The Mentorship Programme began in 2015 as a student-run initiative. The co-founders wanted to improve the MINT experience for the future cohort, helping to smooth their transition to Geneva by offering a match between incoming first-year students and seasoned second-year students. Now in its second year, the programme has expanded its mentor base in order to accommodate as many mentees as possible. In addition to facilitating the communication between individual students, the programme organizes an orientation for programme participants in the beginning of the academic year, as well as relevant workshops on career advice, thesis preparation, and academic success for the whole MINT community. The Co-Coordinators, one each from the MIA and MDEV programme, can act as a liaison between the students and the administration, and serve as key resources for students who require additional assistance. Recruitment for mentors happens around the end of second semester and the application for mentees opens around June or July, although first-year students may also be able to request a mentor during the year in exceptional circumstances.
The Co-Coordinators for 2016-17 are Zeila and So Young, from MIA and MDEV respectively, and they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.