OIT U's Mentorship Program
Out in Tech U’s Mentorship Program empowers and encourages diversity in the tech world, pairing young adults with like-minded professionals working in the tech sector today. Students can learn first-hand the hard and soft skills needed for launching a successful career.
Through an eight-week-long growth workshop, mentors and mentees work closely together to create fun and inspiring projects, visit cool tech companies, and build lasting relationships based on mutual respect and interests.
The mentorship program is for any LGBTQ+ youth aged 17-24yo and based in the US.
No joke! Thanks to our amazing sponsors and partners, the program is free. We have both in-person mentorship located in NYC, as well as remote mentorship.
Open + Inclusive
We primarily work with LGBTQ+ youth, but we love everyone’s support and participation. Allies and friends are welcome!
Get paired with diverse professionals working in the tech industry who come from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
For 2 hours each week mentees and their mentors connect in-person or virtually, at the times of their choosing.
Half-way through the program, mentees and mentors will have two group outings hosted at a sweet tech company. (Previous visits include Spotify and Snapchat)
Hear From Previous Mentors + Mentees
Mentee / Freshman Programming Student
Mentor / Software Developer
Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone between the ages of 17-24 is welcome to apply to be a mentee. We encourage any students interested in programing, data, or design (and no previous experience or coursework is necessary to apply). Those applying for the NYC mentorship program should live in the New York Metro area. Remote mentees can be anywhere.
Mentors are expected to commit approximately 3 hours per week, with 2 hours dedicated to meeting with your mentee (these can be blocked together, or as two 1-hour sessions). One hour is dedicated to developing students’ career-oriented skills to prepare them for the working world (e.g., information about career paths, interviewing skills, and resume building); the second houris dedicated to building the student’s project (see below for more information).
Paired mentors will need to complete a background check in order to work with students. We will provide more information when that process begins. If you have already been fingerprinted in the past for a volunteering or teaching opportunity, please let us know in your application.
Mentors and mentees will identify areas of interest and go through interviews with members of Out in Tech. Based on the application and those conversations, Out in Tech will then make the final pairings.
For mentors, ideal candidates will be experienced STEM professionals comfortable helping students with small technical projects. However, we welcome volunteers from a broad range of tech-related fields, including sales, marketing, design, etc.
Out in Tech will provide a suggested skeletal outline of topics and activities to cover during mentoring sessions. However, mentors and mentees are encouraged to use their creativity to build on this, dedicating time on particular areas of mutual interest and expertise. Mentors and mentees will spend time each week developing both functional and career-oriented skills for a future in tech.
Students entering the program will be asked to prepare a small project that they expect to complete in eight weeks. They will then have the opportunity to present their projects as part of the program’s graduation in December.Mentors should guide initial project selection, and can help refine or modify projects, as necessary, throughout the program.
If you’re selected for the NYC Mentorship program, mentor/mentee meet-ups will ideally be done in-person, at a time and place of mutual choosing. At least three events will be hosted at various sites around the city — dates/locations are still to be determined.
The majority of participants are part of the digital program, which means that all meetups between mentors and mentees will be done virtually (as well as a series of events throughout the 8 weeks).
This is a case-by-case situation. Some students may have their own laptops on which to work on their projects. For students without, we may ask mentors to bring a laptop with them to mentoring sessions. Out in Tech is committed to ensuring every student and mentor has the necessary equipment to be successful in the program.