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Sustainability Mentorship Program

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Now accepting applications!

We are currently accepting applications for our fall mentorship cohort. Commitment is Oct. 2017– Feb. 2018

Apply to be a mentee by Oct. 2

Apply to be a mentor by Oct. 4

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.

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.

“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

Eligibility

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 investing 1-2 hours each month from October through February, 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 investing 1-2 hours each month from October through February, communicating with your mentee through in-person meetings and other forms of communication as mutually decided upon.

Responsibilities

Mentees will:

  • Attend the Sustainability Mentorship Kick-Off Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9-10:30 a.m. on the PSU campus in the Market Center Building.
  • Meet with your mentor and/or engage in mentoring activities in-person approximately 1x/month Oct. 2017– Feb. 2018.
  • Take initiative in connecting with your mentor to schedule meetings and be responsible for goal-setting and preparation to best utilize your time together.
  • Maintain clear, open, consistent, and respectful two-way communication.
  • Ask for advice and welcome feedback and new perspectives.
  • Be considerate of your mentor’s time and show your appreciation for it.
  • Comfortably give feedback to the mentor on what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship.
  • Let the sustainability mentorship program coordinator know as soon as possible if you are having a problem connecting with your mentor.

Mentors will:

  • If possible, attend the Sustainability Mentorship Kick-Off Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9-10:30 a.m. on the PSU campus in the Market Center Building.
  • Meet with your mentee and/or engage in mentoring activities in-person approximately 1x/month Oct. 2017– Feb. 2018.
  • Maintain clear, open, consistent, and respectful two-way communication.
  • Be a source of information and encouragement by sharing expertise, past experiences, and “lessons learned” with your mentee.
  • Provide ongoing support, constructive feedback, and advice to promote mentee’s professional growth and career exploration.
  • Ask good questions to help encourage mentee’s reflection and insight.
  • Have an open mind to new ideas and feedback from your mentee.
  • Let the sustainability mentorship program coordinator know as soon as possible if you are having a problem connecting with your mentee.

How to Apply

Spring 2017 Mentorship Cohort

Questions?

Email Melia Tichenor, sustainability mentorship program coordinator, at tichenor@pdx.edu.

Support

Funding for this program is provided by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and through the generous support of the Brainerd Foundation, with the aim of increasing opportunities for students to pursue careers in sustainability fields. The Institute for Sustainable Solutions matches the passion and expertise of PSU faculty and students with the experience and needs of community groups, government agencies, and businesses to develop practical solutions for more equitable, livable, sustainable cities and regions.

Join us in investing in the next generation of sustainability leaders by supporting the Institute for Sustainable Solutions' work.