Industry Mentorship Programs

Industry Mentorship Programs are a great way for students to learn about an industry and explore a workplace through small group mentoring (4-6 students per mentor). Through experiences both on campus in the classroom and on-site in professional environments, 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.

To participate in the program, students must meet the following 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 designated quarter on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 3:30-7:30pm (includes travel time to/from the organization)

Program Overview

  • Mentor meetings will take place at a company/organization in the Seattle area, which will be selected in part based on proximity and ease to mass transit. Transportation to the mentorship site will be on your own. Please note: For Spring 2020 and Fall 2020, the Mentorship Programs will be conducted entirely virtually.
  • Students will be enrolled in a 1 credit (CR/NC) GenSt course:
    Week 1: Preparatory session to learn what to expect at your mentor meetings, and meet with group to plan topics and questions for your mentor
    Weeks 2-9: Mentor meetings
    Week 10: Wrap-Up networking event with all mentors and students in the program




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  • Join this program to learn about non-technical roles in tech companies
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  • Application period: Late-October through mid-November
  • Applicants will be selected and notified by early December




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