Our Programs

Why Mentorship?

We believe that good mentorship is critical to the professional and personal development of all students. This is especially true for students from underrepresented backgrounds, such as those from the community college and transfer space. This is why we have designed a mentorship program, with support from our partners in the education field and public sector, that helps students develop foundational career skills. We pair community college and transfer student mentees with mentors from the professional world. Our diverse pool of mentors includes Boren, Critical Language, Erasmus Mundus, Fulbright, Marshall, Payne, Pickering, Rangel, and Schwarzman Scholars, along with Presidential Management Fellows and others in the public sphere. Our first mentorship cohort ran for three months beginning in the fall of 2020. Our next cohort will begin in summer 2024.

In partnership with Meridian International Center and Community Colleges for International Development, we are happy to announce the launch of the
Community College Global Affairs Fellowship (CCGAF)! 

CCGAF is a new paid summer enrichment and mentorship program that seeks to expand access to global education opportunities and international affairs careers to community college, transfer, and non-traditional students. The Community College Global Affairs Fellowship summer enrichment program is designed as a fully paid program.

The CCGAF provides evidence-based skill-building, mentorship and 1:1 coaching, as well as ongoing access to networks and career supports that global affairs students and professionals need to grow in their work, advance to higher levels of leadership, and become decision-makers on the world stage. It builds upon the success of GCCT’s community college and transfer student mentorship program, advances CCID’s work building pathways to global careers at community colleges, and leverages Meridian’s experience developing leadership and diplomatic training for emerging leaders around the world. It is funded through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Who is eligible? 

Participants must be U.S. citizens who are community college, transfer, or non-traditional students from historically underrepresented groups, such as first-generation and low-income, as well as overlooked regions of the country. Applicants must have or will be receiving an Associate’s Degree by August 2023 AND/OR plan to be starting at a 4-year university by Fall 2023.

Applications are OPEN until March 1, 2023.

Read more about GCCT here: https://www.globalcctransfers.org/
Meridian International Center: https://www.meridian.org/
Community Colleges for International Development: https://www.ccidinc.org/