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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 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.


Now accepting 2021-2022 Mentorship Program applications!!!

If you are interested in being a Mentor (5+ years experience) please fill out the Mentor Application

If you are interested in being a Mentee (0-5 years experience) please fill out the Mentee Application

Deadline for application submissions: October 15th, 2021

Program Information

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 6 months (tentatively November through April)
  • 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 pairs mentees from the applicant pool based on aligned professional interests.

Important Dates

  • September 29th, 2021: Virtual Information Session - 6:30 to 7:00pm Zoom Link:
  • October 15th, 2021: Deadline for application submission
  • October 22nd, 2021: Announcement of mentorship program pairs
  • Beginning of November (TBA): Kick-off Event and Program Introduction

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)

  • Meet and greet for mentors and mentees

  • Start conversation about professional development opportunities

  • Develop pairs Action-Plans

Mid-program Check-in (Winter 2022)

  • Status updates on goal progress from cohort

  • Plan for the final half of the program

GIS in Action (April 2022)

  • Presentations by mentees on their experience in the program

  • Share your experience with the OR-URISA community

Program Closing Happy Hour (Spring 2022)

  • Presentations by mentees on their experience in the program

  • Celebrate your accomplishments and strength your cohort connection

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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