Help the next wave of aspiring developers and data scientists find the next stop in their careers. Share your experience and industry insights while providing support and encouragement in 1:1 sessions via video call.
Invest in People Give back to your local community and help new developers and data scientists launch their careers, prepare for jobs, and grow.
Recruit talent Be the first to mentor talented students and help them become high quality candidates for your company or industry.
How the new Industry Mentor Program works
All Lambda School students will have the opportunity to work with an Industry Mentor in the last 8 weeks of their course.
Get started by applying to become a mentor. Let us know why you want to be a Lambda Mentor and how you can help our students. We’ll ask you for a bit more info to help with matching if your application looks like a good fit.
Lambda School will pair you with a student that can learn from your experience. Whenever possible, we work to find a local match to help build your student’s network in a new industry.
Meet with your student
Commit to meeting with your student once per week for 8 weeks, virtually for 45 - 60 minutes. We will provide you with worksheets to help guide your sessions. Along the way we ask for feedback from mentors and students to help improve the program. Let us know when a student might benefit from extra guidance from our careers team.
Explore our hands-on curriculum
Apply and get instant access to our free precourse work.
See what students think of the Industry Mentor Program
Students benefit greatly from working with Industry Mentors. See what they say:
"My mentor gave me confidence in seeking new opportunities"
"Getting insight into the other side of the hiring equation helped me better prepare"
"She made me feel confident, like I'm in the right place taking the right steps forward"
"My mentor treats me like an equal and that's helped me really feel like I belong in this industry"
"He put me in touch with some of his contacts and one of them hired me!"
See what mentors think of the Industry Mentor Program
See what Mentors think of the Industry Mentor Program:
"Helping change the trajectory of someones life for the better, even the tiniest amount is incredibly rewarding"
"... is a great coder, above most junior developers I've hired in my career"
"Watching my student's journey, growth and progress towards their new career has been a wonderful experience"
"My mentee taught me as much as I taught them"
"I've been incredibly fortunate in my career and this is a perfect way to give back and help new talent enter the industry"
Are Industry Mentors paid?
Lambda School Industry Mentors are volunteers who dedicate an hour per week to giving 1:1 support to a student as they begin their transition into their new career. Our Industry Mentors take part because they want to help develop new talent, encourage someone new to the industry, and share their wealth of knowledge.
Do I need to be technical?
No, we welcome both technical and non-technical people into our program. We've had great mentors from a variety of backgrounds and roles such as:
Recruiters Project Managers Operations Managers
We welcome applications from everyone, so if you think you'd be a good fit, please apply!
Can Alumni be Mentors?
Absolutely! Alumni are excellent mentors for current students. We ask that you've been in your current job for >3 months.
Do I need to be in the US?
We aim to match students with mentors based in the location they wish to work and the vast majority of our students are based in the United States. We welcome applications from everyone, but mentors outside the US may not be matched with a student for some time.