CAI-NJ Mentorship Program

New for 2023, CAI-NJ is rolling out the very first industry Mentorship Program!

As a mentee, you will be matched with an experienced industry professional who will serve as your mentor for a full calendar year. CAI-NJ mentors serve to support the interest of existing, new, and young professional members throughout their careers. Through individual contact, mentors will be a resource and will serve as coaches within a defined period agreed upon by mentors and mentees. Mentors will be knowledgeable in their fields and will serve as a guide for members to further advance their work, goals and career.

CAI-NJ mentees will be coached to identify the skills, and resources desired to achieve specific career goals, work-related issues or projects. Through individual contact, mentees will identify gaps in knowledge and build a rapport with a well-matched mentor. Mentees will be forthcoming about their needs early in the relationship to help further shape a plan to address areas for growth within their careers and knowledge in the association industry.

Responsibilities of a Mentee

  • Identify the skills, knowledge that you want to achieve and communicate them to your mentor
  • Develop and maintain an action plan and work with your mentor to set up goals, developmental activities, and time frames
  • Bring up new topics that are important to you at any point and give feedback to your mentor
  • Work with your mentor to seek resources for learning; identify people and information that might be helpful
  • Look for opportunities to give back to your mentor; share any information that you think might be valuable
  • Develop and maintain relationships with mentors through frequent contact (i.e., weekly, monthly, quarterly)
  • Serve as a positive role model for existing, new and young professionals
  • Inquire about open CAI-NJ volunteer opportunities
  • Must attend at least one CAI-NJ event (i.e., annual, mid-year, social)
  • Must meet with a mentor at least four times in one calendar year
  • Participate in an evaluation survey at the end of the mentor/mentee relationship

Benefits to Mentee:

  • Improved leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Expansion of a professional network
  • Increased confidence in the workplace
  • Develop strategies for dealing with professional issues
  • Develop a deeper understanding of association volunteer opportunities


  • Must be a CAI-NJ member in good standing


Applications will remain confidential. All submissions will be reviewed and approved at the discretion of the CAI-NJ Board of Directors.

I would like to be paired with a Mentor!

CAI-NJ Mentee Application

Please fill out the following fields to apply to be a mentee today!