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Mentorship Program

Program Summary

The OR-URISA Emerging Professionals (EP) Mentorship Program introduces new GIS professionals (0-5 years of experiences) and students (college seniors) 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.


Check back soon for the 2021-2022 Mentorship Program applications. If you weren't able to apply last year but are interested in applying for our next cohort, you can stay up to date on announcements, activities and application dates by creating an OR-URISA account and joining the Emerging Professionals mailing list today!

Program Information

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 6 months (tentatively September through March)
  • Cohort size: 10 participants (5 mentors and 5 mentees)
  • Cost of program: Free
  • Selection process: Mentor and mentee applicants submit applications. The EP Committee selects mentors and then works with mentors to select mentees from the applicant pool based on aligned professional interests.

Important Dates

  • Check back soon for new important dates!

Events to Connect with Mentor Cohort

Below are a sample of events that occur within the program. Due to COVID, the 2020-2021 cohort was cancelled. 

Kick-off Event: End of Summer BBQ (Fall 2020)

  • Meet and greet for mentors and mentees

  • Start conversation about professionals development opportunities

Mid-program Check-in (Winter 2021)

  • Status updates on goal progress from cohort

  • Plan for the final half of the program

Program Closing Happy Hour (Spring 2021)

  • Presentations by mentees on their experience in the program

  • Celebrate your accomplishments and strength your cohort connections

GIS in Action (April 2021)

  • Presentations by mentees on their experience in the program

  • Share your experience with the OR-URISA community

Mentorship Benefits


• Get exposure to a real-life professional workplace setting

• Learn the tricks of the trade
from an industry veteran

• 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


• Re-energize your career

• Get exposure to the emerging  

   talent pool

• Learn the newest tools, ideas

   and current trends

• Get a fresh perspective, reflect

   on your own practices

• Improve your coaching,

   recruitment, and management skills

• Help an emerging professional to

   develop their potential

• Give back and help grow Oregon’s

   GIS community


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