NSWA’s Mentoring Program fosters knowledge-sharing and community among our members by pairing up people within our organization to share career advice and grow in their professions.

To participate in the year-long program (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31), you must be a member of NSWA, but you can be at any stage in your career. You may be new to science writing, shifting from staff journalist to freelance writing or formulating a book proposal.

You are welcome to apply to be a mentor or a mentee; you will be paired if there is a suitable match.

Application deadline

The application deadline is Sunday, Dec. 22 at 11:59 p.m. The application period is announced via social media and in the NSWA email newsletter.

Benefits of program

  • Foster connections
  • Share advice
  • Ask questions
  • Grow your profession

What’s involved?

Mentors and mentees are paired up based on interests and occupations listed in their short applications. They agree to meet at least three times over the course of a year, either virtually or in person. And mentors and mentees also communicate regularly such as by email, phone or Google Hangouts or Skype.

Mentors and mentees may be in two different geographic locations in the Pacific Northwest.



Beginning Jan. 1 and lasting through Dec. 31.


Contact NSWA board member Elizabeth Sharpe at mentorship@nwscience.org