The GCC Mentoring Program was established in 2017 and the first cohort was launched in 2018 with 13 mentoring pairs. The program has grown to 42 mentoring pairs in 2021.  

The mission of the mentoring program is to promote professional growth and build community for all GCC members by providing a structured mentoring program that removes barriers, facilitates connections, and supports an environment where learning can flourish.

All GCC members are encouraged to participate! Participants from previous years’ programs are welcome and encouraged to re-apply for this year’s program. A new application for each participant each year is required.  

Application for the 2022-2023 GCC Mentoring Program is now OPEN! 

Become a Mentor!  Join as a Mentee!

Application closes July 31, 2022.

Sign-up for 2022-2023 Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program at GCC has been one of the best experiences I have had so far! The 2 mentees I have been able to work with are now great friends!

This program was absolutely invaluable to me this year.

I am so glad to have participated as a mentor and gained a professional friend in the process.

[My mentor] validates some of my efforts, and gives me confidence to redefine and reorganize others so I can maximize my ability to help the greatest number of students at a high level.

I am a huge beneficiary of the program.

Get Involved

to engage with others in the GCC community, enhance your own professional development, and give back to our organization.
and partner with your mentor to advance professionally, be more engaged in the GCC community, and learn how to better serve your graduate students and/or postdocs in a career and professional development capacity.
• Mentors: We invite GCC members with 3 or more years in the GCC or 3 or more years serving as a graduate career professional to apply as mentors. 
• Mentees:  We invite GCC members (at any stage) who feel they would benefit from this program to apply as mentees.
• Applications open during or right after the annual GCC Conference. The 2022-2023 application cycle is now open until July 31, 2022
• Based on responses to questions on application regarding preferences, interests, and needs, 1 mentor will be matched with 1 mentee.
• Mentoring pairs are introduced to each other in August.
            • The program runs from August through July of the following year.
• Mentoring pairs work together to decide meeting/session logistics - frequency, format, mode - that work for both. Mentoring pairs set up their own meetings & discuss topics most relevant for them
• The mentoring program supports mentors and mentees via periodic check-ins, mentoring resources, & guidance
• We recommend that mentoring pairs connect with each other monthly, but ask that you plan to connect with each other at least three times during the course of the year.
• Mentoring pairs can connect via phone or video conference to discuss challenges, successes, and issues.
• Past topics have included: developing new programs, working with employers, managing office staff, starting a new office, administering assessments and understanding tool options, championing for career advancement, and serving the needs of diverse students and postdocs.