Industry Mentorship Programs


Industry Mentorship Programs are a great way for students to learn about an industry and explore professional development topics through small group mentoring (3-5 students per mentor). Through experiences both in the classroom and with a mentor, participants will gain insight and guidance about a particular industry, explore topics related to professional preparation, networking and feedback, and reflect on how their experiences and interests can translate to a career in the field.

Non-Profit & Government Mentorship Program

Interested in pursuing a career that’s dedicated to serving the public and prioritizing their best interests?  Are you passionate about supporting and advocating for underrepresented communities and equitable access to resources? People who pursue careers in government and/or non-profit develop skills in writing, public speaking, coalition building, interpersonal and intercultural communication, conflict resolution, outreach, systems-thinking, analysis and problem solving. Join the Non-profit & Government Mentorship program to learn how your interests, skills, and strengths can translate to a career in either field, and explore professional development topics to prepare you for your job & internship search.

Students will indicate areas of interest within the non-profit or government sectors during the application process: 

  • Administration / Management / Operations
  • Planning & Development / Strategists / Policy Analyst
  • Human Resources / Recruiting / Volunteer Coordination
  • Marketing / Communications / Community Engagement

The Industry Mentorship Program will be offering identity-based matching for students who identify as People of Color and/or LGBTQIA+. Depending on preferences and mentor availability, students will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor that shares their identity(s) or similar life experiences. As we continue to develop this identity mentorship initiative, we hope to expand our programming to include additional identity groups in future quarters.

Program Details

Admitted students will be enrolled in a 1 credit (CR/NC) GEN ST course:

  • Week 1 (in-person): Preparatory session to learn what to expect and meet with your group to plan topics and questions for your mentor
  • Week 2-9 (virtual): Mentor meetings & reflection assignments
  • Week 10 (in-person): Wrap-up networking event will all mentors and students in the program

Application Criteria

  • Undergraduate student at UW Seattle
  • Must have completed 3 quarters at UW or transferred to UW with the equivalent credits
  • Must be available during the Spring 2024 quarter on Tuesdays OR Wednesdays from 4:00-7:00pm

Interested in hearing from past mentees? Check out the Spring 2023 Student Program Evaluations to get an idea of the student experience in the mentorship program.

Questions? Contact Lauren Sevilla at cicmentor@uw.edu.

Applications for the Spring 2024 Non-Profit & Government Mentorship Program are closed.