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Mentoring is a crucial extension of the educational process, serving as a bridge between the classroom and the profession. Why is this mentoring relationship so important?


Review the definitions of these mentoring-related terms:

Mentoring: A process through which an experienced professional helps another person grow and develop into a successful professional. The goal of mentoring is to advance the educational and personal growth of another person.

Participant: A high school student, undergraduate, graduate, postdoctorate, teacher, faculty, or even an experienced professional who is assigned to a mentor in an educational situation. Before being selected, the participant is referred to as an “applicant.”

Appointment: A short-term summer assignment, an internship, or a postdoctoral research appointment, for example, that gives the participant an opportunity to receive hands-on experience complementing his or her academic course of study.

Program: A formal or informal mechanism through which participants are brought into the facility. The programs referred to in this orientation are administered by ORAU/ORISE in partnership with you, the facility, and the program sponsors.

The roles in a mentoring relationship

The benefits to you as the mentor

What mentoring is NOT

The program is not intended to provide workers to augment your organization's staffing. Therefore, project activities assigned to the participant should be appropriated for an education and training program--and should not include inherently governmental functions such as project, budget, or personnel management, or clerical responsibilities. For more information, visit GC Guidance on Inherently Governmental Functions.

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