Mentoring ProgramThe Mentoring Program offers a unique opportunity for WIIT members in all career stages to have one-on-one connections with other trade professionals. The Program leverages the expertise and network of WIIT's accomplished membership to promote the professional advancement of women in international trade and business.
The mentee application period for the 2019 Mentoring Program is now open! Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) expressing the following:
- Why you want to participate in the WIIT Mentoring Program
- What professional development goals or challenges you would like to achieve/overcome during the mentorship period
- What capacity you aim to participate (mentor or mentee)
Any current member of WIIT may participate in WIIT's Mentoring Program, either as a mentee or mentor. If you are not a current member but would like to participate, it's fast and easy to join online here.
Who can participate in the Mentoring Program?
Mentees are anyone who would like to connect one-on-one with WIIT members. Mentees should be interested and open to learning from the advice of a Mentor and other WIIT members. Mentees may be any age or at any career stage:
Who can be a mentee?
- Undergraduate or graduate students
- Professionals in transition or seeking a career change
- Anyone wanting to learn more about international trade policy and career development from a fellow WIIT member
A mentor may be any current member of WIIT who would enjoy sharing their experience and background with others on a one-on-one basis. Mentors are not required to be a particular age or have a certain level of experience; instead, mentors simply need to be enthusiastic about contributing to the professional development and knowledge of other members in the WIIT community. WIIT is always looking for committed mentors willing to devote time to fostering the careers of women in international trade, and welcomes inquiries throughout the year at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the qualifications to be a mentor?
The Mentoring Program runs from February through May.
When does the program take place?
The number of mentees depends on the number of mentors available, which varies. This ensures a meaningful experience for mentees. Mentees are considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all mentors are matched. If the number of mentee applicants exceeds the number of available mentors, the applicant will be invited to join a waitlist. However, all applicants that meet the membership criteria will be invited to attend professional development events hosted by WIIT. Mentees may participate in the program only once.
How many mentees does WIIT accept?
Mentee applications are reviewed carefully in order to identify a mentor whose background or other qualifications suggest a good fit. Keep in mind that a productive mentoring relationship does not require having the same exact background or interests. WIIT will offer introductions and informal networking opportunities for mentees to connect with mentors, but it is up to each individual participant to make the most of the program.
How are mentees matched with mentors?
After the application period closes, mentees are matched with a mentor and all participants are invited to a series of professional development events throughout the program. Mentors and mentees then coordinate directly with each other for future meetings; WIIT recommends 2-3 meetings over the course of the official mentorship period. Meetings may take place in person or by phone, but WIIT strongly encourages participants to connect in person whenever possible, whether at a WIIT event, a cafe or restaurant, office, or anywhere that is mutually convenient. NOTE: Program participants are expected to pay their own way; WIIT does not provide reimbursement for any costs associated with mentor-mentee meetings.
How is the Mentoring Program structured?
Although not required, WIIT encourages all Program participants to attend WIIT's professional development events throughout the year, many of which are free or low cost. Even mentors may find they have something to learn from - or even contribute to - these events.
The Mentoring Program concludes in the spring at a closing reception for all participants. WIIT mentors/mentees are welcome to continue the relationship after the official program period.
Questions about the Mentoring Program should be directed to email@example.com.