Mentoring makes a difference. Everyone needs someone who can help guide, advise, and inspire us to be more than we feel we can be alone.
The GBI program requires businesses assign a mentoring to meet with the GBI intern. Ideally, their supervisor will meet with and mentor the student in – not only topics relating to their field – but also in life and character.
However, the intern can be paired with a mentor other than their supervisor if circumstances require.
Mentors commit to complete all GBI requirements for the mentor/intern relationship:
- Check in on the intern daily to answer questions and give direction and encouragement.
- Meet weekly to discuss work matters, give career guidance, answer the intern’s questions, debrief, and encourage the intern.
- Give the intern an informal midway performance evaluation.
- Give the intern a formal final performance evaluation. The mentor may give the intern things to work on but the mentor will be especially purposeful in using this time for encouragement.