Here’s your chance…

Mar 28, 2011 by

To put your mentoring chops to the test! I wrote a few weeks ago about how I think mentoring is a duty for nonprofit professionals. Much of that mentoring can and should happen at the workplace, but there are many, many opportunities to mentor younger folks outside of work too. And here’s a perfect one: my friend Emily works at The Fund for American Studies, which runs internship programs for college students in DC. They have a summer mentoring program that pairs students with professionals in DC for career advice, information on working in Washington, and general advice on life in the city. I’ve done it in the past and it was very rewarding.

Here’s all the info you need – sign up today!

As the summer approaches, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is preparing for over 400 students to attend our five academic internship programs in Washington, DC. We are looking for volunteers to serve as mentors to these students. We will hand match you with a student based on career interests and background.


To sign up, fill out our mentor survey online. Your answers will help us successfully match you with a student. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, April 27.


  • Mentor volunteers should possess a strong interest in helping a college student succeed by offering career advice, information on working in Washington, and general advice on life in D.C. Mentor requirements include:
  • Commitment to serve eight weeks of program (June and July)
  • Willingness to meet face-to-face with the student at least once in June and once in July
  • Ability to send introductory email in May before your student arrives and keep in touch by email throughout the program
  • Must live or work in the D.C. metro area
  • Must be a working professional
  • Must possess two or more years of full-time work experience or be an alumnus of a TFAS institute


The TFAS mentor program is designed to help provide a well-rounded “Washington experience” for the students participating in the summer programs. Students are matched with area professionals who can offer career guidance; review their resume, share insider tips and offer general advice. Students undergo a rigorous application process before being accepted into one of our programs. Most are upperclassmen and have an average GPA of 3.5. Our students are diverse, hailing from small private colleges to large state universities. Students attend one of five summer programs that combine coursework with nearly full-time internships. Program areas include:

  • Political Science/Public Policy
  • Lobbying/Business
  • Journalism and Communications
  • Nonprofit Sector
  • Legal

For additional information on our summer Institutes, please visit our website at


  • April 27: Mentor sign up deadline
  • May 6, 10, and 12: Mentor Orientation Conference Calls (One required for new mentors – sign up will be sent at a later date)
  • Week of May 23: Mentor-Student matching notifications sent by e-mail
  • June 5: Students arrive in Washington
  • Week of June 13: Meet Your Mentor Breakfasts
  • June 25: BBQ at Georgetown (optional)
  • July 8: Washington Nationals baseball game (optional)
  • July 29: Graduation at Georgetown University (optional)


If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wright.

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