NSWA’s Mentorship Program fosters knowledge-sharing and community 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, mentee or accountability partner.

We attempt to match mentors, mentees and accountability partners based on their interests and occupations.

  • A mentor is a someone who would like to coach or guide a person who is interested in changing careers or new to the field.
  • A mentee is a someone who would like guidance from a mentor who has more experience in a particular career or field of science writing. The mentee may be new to science writing or already experienced in one area and looking to transition or expand into another.
  • An accountability partner is a partnership where you mutually agree to coach each other, keep each other on track and committed to individually identified goals, and provide feedback on a regular basis.

Application deadline

The application deadline is Sunday, Dec. 20 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
  • Accountability

What’s involved?

We attempt to pair mentors, mentees and accountability partners based on their interests and occupations. There will be an initial virtual meeting of all the Mentoring Program participants in January. Then, pairs will meet monthly over the course of a year and communicate regularly such as by email or phone or Google Hangouts.

Application

Fill out the online application by Sunday, Dec. 20 at 11:59 p.m.

Duration

Beginning Jan. 1 and lasting through Dec. 31.

Questions?

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