Apply to be a mentor

If you are a women who either studied a technical field or now practices one, and are interested in volunteering your time to mentor one or two students, please apply for next academic year by August 15, 2018.  WISMP has two ways to be a mentor: first through our in-person program serving the SF Bay Area, and second as a remote mentor to mentor a student anywhere in the world.  If you would like to start an in-person program chapter at your own local university, please reach out to the contact information provided below.

The transition from University to work is an especially tumultuous time where a little extra support can go a long way to helping young women achieve their dreams.  The goals of the program are:

  • to broaden students’ understanding the breadth of jobs available in a field of study

  • to develop a meaningful relationship with a technical woman who has travelled the path before

  • to enable a student to tap into her mentor's more mature network, as a way to supercharge her own

The program works to maximizing outcomes for women students — but there are many benefits to mentors as well: intimate access to a diversity-rich pool of up-and-coming engineers, a community of like-minded alumni, and leadership experiences that translate directly to the work environment.

The time commitment as a mentor is:

  • 1 mandatory kick-off event held at the student's campus (typically a weeknight in September or October), which includes mentor training and meeting your mentees (you may have 1 or 2)

  • 1 hour / month (October through May) for mentorship meetings. Some meetings can be virtual using Skype or Hangouts can be Skype, but we recommend traveling for an in-person meeting at the student's campus at least twice during the year

We'll announce kick-off dates approximately three weeks before each event, and ask for your confirmation that you can attend before we match mentors with mentees.  We do our best to match students with mentors of similar fields of study, so we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to match you this year.  If you are still interested in contributing even if you are not matched, please also join our Allies mailing list.


Apply to be mentored!

If you are a women who is currently studying a STEM field at university, and are interested in potentially being matched with a mentor, please apply for this academic year by September 28, 2018.  We have on-campus programs at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and San Jose State University. If you are in the SF Bay Area, you may still apply and potentially be included in one of those programs. If you are outside of the SF Bay Area, you may apply for our remote program pilot.

The time commitment is:

  • 1 mandatory kick-off event

  • 1 hour / month (October through May) for mentorship meetings with your mentor

We'll announce kick-off dates approximately three weeks before each event, and ask for your confirmation that you can attend before we match mentors and mentees.  We do our best to match students with mentors of similar fields of study, so we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to match you this year.


Other ways to get involved

Allies

If you are an ally to our purpose, join our Allies mailing list and tell us how you can help.

Women STudents

If you are a woman university student studying a STEM field, and would like to make sure you get the latest information whether you get a mentor or not (such as other events), you can join our student mailing list — and we’ll be sure to reach out in time.

Student School organizer

If you are a student organizer and are interested in bringing WISMP to your university, send an email to hello@wismp.org.

 

Sponsor an event

Our organization operates purely on volunteer hours, personal contributions, and company sponsorships.  If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please contact sponsors@wismp.org.

contribute another way

Whether you have a specific idea or just want to be an ally, drop us a note at hello@wismp.org.

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