Mentor Application - SIILK Network Mentorship Program
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About The SIILK Network Mentorship Program
The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) coordinates the SIILK (Sustainable & Impact Investing Learning and Knowledge) Network, which brings together students, faculty, administrators, trustees, and financial professionals on campuses across the country involved with student-managed sustainable investing funds and sustainable investing curriculum development.  

A component of this work is a mentorship program for pairing students with experts from the sustainable investing industry to provide real-world experience in sustainable investing and build their professional networks. The mentorship program aims to engage students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including students of color and low-income students; with a goal of creating a more diverse pipeline of finance professionals with a solid grasp on sustainable investing.

Mentees are expected to:

• Develop with their mentor a set of tangible and feasible goals to complete within the term of the mentorship (i.e. establish ESG criteria for student-managed fund, introduce impact investing unit to finance course, host half-day event on sustainable investing, write research paper, develop understanding of the field);
• Schedule and attend phone or in-person meetings with their mentor once a month to update them on progress in relation to their set goals and request feedback;
• Share the results of their mentorship with The SIILK Network and IEN more broadly through a blog post, report, case study, or other deliverable(s).

Mentors are expected to:

• Help their mentee develop a set of tangible and feasible goals for the formal mentorship period that leverage their expertise;
• Offer ongoing support and guidance to their mentee, both in relation to those goals and their broader career goals;
• Connect with their mentee once a month over the term of the project;
• Offer career advice, opportunities for informational interviews with colleagues, and access to relevant educational materials.

Selection, Eligibility, & Term

Participants in the program are selected and matched by IEN staff based on applications received on a rolling basis. Participation as a mentor or mentee is a six-month commitment, with required monthly calls to check-in on progress.

In order to apply to be a mentor, an organization must be an IEN Member. A full member list and information on membership are available on the IEN website.

In order to apply to be a mentee, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with a demonstrated interest in sustainable investing.  


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Nicole Torrico at or visit
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