High School Mentee

High School Mentee Role

To participate as a mentee in the High School Mentor program, you must be an SME member. Simply fill out both the membership and mentee applications, including parental/guardian signatures, and submit them together via email to membership@sme.org.

A – Analyze. Analyze your education and career goals and discuss them with your mentor.

I – Identify. Decide what you would like to learn from the mentor and identify questions you may have for them.

M – Measure. Track progress to your goals each meeting.

Mentee promises to:

  • Complete your profile.
  • Connect virtually with your mentor on a monthly basis.
  • Prepare for the first meeting discussions to include:
    • Creating an agenda for each meeting, then discuss how you will measure progress. For example:
      • January: Applying for scholarships.
      • February: Networking — why is it important?
      • March: Understanding the world of manufacturing. 
      • April: Understanding small and large organizations and the differences between the two.
      • May: Internships and/or interview skills.
  • Be patient — listening skills are key to build a trusting relationship.
  • Respect the mentor's time (i.e., keep appointments, be on time for meetings, provide timely notice if you'll be unable to attend, etc.).
  • Be responsible and actively participate in the relationship.
  • Attend the mentee orientation webinar (if applicable, your teacher will provide information).
  • Complete an exit interview to rate your experience on the program overall.
  • Provide ideas and suggestions to the SME staff to help the program continuously improve.

Ready to become an SME Mentee? Simply complete your profile


1. How much of my time will this really take? To be a mentee in this program will require a minimum of two hours a month.

2. How do I know if I’m qualified to be a mentee? If you desire to pursue a career in manufacturing, a mentor can help you achieve your goals. Mentors will provide knowledge, education and career pathways based on their experiences in industry. 

3. What is the commitment of the mentee? The commitment timeframe is five to six months, with a minimum of one meeting per month for at least an hour each.

4. Is there travel expected? There is no travel as this is a virtual only program.

5. Is there specific knowledge and/or education criteria to be a mentee? The criteria is that you are a high school student pursuing education that may lead to a career in manufacturing. Mentors can help you obtain knowledge and real-life experiences on topics as outlined in the program.

6. What are the electronic connection requirements? The electronic requirements are virtual means. It's highly recommended to connect via Skype, VIber or Facetime at least three times during the six-month timeframe. Face-to-face time is always best. Email and/or text are also okay and should be conducted through SME Connect. 

7. Are there public presentations or private one-on-one? The relationship is based on a one-on-one contact with goals and objectives from you, the mentee. The expectation is that the mentor will help the mentee achieve education and/or career pathway goals and objectives by developing monthly agendas during the first meeting.

8. Are there performance audits or a governing body? SME will send out monthly check in emails. This gives both the mentor and mentee the opportunity to measure the performance and that of the mentor/mentee. In addition, there is a survey sent to all participants including the faculty. The governing body for the program is an SME Member Council Task Group. 

9. Are there participation expectations (minimum requirements)? Yes, meet at least one time a month virtually with at least three of these meeting settings being Facetime,Skype or Viber lasting at least one hour. The mentor sets up the first meeting once the mentee connects with them via SME Connect. The first meeting is to get an understanding of the mentee's goals and objectives. During this meeting you will set future meeting dates and agenda topics. Subsequent meetings will be led by the mentee. 

10. Are there language requirements? The program is only being offered in the U.S., and English is the generally accepted language. If the mentee has specific requirements, the teachers will contact SME so we can make the best match.

11. What about time zones? Time zones and meeting times should be discussed in the initial meeting. This is a nationwide program, so time zones will vary.