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MEDA Mentorship Connection - Mentees

Logo Text Color2xThe MEDA Mentorship Connection program will provide you with the opportunity to learn from a leader in the economic development industry via one-on-one interaction.

Samantha Seimer, Vice President, Economic Development Services, AKT Peerless Environmental Services, and Emerging Leaders Co-Chair, listed "Five Reasons A Mentor is Important to Your Economic Development Career" in her MEDA Blog. Per Sam, "No two career paths to economic development look identical. Having a trusted and seasoned colleague to guide you throughout your career path is important to prepare you for success. Whether you are still in school, or in the early stages of your career and seeking a better understanding of working in the industry, MEDA’s Emerging Leaders Network can help you find a mentorship that best fits your goals."

How to Ask for a Mentor

Simply contact the MEDA office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your resume and we'll put out a "Call for Mentor" email to our members in the geographical area that you are interested in.

Before the Ask

  • Be prepared to explain your interest in economic development. It is a common question.
  • Prepare/update your resume, double-checking for misspelled words or grammar errors. PRO TIP: Provide a clean LinkedIn profile link with your resume.

Helpful Tips and Resources

  • Review Chapter 1 of MEDA's Economic Development Methods and Strategies book "Economic Development Today." This will help to clarify the basics of an economic development role.
  • Have potential meeting dates to suggest for the mentor.
  • Review helpful articles, such as 7 Tips for Job Shadowing.

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