ATA Mentoring Program

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ATA Mentoring Program

The ATA Mentoring Program offers matching services to a limited number of mentees for six months. A total of 30 mentees will be selected through a competitive application process.

The next session will begin in April 2020 and run through September 2020.

Applications from ATA members interested in participating in the program (mentors and mentees) will be accepted through March 6, 2020. This will be the only enrollment period in 2020.

Applicants selected for the program will be notified by April 15, 2020.

Watch the free ATA Mentoring Program webinar to learn more about the program! See webinar question-and-answer handout.

Quick Questions About the ATA Mentoring Program

Who may participate in the ATA Mentoring Program?

  • Any ATA member is eligible for participation in the program.

What kind of time commitment is involved?

  • ATA mentorships last for six months, with the option of extending to one year.
  • One to two hours per month or more.

What do I need to know?

  • The mentee sets the goals and pace.
  • Mentor and mentee negotiate how the relationship will play out.
  • Most ATA mentorships are long-distance.

How can I become a mentee?

  • Review and update your professional services listing in the online ATA Directory.
    Don't have a listing? Create one!
  • Download the ATA Mentee Statement Worksheet from the ATA website.
  • Write a 400-word essay in English using your worksheet answers.
    Be sure to include:
       »  description of your background
       »  your translation or interpreting experience
       »  what you hope to gain from an ATA mentorship
  • Email your contact information, with your worksheet and essay as attachments, to

How can I become a mentor?

  • Update your ATA directory profile.
  • Download the ATA Mentor Statement Worksheet from the ATA website.
  • Fill out the worksheet; the Mentoring Committee will use this information to match you to a mentee.
  • Email the worksheet as an attachment to