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Sign up to Mentor a TFAS Student Intern

TFAS is seeking working professionals in the Washington, D.C. area to volunteer as virtual mentors to college students attending our virtual program this summer. Mentors are matched with students based on several common factors including professional field, hometown, alma mater and political ideology.

Special assistant to the Secretary of State, Victoria Ellington, served as a D.C. Summer Program mentor in 2019.


Fill out our short Mentor Program Sign Up Survey by Friday, May 15.

Based on your answers, we will match you with a student and connect you with them by email before the start of the program on June 8.


To help you and your mentee get the most out of the program, we’ve developed the following program requirements:

  • Commitment to serve as a mentor during the eight week summer program (June 8 – July 31)
  • Willingness to have Zoom or FaceTime meetings with your mentee once a week (discussion topics will be provided)
  • Send an introductory email to your mentee prior to the program, and stay in touch throughout the summer
  • Be a working professional in the D.C. metro area
  • Possess two or more years of full-time professional experience OR be a TFAS alumnus


  • May 15: Mentor Sign Up Deadline
  • Week of June 1: Mentor/student matching notifications sent by email
  • June 8: Students begin first week of virtual programming
  • June 17: Student/Mentor Zoom Kick Off Call

Sign Up To Mentor A TFAS Student Intern


Kayla Davis ’18 connects with her TFAS mentor during the 2018 “Meet Your Mentor” breakfast.

The TFAS virtual mentor program is designed to help provide a well-rounded Washington experience without leaving their homes. Students will be matched with area professionals who can offer career guidance; review their resume, share insider tips and offer general advice. This is even more important this year, as many of our students are looking to make connections in the Washington, D.C. area to expand their network.

Students undergo a rigorous application process before being accepted into our programs. Most are upperclassmen and have an average GPA of 3.5. Our students are from campuses across the United States and abroad, ranging from small private colleges to large state universities.

Students attend our Virtual Summer Program that combines online coursework and professional development seminars with remote internships. Internship areas include:

  • Public Policy
  • International Affairs
  • Lobbying, Business and Government Relations
  • Journalism and Communications
  • Nonprofit
  • Legal

For additional information, please visit our website here.


Andrew Powaleny ’08 meets with his mentee at the “Meet Your Mentor” Breakfast.

Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, you probably remember your college days and the difficult decisions you faced at this critical crossroad of life. No matter the preparation, the transition from college campus to the working world was most likely a stressful one. Now you can positively influence a young person and gain personal satisfaction in the process. Some benefits of mentoring:

  • Increasing your understanding of your own personal and professional goals
  • Gaining personal satisfaction as you help a future leader
  • Developing new skills, such as counseling and strategic thinking
  • Invitations to future TFAS networking and volunteer appreciation events throughout the year


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Dana Faught at mentor@TFAS.org or 202-986-0384.

Sign Up to Mentor a TFAS Student Intern