The resource guide aims to give both mentors and mentees a few suggestions on how to get the most out of your mentoring experience.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email:


1. Setting expectations:

In your first meeting, consider outlining some expectations and deciding on how often you both can meet throughout the program. This can help structure your future meetings and ensure regular interaction with your mentee.

2. Attending events on the Hill:

Since the first meeting can feel more like giving an informational interview, consider inviting your mentee to a Hill reception, briefing, or monthly WCSA Happy Hour or Dinner & Dialogue event.

3. Attending events off the Hill:

Attending events off the Hill can also be a great way to help broaden your mentee's network, and several events around Washington D.C. may be of interest:

     Ladies DC

     Global WIN

     Women in Government Relations  (required cost for membership)

     Cloture Club

4. Expanding your mentee's network:

Consider introducing your mentee to contacts in your network. While making introductions is not required, it can be helpful to your mentee if you know someone who shares an interest or works on issues she is interested in.

5. Volunteering:

Volunteering for a local organization or charity together can be a great way to strengthen your bond with your mentee while also doing some good for your community! Consider volunteering at a nearby soup kitchen, farmer’s market, or other charitable organization.


1. Outlining goals and interests:

Your first interaction with your mentor may feel awkward and it can be challenging to narrow down exactly what you would like to get out of the program. Let your mentor know your goals and the issue areas or career tracks you are interested in. Your mentor will know how best to assist you and what resources to provide based on what you tell them.

2. Resume help:

If you’re looking for a new position or want to improve your resume or cover letter, your mentor is a great resource! Consider asking for some feedback. This will be a constructive way to use your time and let your mentor get to know you better. Given that she is usually a level or two senior to you, she will have some insight on how to improve your resume to land your next position.

3. Following up:

You and your mentor should be in contact at least once a month, and you may have to send a note if you haven’t heard from her in awhile. Use your judgment when following up with your mentor. Sending a brief and friendly note after a week with no response should be appropriate. If, after several weeks, you still have not heard from your mentor, please email:

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