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ICSC Foundation
Mentorship Program!

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The ICSC Foundation Mentorship Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning more about the development and management of marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play and gather. Mentees receive exposure to the industry outside of the classroom, including access to information, new experiences and opportunities to build professional connections.

Mentors are ICSC members with relevant experience who are excited about building the industry’s next generation of talent. They play an invaluable role in furthering a student's professional growth. Based on encouragement, openness and a willingness to learn and share, this program offers a rich experience that often benefits the mentor as much as it does the student mentee.  

Program Details and Requirements

  • Academic year commitment that runs from late September through the end of May, although the mentoring pair may mutually decide to continue the relationship until a later date. 
  • Regular communication (via phone, video call, email, etc.) between mentor and mentee throughout the duration of the program; a minimum of one meeting per month is required.
  • Mentor/mentee participation in an orientation and submission of online check-in surveys to assess progress and help identify trouble spots and opportunities. 
  • Mentee applicants must be ICSC student members who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming fall semester. Mentor applicants must be ICSC members with at least five years of work experience in the industry.

For questions, please contact Colleen Merolle, Mentorship Program Manager, at cmerolle@icsc.com.

Why Become a Mentor?

  • DEVELOP feedback and critical thinking skills
  • GROW your network within the organization
  • ADVANCE your leadership skills
  • GAIN better understanding of the organization 

Why Become a Mentee?

  • GROW professional networks
  • LEARN to navigate workplace challenges
  • DEVELOP your leadership skills
  • EXPLORE opportunities and build your career path

One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination. - John C. Maxwell

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