Operations

What funding is available for mentorship programs at MIT?

Consider which offices, departments, divisions, or other units support your program focus and target audiences, both mentors and mentees. Existing programs at MIT typically operate out of one particular unit that provides funding and advisement. In return, program administrators are accountable to the funding source and must demonstrate sufficient achievement of stated goals. For instance, a group run by students might look primarily to the Student Activities Office for funding. For other examples, see the MIT MENTORSHIP DIRECTORY.

How are changes in program leadership accommodated?

Changes in program leadership might occur for a number of reasons, particularly if the organization is run by students. In these cases, leadership will naturally turn over as a result of graduation. In other cases, changes may occur due to shifting interests and priorities.

In all cases, begin by surveying the leadership team. How soon will individuals be graduating? Throughout the cycle of the program, keep a pulse on each team member’s interest and satisfaction level by checking in as a group or on a 1:1 basis. Even if no one on the leadership team will be graduating and everyone seems to maintain a high level of interest, identify and cultivate potential leaders within the organization who can provide additional perspective on the direction of the program and step in if needed. Think about tapping into the potential of underclassmen leaders so turnover does not happen all at once. Also consider keeping organized records of important information related to the program that can be passed down from one leadership team to the next.