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Summer Mentorship

Launched in 2020, the SummerWorks mentorship program is intended to connect young adults with a mentor to help them explore career opportunities, build their professional networks, and develop essential job and leadership skills. SummerWorks mentors represent a wide range of career trajectories, educational backgrounds, identities, and experiences.​

Goals for Mentorship

  • Connect young professionals with a trusted adult who can help them think through opportunities in the context of their career path and long-term goals.

  • Emphasize a strengths-based approach to mentorship. 

  • Build supportive, inclusive relationships between youth and adults.

  • Enhance mentor growth through connection and sharing knowledge with young adults.

“As a participant of SummerWorks, you have an army of amazing success coaches by your side, guiding you step by step”

- Anastasia Frederick, 2021 SummerWorks Participant


Benefits for Mentorship

Mentees have the opportunity to: 

  • Receive guidance during a transitional time

  • Explore career paths

  • Identify career aspirations

  • Network with experienced professionals

  • Make an action plan to reach long-term goals

  • Participate in professional development

Mentorship Program Logistics

Who can be a mentor?

  • Anyone interested in providing guidance and support to a young adult (aged 16-24) is welcome to mentor!
  • Mentors can be located anywhere and meet with their mentee via teleconferencing.

How are mentors matched?

  • Each SummerWorks participant is matched with a mentor based on professional and personal interests and individual goals for mentorship including career field and trajectory, educational background, passions and personal interests, and when appropriate, social identities.

“Program staff matched us with a mentor based on our interests. I was matched with a mentor who does graphic design and artwork for companies.”

Chinedum Wejinya, 2021 SummerWorks Participant

What is the time commitment?

  • Mentors will hold one 30-60 minute meeting per week for the duration of the summer program.

What topics do mentors help with?

  • General topics include career prep, professional development and navigating the workplace, college prep, and goal setting.

  • Mentors can expect mentees to come prepared to meetings with topics they would like to cover, questions their mentor can assist with, or concerns they would like to discuss.


Policy for Working with Minors

  • All mentors matched with a minor (individual under the age of 18) will need to be in compliance with the University of Michigan Children on Campus policy.

    • Mentors must complete four training modules (30 minute time commitment) annually and undergo a mandatory background check (expires after two years) in order to participate.

Mentor Support and Resources

  • All mentors and mentees may choose to complete a Mentorship Contract to set goals and expectations for the summer.

  • Mentorship Curriculum helps guide mentorship relationships and meetings. Visit the Mentorship Curriculum webpage here.