The School of Public Affairs Leadership Program aims to equip students with the tools they need to pursue their aspirations and become the leaders of tomorrow. One of the many resources provided to Leadership students to achieve this mission is the Mentorship component. Students have the opportunity to meet a variety of DC professionals by attending at least one networking reception and conducting informational interviews thereafter. They may then choose to be paired with a professional to serve as their mentor. Once paired, mentees and mentors meet at least three times during the academic year, one of which includes a shadowing experience.
Students greatly benefit from the advice as well as the professional networks of their mentors allowing mentees to find internships, develop networks of their own, and implement their social action projects.
Mentors offering students professional guidance come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, such as the following organizations:
- Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)
- Privia Health
- Intellegere Consutling LLC
- EMILY's List
- Special Olympics, Inc.
- Bloomberg LP
- College of American Patholgoists
- National College Access Network
- U.S. Senate
- Kobre & Kim LLP
- Soapbox Soaps
- Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
- Baxter Healthcare
- National Endowment for the Arts