Hear From a Mentor


I have enjoyed getting to meet and talk with students from other Schools, to learn about their interests, as well as their programs.  This has been helpful in terms of reflecting on our program and ways we might do things differently.  I've also appreciated connecting with students interested in similar areas of research who have been trained by different faculty and bring different perspectives, ideas, and frameworks to our conversation.  It's always inspiring to meet smart, motivated young people in our field who are becoming the next generation of scholars.

Dr. Sarah Jane Brubaker, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017 Mentor


Hear From a Mentee


The mentor matching program was a great opportunity for getting candid feedback and advice from someone experienced in the field.  My mentor was very helpful with both my academic research and thinking through career paths. I certainly recommend the program for anyone looking to get focused attention and an expert perspective.

Kirk Heffelmire, PhD Student, Schar School of Policy and Government - George Mason University


Mentor Matching Program


Are you an APPAM student member in search of career development support, research guidance, and networking? The APPAM Mentor Matching Program is right for you! This program will match student members with professional member to connect one-on-one regarding professional development topics.

We will host a kick-off webinar this summer, a meet-up at the fall conference, and various online events to connect throughout the year. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to check-in at least once per quarter.

Expand your professional network today by participating in the Mentor Matching Program!

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The APPAM Mentor Matching Program began in 2016 by the APPAM Student Advisory Committee as a means to better serve the APPAM student member population. What started out as an informal speed mentoring program has now grown to dozens of one-on-one mentor/mentee pairings between policy academics, researchers, and practitioners and student members.

While these pairings have historically only connected during the APPAM Annual Fall Research Conference, we are now expanding the program beyond the Annual Fall Research Conference. We are encouraging both students and professional members to apply to the program to connect and expand their professional networks throughout the year and beyond.

Types of Mentoring Available 

  • Job Doc Review – Resume, teaching statement, lesson plans, and career & goal setting 
  • Research Guidance – Feedback on current research, assistance identifying potential collaborators or datasets, research strategies/statements/questions review 
  • Overall Professional Development – Provide and receive information on career options, interviewing tips, teaching strategies, and overall long-term career planning
  • Fellowship Application Assistance – Assistance with preparing fellowship applications, budgeting, meeting application requirements, and managing deadlines

Why Participate? 

Why be a mentor? To support emerging policy scholars in their advancement of research, guide them through their academic career, and provide insight into securing their professional placement. In return, you will be kept abreast of the latest knowledge and research methods, expand your professional network, and be rewarded by helping guide their success.

Why be a mentee? Connect one-on-one to receive advice on professional development issues, examine job search strategies, discuss research projects and ideas, and answer any questions you may have as you approach graduation. Mentees will receive support and encouragement, have a sounding board to offer objective advice, and expand their professional network.  

How the Matching Process Works 

Policy academics, practitioners, and researchers will have their mentor profiles posted on APPAM.org. The profile will include a bio sketch, research interest(s), and type of mentoring they will provide (see above). Students may view all mentor profiles and then indicate their top 3 mentors during the mentee application process. Once the match has been confirmed with the mentor, mentees will be notified and then make initial contact with their mentor.

Required Program Activities 

MentoringTo help facilitate meaningful connections, all mentors and mentees are required to participate in the following activities:  

  1. Kickoff Webinar – All mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to attend this webinar which will help participants navigate the mentoring relationship. This webinar presents strategies for fostering and sustaining long-term mentoring relationships.  Attendees will hear from current mentors and student mentees on best practices for managing a meaningful mentoring relationship and how you can take advantage of these opportunities throughout the APPAM Mentor Matching Program.
  2. APPAM 2018 Fall Research Conference Meet-Up – APPAM invites all mentors and mentees who are attending the 2018 Fall Research Conference to attend this meet-up where you may meet your match in-person during the conference.  
  3. Program Summary – Upon conclusion of the program, mentors and mentees will be required to provide a short written summary of their experiences. This will provide future participants with examples of what the program entails and will provide feedback on the program so APPAM can improve upon it in the future. Participants will be asked how the program helped them in their career, what they learned, and why they chose to participate in the program.  

How to Enroll

Ready to be a mentor or request one?  Please see below:

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 year will open in July and conclude in October.  

Additional Information, Helpful Tips & Guidelines

  • Mentee must make initial contact with mentor within one week of matching
  • Mentor must respond to mentee within one week of initial contact
  • Mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to check-in at least once each quarter between summer/fall 2018 and spring/summer 2019 as well as make yourself available and respond in a timely manner 
  • Complete the APPAM Mentor Matching Program Webinar, a summary of your experience upon completion of the program, and attend the Mentor/Mentee Meet-up to be held at the 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference (if attending)  
  • Be respectful of your mentor’s/mentee’s existing time commitments
  • Respect your mentor/mentee, including their identity including race, ethnicity, gender, and gender expression, age, visible and non-visible disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, religious/non-religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, socio-economic class, or any of the other differences among people
  • Mentor agrees they are a professional working in the field of public policy, public affairs, and/or management
  • Mentee agrees they are a APPAM student member enrolled in a policy related degree program at an institution of higher education
  • Upon First Meeting: Agree on goals for the mentoring relationship during the first meeting between mentor and mentee and put them in writing and set expectations in terms of how often, when, and where to meet 

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