Mentor FAQs

How do I become a CEO Program mentor?
To become a CEO Program mentor please visit the Interested Mentors / Partners section of our website and complete a mentor application. After you complete a mentor application we will contact you to discuss next steps. We would love to have you!
What are the responsibilities of a CEO Program mentor?
CEO Program mentors attend bi-monthly career focused project sessions in order to assist interns with the design and completion of a project that demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for success at the workplace. CEO Program mentors also serve as the primary supervisor for interns during the summer internship.
What are the mentor time commitments?
Career focused project sessions take place bi-monthly on either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:30pm – 6:00pm. This adds up to roughly a four hour time commitment each month. CEO Program mentors also serve as the primary supervisor for interns for 80 hours during the summer internship.
Is the CEO Program free for mentors and partner organizations?
Yes, the CEO Program is free for mentors and partner organizations. There is no monetary cost to participate, as interns are paid by DC Public Schools.
What is the career focused project?
The career focused project is a project that demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for success in an interns career field of interest. The focus of each project is determined by the intern and mentor during the first two career focused project sessions. CEO Program staff are available to assist with project ideas if necessary.
Could you please give me an example of a career focused project?
Of course. Below are five examples of excellent projects from previous years.
  • Mentor Organization: Architect of the Capitol / Project: Intern created a 3-D design of a music studio
  • Mentor Organization: NASA / Project: Intern gave a presentation on the landing of the Mars Rover
  • Mentor Organization: HSC / Project: Intern researched and gave a talk on Diabetes
  • Mentor Organization: Advisory Board / Project: Interns created business plan for a non-profit
  • Mentor Organization: Northrop Grumman / Project: Intern presented the steps to become an engineer
Where are the career focused project sessions held?
Career focused project sessions are held at the National Youth Transition Center. (NYTC) The NYTC is located at 2013 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.