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As an OISE student, you will automatically receive an email invitation to participate in the OISE Mentorship Program every September.

It is an international mentorship program, and some mentors participate from across the globe. Before signing up, consider your availability over your Fall and Winter terms. Applicants must commit to six online meetings with their mentor — signing up is a commitment! 

Once signed up, you will be invited to an interactive virtual launch event in late September and instructed to connect with your mentor digitally on agreed terms. 

Program features in 2021-2022

  • Match with an alum in your field
  • Meet once a month from October to March
  • Discuss shared interests, industry trends and career experiences
  • Join us at exclusive events, including a virtual launch party and skills workshops

Upcoming mentorship events

Resources for mentees

Your mentor may have two mentees, but the time commitment remains the same. We encourage you to schedule meetings when all participants can attend together. Meetings can be any length or format that is mutually convenient.

While your mentorship journey is self-directed, we're always here to provide support. Just send us an email.

Are you an OISE alum? Experience the rewards of mentoring a student!


Ways to connect

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet, chat and collaborate often! We provide a fun opportunity to meet your match and other alumni and students at the annual launch event. Scroll below for upcoming mentorship events.

Online communication is a convenient way to connect. Email, Zoom, Slack, Google Meet or a phone call are just some of the ways you can meet your mentor digitally.

Resources for student mentees

Take advantage of workshops and services offered by U of T Career Exploration & Education. Services for students include resume review, interview preparation, job shadowing, career fairs, and more. Sign up for these services today!

Please use these links for student life servicesinternational experience and new student resources.

U of T students have free access to LinkedIn Learning where you can find helpful tutorials on:

  • Characteristics of a successful mentee;
  • Gaining confidence as a mentee;
  • Building trust with your mentor;
  • And more!

Upcoming events for mentors and mentees

RSVP details for exclusive mentorship events are sent to current participants by email.



Webcast available




Learn about your role as a mentee in the OISE Mentorship Program and meet fellow participants at our virtual launch party!

The event recording has been emailed to all participants. Can't find our emails? Contact us.

Nov. 25, 2021

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.



Join Dr. Cindy Sinclair and author Leslie Ann for this exclusive career workshop for mentors and mentees.

Learn how to think critically, reflect, analyze, plan and produce effective writing that transfers your thoughts into texts in the academic and working world. Participants should come prepared to engage in a virtual writing exercise.

Bring a pen, paper and a beverage of your choice!

Winter semester training - TBD



Maximizing Mentorship is a series of 3 workshops that aim to support students in building skills so they can benefit from the mentorship experience. The workshops in this series include:  

  • Defining Mentorship Roles: An asynchronous training* focused on identifying the role of mentors and mentees.
  • Reciprocity & Expectations: The first workshop of the synchronous series which discusses the importance of reciprocity and communicating expectations in a mentoring relationship. 
  • Goal Setting & Ending a Mentorship: The second workshop of the synchronous series concentrated on exploring strategies to help mentees make the most of and feel comfortable in their experience.

*The asynchronous training titled Defining Mentorship Roles is to be completed by the mentee when convenient.

Stay tuned for winter semester training here.


Read our Program Terms & Disclaimer


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