For Mentees | Staff Mentorship Program

Stanford is a large institution. At times, it can be difficult to navigate the job classifications and opportunities for career growth and advancement in the School of Medicine. If you are looking to refresh, refine, or reinvent your career, or just get objective advice on your decision-making or other skills, the School of Medicine Mentorship Program is a great place to start.


You can be a mentee in the SoM Mentoring Program if you: have worked at

  • Stanford School of Medicine for at least one year;
  • are classified at Classification Level H, I, or J;
  • have demonstrated a commitment to Stanford as an employer.

Benefits of Mentorship

The benefits of being a mentee are numerous, and include:

  • Enhancing your professional network
  • Overcoming obstacles to career growth
  • Clarify your professional goals
  • Learn how to conduct yourself in an informational interview
  • Prepare a targeted resume
  • Listen to constructive feedback for growth and improvement

Responsibilities of a Mentee

  • Mentees must attend the informal mixer in October 2018 to meet potential mentors. Mentees may also request informational interviews with potentials mentors during the selection process.
  • Mentees must be willing to meet with their matched mentors in person for one hour once or twice a month for the duration of the program; January – September 2019.
  • At the outset, mentees will establish goals with their mentor to guide their time together.
  • Mentees must want to share their experiences candidly and to seek advice from a leader in the School of Medicine regarding their professional development.

Application & Selection Process

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 program.

As part of the application, you will need to write answers to the below questions:

1.      Why do you want to participate in this program?
2.      Discuss your specific goals for participating in the staff mentoring program.
3.      What do you love about your work? What do you like least about your work?
4.      Have you ever participated in a mentoring program (formal or informal)? Please describe prior experience. What worked and what didn’t work?
5.      What Is the most interesting thing you’ve worked on in the past two years? Why was it interesting and what did you learn?
6.      Participants in our program will have a peer cohort throughout the program year. How would you take best advantage of the group? What strengths would you bring to the group?

Once the pool of mentors and mentees have been identified, the Mentoring Committee will host an informal mixer, which will serve as a casual way for potential mentors and mentees to meet. Each mentee may also schedule an informational interview with mentors of his/her choice to determine fit. You will have a chance to rank the mentors you meet in October.  The mentorship committee will conduct the  “match” process and send out the final match in the month of November.


For more information about being a mentee, contact a member of the mentorship committee at