Career Mentorship Introductory Letter: Student to Mentor Request
This is a sample introductory letter students may send to a prospective mentor.
Student Informational Packet
Click for an overview of the mentorship requirement.
Mentor Internship Packet
Click for an overview of the mentorship - ideal for new mentors!
To be signed by the mentor, student, and parent. Afterwards, please drop off to Enrichment Office to have formal approval. Email approval also works.
To be completed at the end of the mentorship experience. The mentor needs to sign off on this.
Please complete this form after your mentorship concludes and turn in a signed time sheet to the Enrichment Office.
The Washtenaw International High School participates in the State of Michigan Career Pathways program. The career mentorship requirement is an integral part of the WIHI curriculum. During either the junior or senior year, students will participate in an internship at a local business, government or service agency. Our goal is for students to develop first hand knowledge of how an organization works and establish relationships that will result in future networking contacts.
We also hope students will develop interpersonal communication skills while increasing their awareness of workplace standards, practices, and ethics. Ideally, this mentorship will be in an area of future career interest and the student will have a real life experience to confirm their choice and help direct their college search process.
The Career Mentorship/Job Shadowing is a graduation requirement and, therefore, must be completed by mid-winter break of the senior year. It requires 24 hours of direct contact with the mentor and must be completed outside the ordinary school day. School breaks are often the best time to fulfill this requirement.
Mentorships must be approved in advance by the Enrichment Coordinator, Ms. Persells, and/or Principal. All of the necessary paperwork is included outside of the Enrichment Office or on this website. Some students may already have an idea of who they would like to mentor them, however, designated WIHI staff members can also help with identifying potential mentors. Please see Ms. Persells after school if you need guidance.
Students can start doing a Career Mentorship/Job Shadowing as early as the summer going into their 11th grade. Students who do an internship prior to this time will not be able to count it as their Job Shadowing requirement, but may be able to count it as an Independent Enrichment. Approval will be needed prior to starting, and students are required to find their own mentor. We encourage students to search university and college faculty/staff lists to find their perfect fit.
Please contact Kyrsten Persells, the Enrichment Coordinator, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org