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The WFPG believes in supporting women in every stage of their careers. Providing the next generation of women leaders with the tools to succeed through mentorship is paramount to advancing women’s voices and leadership in foreign affairs.

The WFPG offers two 1:1 mentoring programs for our members: a year-long mentorship program, as well as one-off 30-minute informational interviews. These programs compliment our annual roundtable Career Forums and our regular Professional Development programs. Not a member? Learn more and join us!
WFPG Mentor Match Program
Time commitment: 1 hour each month, or 8-12 times for one year
Applications are now open for the second round of WFPG's year-long mentor match program! Student, young professional, and mid-career members can apply to be matched with more experienced members and will commit to meet every month or two—either virtually, or in-person. If you are interested in participating as a mentee, apply below and mark your calendars for our orientation on August 18th.
Frequently asked questions | Interested in signing up to mentor someone younger? Learn more
» Applications for 2021 are now closed.


Mentoring Minutes

Time commitment: 30-minute sessions, not recurring
This summer,  the WFPG is offering 30-minute virtual meetings where student and young professional members can sign up to speak with one of our mentors for individualized career advice. Like informational interviews or structured office hours, the conversation will be led by you and focus on your questions and career goals. Members can sign up for up to three sessions and the WFPG will send you a calendar invitation connecting you to your mentor and sharing a Zoom link for your meeting. View our mentor bios
» Program will run from August 2nd to August 22nd

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Who can apply? WFPG Mentoring programs are open to all individual young professional, mid-career, and student members, as well as to our organizational, academic circle, and corporate members. For our year-long mentoring program, each organizational, corporate or academic circle member can be represented by up to 10 mentees.

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

MENTEE FAQ - WFPG MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
I’m not in the DC or NY metro areas, or even in the US, can I still apply? Yes! You will be asked if you want to be matched with someone in the same city, but you are also welcome to meet with your mentor virtually.
I can’t make the virtual kickoff, can I still apply? Yes. The kickoff will provide a quick briefing on the program, expectations, and best practices. We hope everyone who is able will join us, but we will also share tips via email.
How long is the application? We want to make the best match possible, so we need to ask you about your career goals and your interests. The application may take you as little as 15 minutes or as long as an hour depending on how much you need to think about your responses. If your are selected, your application will be shared with your mentor, so please make sure to think carefully about your answers and proofread. Incomplete or poorly written applications do not demonstrate a commitment to the program and will not be considered.
Will I be matched with someone with exactly the same professional interests as me? Maybe, maybe not. We will use your answers to find you the best match possible, but your mentor may work on a different issue or in a different sector. We matched you with them because we think that they will be able to provide you with guidance that will apply to your career goals.
What if something drastic changes in my life and I’m not able to continue? We’d be disappointed, but we understand. We ask our mentors and mentees to make a best faith effort to fulfill their commitment, but sometimes life takes a turn we don’t expect. Should you need to withdraw from the program, please write to your mentor and to the WFPG to let us know as soon as possible.
I already have several years of experience. Can I still be matched with a mentor? Yes! There’s no age limit on looking for guidance.
I applied to be a mentee. Can I also be a mentor? Yes! We will take experience level into account when matching you with both a mentor and your own mentee.
What if I have a problem connecting with my mentor or a question about the program? Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll see if we can help.

MENTOR FAQ - WFPG MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
I can’t make the virtual kickoff, can I still mentor? Yes! The kickoff will provide a quick briefing on the program, expectations, and best practices. We hope everyone who is able will join us, but we will also share tips via email.
I’m not in the DC or NY metro areas, or even in the US, can I still mentor? Yes! Participants are asked if they want to be matched with someone in their city, but most conversations will be conducted virtually.
How long is the application? It should take you less than 10 minutes. We ask for a brief bio plus 10 (mostly multiple choice) questions about your experience, expertise, where you are in your career, and who you are interested in mentoring.
I’m not sure if my expertise will be of interest, should I still apply? Why not? Our mentees are looking for mentorship in a variety of career fields.
What if something drastic changes in my life and I’m not able to continue? We’d be disappointed, but we understand. We ask our mentors and mentees to make a best faith effort to fulfill their commitment, but sometimes life takes a turn we don’t expect.
I’m a man or identify as non-binary, can I apply to be a WFPG mentor? Yes! We are grateful to all our partners and allies who are committed to advancing women’s leadership.
I only have a few years of experience, can I apply to be a WFPG mentor? Yes! Our mentees are looking for guidance on a variety of topics, some of which can be addressed best by a mentor closer to their own age and level of experience.
I applied to be a mentor. Can I also be a mentee? Yes! We will take experience level into account when matching you with both a mentee and your own mentor.