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Women in Leadership Mentors

Who can be a mentor for the Women in Leadership program?​

Any current University of Illinois graduate students or local professional women who complete an application and interview may serve as a mentor. While experience with mentoring or advising is not required, applicants with experience advising groups are encouraged to apply. 

What roles are mentors expected to perform?

Mentors are responsible for guiding interns during weekly team meetings, providing feedback and direction at appropriate stages of intern project development. Mentors encourage interns' understanding of professional interactions, and developing feasible projects, timelines and tasks. Mentors also foster consideration of ethics and respect for differences, and work with the YWCA in helping interns reach their professional goals.

What is the time commitment for mentors?

Mentors attend weekly team meetings, and keep in communication with teams on a regular basis. Our teams often use GroupMe to keep in touch. 

Mentors also meet monthly as a group with YWCA staff to support one another. 

Do I get to choose what team I work with?

Mentors are placed with intern teams according to interest, experience, and availability. 

Are mentors compensated?

Unfortunately at this time, we do not offer class credit or stipends for mentors.

I'm interested! How do I get involved?

Click the "Mentors Apply Now" button! 

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in the spring of 2020. Want to be notified?