WPC Young Professionals Mentorship Program

Applications for the 2023-2024 Mentorship cycle are closed! 

Washington Policy Center's Young Professionals Mentor Program is a great way to engage with WPC’s vast network of business, politics, policy, and non-profit leaders.

Our Mentorship Program is designed to connect Young Professionals Gold Members with WPC Board of Directors and donors, ensuring the next generation of our state’s leaders are fully equipped to handle the challenge of leading and advocating for public policy solutions as they embark on their careers. This program is for members looking to develop skills, knowledge, and wisdom, whether for career advancement or personal/professional development.

HOW TO APPLY: The process is easy! You fill out the application and at the beginning of each year we match each mentor and mentee based upon city, industry, and areas of interest. After we introduce you to your mentee/mentor, each pair will independently establish about 12 meetings over 12 months, but this may vary depending on schedules. While each pair can decide how they would like to structure meetings, we encourage you to review our Mentor guidebook and our Mentee guidebook which includes ideas and best practices for meetings.

MENTEES: If you were a mentee last year and are still a Gold member you have the option to continue meeting with your current mentor or ask for a new mentor.

MENTORS: If you were a mentor last year you can choose to continue mentoring your mentee as your schedule permits and/or meet with another mentee for the new year.

Please note: This program is only available to paid YP Gold members. If you’re unsure of your membership status contact YP Coordinator Valerie Lucas at vlucas@washingtonpolicy.org. If you would like to join as a Gold member you can do so HERE.

The primary objective of the WPC Mentor Program is to foster professional relationships, not to serve as a job search or informational interview platform. Aside from the initial meeting, the time commitment and expectations are up to the mentor and mentee.