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.

*This is a pilot program. We want the pilot cohort to not only be excited to advance their own careers but also willing to work with OR-URISA and the EPs to help build a mentor program that is valuable to for future cohorts.The pilot program will include surveys and informational interviews to gather feedback and ideas from cohort participants on how to grow and structure a meaningful, lasting mentor program.


Mentors apply HERE

Mentees apply HERE

Submit applications by June 30th to be considered for the 2019 cohort.

For questions about the program, email

Program Information

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 6 months (tentatively September 2019 through March 2020)
  • Cohort size: 10 participants (5 mentors and 5 mentees)
  • Cost of program: Free
  • Selection process: Mentor and mentees 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

  • May 29th - Application Submission Opens
  • June 30th - Application Submission Ends
  • September 1st- Mentor-Mentee Selection Announcement

Events to Connect with Mentor Cohort

Kick-off Event: End of Summer BBQ (October 2019)

  • Meet and greet for mentors and mentees

  • Start conversation about professionals development opportunities

Mid-program Check-in (January 2020)

  • Status updates on goal progress from cohort

  • Plan for the final half of the program

Program Closing Happy Hour (March 2020)

  • Presentations by mentees on their experience in the program

  • Celebrate your accomplishments and strength your cohort connections

GIS in Action (April 2020)

  • 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 Portland’s
   GIS community

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