NAPA’s Mentor Program provides information on anthropology careers, and tries to match students, new professionals, and mid-level and senior career changers with professional anthropologists for an ongoing professional relationship.
A mentorship can:
- Provide one-on-one guidance in defining your career goals
- Help you to customize your resume for your specialty area
- Help you to develop a professional network
The Mentor Program is open to individuals of any age and status, regardless of previous experience in any professional or academic setting. When matched, mentors and mentees are expected to keep in regular contact for at least one year. The frequency and methods of contact can be established by both sides, but email and telephone calls should be supplemented by at least one in-person meeting. This will typically take place at an annual meeting, but is not a precursor to contacts getting underway.
Discussions between mentors and mentees can include the following:
- General information on careers in anthropology
- Guidelines for selecting a graduate program in applied anthropology
- Recommendations on how to prepare yourself for a career as a professional anthropologist
- Recommended readings
NAPA sponsors instant mentoring annually at AAA meetings. If you are attending the annual AAA meeting, look for the NAPA information table (typically in or near the exhibition hall). Instant mentoring is scheduled for several hours during regular meeting hours. Mentees sign up at the NAPA information table or are mentored on the spot. This is an extremely popular offering and provides a real service to new and transitioning anthropologists of all backgrounds and interests.