Share Your Experience with a Student
We rely on volunteers from the IT professional community to help mentor high school students and IT-Ready graduates as they embark on their new career journey.
In Chicago, we work with Early College STEM schools
to connect high school students with employers. Whether it’s meeting once a month or once a year, plenty of mentor opportunities are available. You’ll give students a personal connection to the industry and expose them to various IT jobs.
Every ECSS student has the unique opportunity to have 1:1 industry career coaches. This is usually reserved for junior/senior classes on an opt-in basis and gives mentors maximum impact opportunity with a student. The freshman/sophomore students connect with mentors in large group events held a few times each year. Every school and grade level has different mentoring needs, and mentors choose their preferred style and schools. Whether it’s an ongoing relationship or a one-time event, your time spent exposing students to IT careers makes a difference!
To maximize mentor relationships, every volunteer completes a profile survey to identify professional strengths, career interests and other topics for mentorship. We rely upon the survey to best match professionals with students according to common interests and skills. All professionals go through an orientation session to review program structure and goals and receive a Mentor Resource Guide, which frames the goals of the mentoring session throughout the year.
If you’d like to offer an internship in Chicago, contact Andrea McMillian
, Manager, Workforce Strategy and Innovation.