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Mentorship Program

Program Summary

The OR-URISA Emerging Professionals (EP) Mentorship Program introduces new GIS professionals (0-5 years of experience) and students (college students with some GIS coursework) to established GIS professionals (2+ 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 Open October 26th, 2023 to November 13th for 2023-2024 Mentorship Program cohort. 

Mentor Application Link

(more than 2 year professional experience)

Mentee Application Link

(less than 5 years professional experience)

Program Information

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 6 months (tentatively December through June)
  • Cohort size: 20 participants (10 mentors and 10 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 26th, 2023: EP Mentorship Information Session - 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Rogue Brewery Eastside Pub and Pilot Brewery at 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
  • November 13th, 2023: Deadline for application submission
  • Week of November 20th, 2023: Announcement of selected applicants
  • Week of November 27th, 2023: Announcement mentorship pairs and introductions
  • December 9th, 2023: 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, December 9, 2023 10am-12pm)

  • Meet and greet for mentors and mentees

  • Start conversation about professional development opportunities

  • Develop pairs Action-Plans

Mid-program Check-in (March 2024)

  • Status updates on goal progress from cohort

  • Plan for the final half of the program

GIS in Action (April 2024)

  • Presentations by mentees on their experience in the program

  • Share your experience with the OR-URISA community

Program Closing Event (June 2024)

  • 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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