilkins, sustainability mentorship program coordinator, at studentfellows@pdx.edu