Mentorship Program

A major benefit of belonging to IABC is the opportunity to network with, and learn from, people outside of your regular work environment.  Turning to your IABC peers can help you forge new connections, stay current with industry best practices, expand your knowledge, give back to the profession, or advance your career.

How It Works

There are two roles: mentor and mentee, and two tiers of each.

Junior Mentoring Program
In the Junior Mentoring program, mentees are students or have less than two years of experience in their careers and they are matched with a mentor who has a minimum of five years’ experience.

Regular Mentoring Program
In the Regular Mentoring program, mentees have more than two years of experience and are matched with mentors who have 10 years+ experience. It is possible to be a mentor and a mentee at the same time (if interested, ask about the requirements with your application).

The program runs formally for a six month period beginning in December 2013 and may continue informally thereafter for as long as both parties desire. During the six month period, pairs are expected to meet roughly every four to six weeks for about an hour, either in person or by phone. Each pair is supported by the Director of Mentorship who provides support to guide the planning and ongoing discussions, and answers questions as needed.

Who can apply to participate as a mentor or mentee in the Regular Program

To apply as a mentee you must… To apply as a mentor, you must…
Be a current IABC member working in the communications industry for at least two years Be a current IABC member with at least 10+ years’ experience
Live in San Diego County Live in San Diego County


Who can apply to participate as a mentor or mentee in the Junior Program

To apply as a mentee you must… To apply as a mentor, you must…
Be a student member or current IABC member working in the communications industry for less than two years Be a current IABC member with at least five years’ experience in communications
Live in San Diego County Live in San Diego County


How to apply & next steps

  • Potential Mentors and Mentees apply via a downloadable application form.
  • The form will go to Jennifer Nance, Director of Mentorship. She will evaluate and pair Mentors and Mentees, aided by personal interview, if necessary. We will do our best to match pairs based on industry and career interest.
  • Once the pairs have been chosen, they will be brought together for a small, informal kick-off event where they will be introduced, sign agreements and agree on initial plan of action.
  • Formal check-in will be made at mid-point.

Key dates:

  • Submit application by December 6.
  • Mentor/mentees selected and notified by December 20.
  • Kickoff event to be held first week of January. (mentors/mentees meet and greet)
  • Formal program begins January 2014.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the Director of Mentorship: Jennifer Nance.