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Career Connections

Forester Micro-Mentorship Program

A unique opportunity to engage Foresters through the intersection of mentoring and micro-internships

Students and recent graduates can help your organization through micro-mentorships by providing support for professional tasks much like traditional interns, but without the commitment of a semester-long experience. They are also a low-risk way for your organization to get exposure to a diverse pool of potential hires.

The Forester Micro-Mentorship Program is designed for you to provide both mentorship, sharing insight regarding your profession and job search advice, as well as a virtual/remote micro-internship project (approximately 20% mentorship and 80% micro-internship experience).

These micro-mentorships typically range from 20 to 50 hours for a duration of two to six weeks. Unlike traditional internships, micro-mentorships will be funded by generous donors to the College, who annually support internship funding. Upon successful project completion, students will receive stipends of $300 for 20-30 hours and $500 for 40-50 hours. Stipends will be based on the estimated hours of the project that is provided in the job description.

A limited number of micro-mentorships are available for each term that they are offered.

Sample micro-mentorship projects:

  • Creating a social media calendar for your organization
  • Cleaning and organizing data
  • Conducting a SWOT or other analysis on your organization’s products or services
  • Generating sales leads
  • Researching new processes or software to support your operations
  • Assisting with grant writing and scientific writing projects 
  • Collecting survey or qualitative data and organizing datasets for analyses 
  • Provide research support in developing curatorial projects or exhibitions
  • Contributing to fundraising efforts that include event planning, social media posting, and donor prospect research

Micro-mentorships are an opportunity to help a Forester.

As a micro-mentor you will:
  • Interview candidates and select individuals that are the best fit for the project-based work and mentorship.
  • Engage students as they assist with a project, giving meaningful feedback, and development as a professional. 
  • Allow students to tap into your existing knowledge of industry experience as they progress in their career search.

Micro-mentorships are beneficial for both students and your organization.

Micro-mentorships will provide your organization with:
  • A completed short-term project or ‘deliverable’
  • An opportunity to mentor, lead, motivate, and teach students about careers as well as the internship and job search process
  • Generated interest in a particular industry among future generations of employees
  • The development of a potential pipeline of candidates from qualified applicants
  • Marketing and name recognition in the community as well as at Lake Forest College
  • An opportunity to collect new perspectives and ideas from students regarding processes, organizational branding, technology, new trends, and more
Micro-mentorships help students:
  • Gain skills and experience that will be helpful for entry-level positions
  • Explore career paths and get exposure to organizations and industries
  • Develop their network
  • Participate in an internship they otherwise may not have been able to due to course schedules, prohibitive costs, housing, and other factors 

Interested in the Micro-Mentorship Program?

Read more on our Program Details page.

To get started with the micro-mentorship process, please fill out our Micro-Mentorship Proposal Form or contact the Career Advancement Center at careers@lakeforest.edu

Micro-mentorships will be reviewed for approval based on project content, applicability to student skillsets, mentorship capacity, and funding availability.