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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.


Applications Close October 14th, 2022 for 2022-2023 Mentorship Program cohort. 

Mentor Application Link

Mentee Application Link

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

  • October 6th: EP Mentorship Information Session (opt 1: virtual - 5:30pm to 6pm; opt 2: in person 6-8pm): 
In-Person Location: Rogue Brewery Eastside Pub and Pilot Brewery at 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Virtual Link:
  • October 14th, 2022: Deadline for application submission
  • Week of October 21st, 2022: Announcement of selected applicants
  • Week of October 28th, 2022: Announcement mentorship pairs and introductions
  • End of November/Beginning December Weekend Date (TBA): Kick-off Event and Program Introduction (Virtual)

Events to Connect with Mentor Cohort

Below are events that occur within the program. Dates are tentative and could change.

Kick-off Event: (Saturday, November 5, 2022 10am-12pm)

  • Meet and greet for mentors and mentees

  • Start conversation about professional development opportunities

  • Develop pairs Action-Plans

Mid-program Check-in (February 4, 2023)

  • Status updates on goal progress from cohort

  • Plan for the final half of the program

GIS in Action (April 2023)

  • Presentations by mentees on their experience in the program

  • Share your experience with the OR-URISA community

Program Closing Event (June 3, 2023)

  • Presentations or reflections by cohort 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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