The OR-URISA Emerging Professionals (EP) Mentorship Program introduces new GIS professionals (0-5 years of experiences) and students (college students with some GIS coursework) to established GIS professionals (5+ years experience). The program’s goal is to help connect professionals, foster continuing relationships, and share resources that create opportunities for success for emerging professionals.
The EPs will provide ideas, activities, and opportunities for professional development throughout the six-month program, such as resume reviewing, job shadowing, networking opportunities, brown bag lunch series, promote professional development events, opportunity to present at GIS in Action, develop goals and set an action plan, and learn new skills.
Applications Closed October 15th, 2021 for 2021-2022 Mentorship Program applications.
Mentorship Program pairs have been chosen for the 2021-2022 cohort!!! This was an extremely hard decision since we had almost 50 mentee applicants and 25 mentor applicants with only 12 pairs to choose. All the applicants were highly qualified and those not chosen for the 2021-2022 cohort should consider applying for next years mentorship program. Additionally, there are still opportunities to network and get involved with the GIS community by volunteering on a planning committee, organizing a social event, or planning a workshop. Reach out to us if you are interested in helping coordinate some of these events. Thank you for your time and effort in applying.
Events to Connect with Mentor Cohort
Below are a sample of events that occur within the program. Due to COVID, the 2021-2022 cohort will be modified with virtual events.
Kick-off Event: (Fall 2021)
Mid-program Check-in (Winter 2022)
GIS in Action (April 2022)
Program Closing Happy Hour (Spring 2022)
• Get exposure to a real-life professional workplace setting
• Learn the tricks of the trade
• Scope out potential career paths
• Take your professionalism to the next level; challenge yourself, set higher goals and take risks
• Develop increased competencies and stronger interpersonal skills
• Gain increased visibility in the field
• Find your self-confidence