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Professional Mentorship Program

About the Program
Mentorship builds confidence and inspires students as they transition from academia to practice. It is mutually beneficial for the mentor and mentee in generating enthusiasm, sharing knowledge, and engendering curiosity. DURP and the American Planning Association Hawaii Chapter have partnered to offer a mentoring program on professional development for graduate students by pairing participating second-year students with experienced planners in the Chapter. Students who wish to be paired with a mentor may submit a completed application form (available at the front desk).

APAHI mentors, as a service to DURP, are willing to contribute to the professional development of graduate students in the field of urban and regional planning that provides benefits such as:

  1. Advice on career options
  2. Practical perspectives on technical subjects
  3. Networking opportunities with professional planners
  4. Guidance on professional development opportunities
  5. Discussion on the benefits of professional certification (AICP)

DURP second-year students and Ph.D. candidates who apply for a mentor.
APAHI members who volunteer to be a mentor to a DURP student
DURP sponsor:  Chair, supported by mentee’s advisor
APAHI sponsor:  President, supported by mentoring committee chair (ad hoc)

Mentor/Mentee Matching Process
Mentee submits application (form provided) to DURP
Faculty with assistance by APAHI identify potential matches of mentors for mentees.
Mentee and mentor confirm potential match in September at kick-off meeting or on own.

If no confirmation, a different mentor is identified for confirmation.

Kick-off meeting for Mentors and Mentees
Mentees, mentors, and faculty attend a pau hana at DURP to discuss the program.
Mentor and mentee meet each other to discuss expectations, meeting/activity frequency, responsibilities.
Arrange coordination with student’s advisor.

An agreement (form provided) is made between mentor and mentee based on mutual expectations.

Mentoring throughout academic year
The mentoring program will generally run throughout the academic year (August through May).

Pau hana and Evaluation
DURP and APAHI will organize an end-of-year pau hana for participants. The mentor and mentee will each provide an evaluation (form is provided) to DURP and APAHI. DURP/APAHI will review the evaluations to identify areas for improvement.

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