Mentorship Program

The Canadian International Council (CIC) National Capital (Ottawa) Branch’s Mentorship Program pairs student and young professional members with select, accomplished professional CIC members in a one-on-one mentoring partnership. Mentors represent a variety of career trajectories related to international affairs from government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Our roster of mentors includes former ambassadors, career diplomats, academics, entrepreneurs, security professionals, legal professionals and others with extensive experience in various regions, industries, cultures, and activities. Students and young professionals are matched with experienced mentors based on interests regarding industry, geographic location, career path, and interests. Mentors serve as coaches, advisors, and connectors to help students and young professionals expand their networks, transition into a professional career, and obtain practical and experience-based guidance.

Please note that the capacity of the mentorship program is limited by the availability and the time constraints of our mentors. Interested mentees are encouraged to apply early in the academic year. 


  • Mentees will be strategically paired with mentors, tailored to their interests and vision, allowing for coaching, advising, and the formation of connections that are relevant to each applicant.
  • The Mentorship Program is driven by every mentor-mentee pair, allowing for dynamic and unique experiences.
  • The Mentorship Program provides an excellent entry point for students and young professionals to become involved in the CIC.

DURATION: One year. Applications being accepted now until September 30th at 11:59pm.

AVAILABILITY: This program is open to student and young professional members of the CIC. Please note that places are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis.

PRICE: Free (but must be a member of the CIC). If you are not yet a member of the CIC, you can sign up here:

If you have any questions or would like to contact the mentorship team, please email us at