Also open to non-student emerging planners!
We are pleased to announce that the Sun Coast Section of APA FL and the USF Masters of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program have partnered to offer the Mentor a Planning Student (MAPS) program. The program is open to students in the USF MURP program as well as emerging planners in the Sun Coast area. The Mentoring Program helps facilitate voluntary relationships between mentors and students for one academic year (November – April).
Mentors & Mentees: Sign up by October 23rd, 2015!
For Mentor/Mentee application, click here.
Goals of the Program:
- To expose USF MURP students & Sun Coast area emerging planners to the actual work environments, responsibilities, and interactions of professional planning positions in Florida.
- To bring USF MURP students & Sun Coast area emerging planners into a mentor relationship with a practicing public or private sector planner in the region.
- To help USF MURP students & Sun Coast area emerging planners begin to develop their professional career networks.
- To further facilitate the relationship between university programs, APA Florida, sections, and planning professionals.
Mentees must be students in the USF MURP program or early career planners in the Sun Coast area. Mentors must be based in the Sun Coast area. Membership in APA Florida is not a requirement for mentors, students, or emerging planners, although it is encouraged.
Minimum Requirements for Mentors & Mentees:
- Timeframe for completing mentoring requirements is November – April.
- At least two shadowing experiences:
- A day at the office (this can be broken into a couple of smaller time blocks as long as the mentee is exposed to the longer term duties of the mentor)
- A day in the field working on a project with a client/constituency.
- A resume review by mentor.
- Participation in fall kick-off event to be organized by USF MURP & Sun Coast.
- Participation in spring event to be organized by USF MURP & Sun Coast.
- Completion of an evaluation report on the mentoring experience (both mentors & mentees).
- Upon request by mentee, the mentor will write a letter of recommendation but only if the mentor agrees to do so.
- No formal activities after first year, but participants encouraged to continue in an informal relationship if doing so seems fruitful to the mentor & mentee.