Mentorship Program

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The goal of the Mentorship Program is to connect students with leaders in politics and public service–the practitioners who are actively engaged in the real world of politics.

  • Mentors and students will be paired one-on-one, based on mutual interest, for one academic year
  • Programming runs from October-May and we ask pairs to meet 5x in that period
  • Students participate in an orientation session at the beginning of each year


Applications are due by September 15th, 2018 for students. GU Politics will then begin making pairings and every effort is made to complete pairings by October 15th, 2018. A kick-off event will occur in late-October.


Mentors and students are asked to meet five times between October and May. Students should be prepared to meet with their mentor around D.C., ask engaging questions, and work to make connections between what they are studying and their broader career goals. Students will participate in Mentee Orientation at the beginning of the semester. GU Politics will check-in with students on a monthly basis to receive updates on their experiences.


A short interest form is available online for both mentors and students to complete. We ask that you also submit a copy of the resume to help with making pairings.

If you are interested in participating in the GU Politics Mentorship Program for Fall 2018, please fill out this questionnaireMatches will be made on a rolling basis beginning in October 2018. Please note that while interest forms are still open, priority will be given to submissions prior to September 15th.


Mentors and students are asked to meet five times between October and May. We ask that mentors find opportunities for students to “shadow” their work and engage with students about their career goals.  A best practices guide is given to mentors to help navigate the program.

We are always recruiting great Mentors for our students! If you are interested in participating in the program, please fill out this questionnaire so we can find a good student match for you!

Post Deadline Pairings

Students are encouraged to apply by the September deadline, but exceptions will be made. Pairings can continue to be made throughout the semester and every effort will be made to find a student a mentor.

Please note that while we try our best to find an ideal match for all students who express interest, we focus on quality matches over quantity. This means that it is possible that we won’t have an ideal match for you this academic year, but can work with you in-person to identify potential Mentors for you outside of the formal program.

Have questions? Feel free to contact Jennie Fay (Director of Fellows and Career Programming) at


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