Connecting students to careers through mentorship

Over 2,000 students and mentors!

Empowering students to get
ready for their career

Global Mentorship Initiative is a non-profit organization that provides guidance and business skills to college students through a structured, short-term, online mentorship.

GMI was created from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Initiative to help prepare students for their first career job.  GMI uses a mentorship model that makes it easy for business professionals to be great mentors without a significant time commitment.

We partner with universities in the US and around the world with a mentorship program that includes 14 one-hour structured online sessions designed to provide real value to the student as they prepare for their job search.

Mentorship provides support, encouragement, and coaching to graduating students who need it the most.

If you have considered giving back through mentorship or helping an under-resourced student, come join us!  This is a remote volunteer opportunity.

“I mentor students and professionals through a variety of programs and find GMI the best structured by far. They make it easy to achieve outstanding results for your mentee with just a 14-week commitment.” – Lawrence Kane, Author – Sensei Mentor Teacher Coach: Powerful Leadership for Leaderless Times

Why Mentoring is Important

A college degree alone doesn’t mean a student is prepared for their first professional job.

In Africa, 45% of university graduates are still jobless one year after graduating.

Many schools do not incorporate curriculum to teach the skills students need to be successful in their first few years of work.

The Challenge for Youth in Developing Countries

While job opportunities are available in developing countries, sometimes it can take a college graduate several years to obtain a job aligned with their degree. Research has shown that while many graduates have the general skills required for their first job, they often need extra guidance and coaching on how to find a job that is right for them and the soft skills required to be a competitive candidate.

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A recent study on college graduates in the United States found that two-thirds of the participants reported struggling to start their career after college.

The Challenge for Youth in the United States

Under-resourced college students are sometimes overlooked for sustainable career opportunities. Many students graduate without some of the basic business soft skills needed to successfully search for and obtain a job and take control of their career path. GMI mentorship helps to close this gap and provides students with opportunities to succeed.

About GMI Students

If you have a preference, you can select the location or college of the student you will mentor.


  • 75% international students / 25% US-based
  • 35 countries represented
  • 60% female students
  • 63% in the US of ethnic diversity
  • 45% of non-US students reside in Africa
  • 19% of non-US students are refugees in Africa and the Middle East
Joseph - Kenya

“My mentor helped me achieve things I never thought were possible.” – Joseph, Kenya

GMI’s Career Confidence Index – Measuring Student Success

GMI has developed a method to measure program success – the Career Confidence Index (CCI). The CCI tracks:


  • Proficiency in advanced job search skills
  • Development of a professional LinkedIn business network
  • Creation of an actionable resume/CV
  • Confident and competitive job interviewing skills
  • Scheduled and practiced interviews
  • Accelerated job placement
GMI Career Confidence Index

37-point increase in student career confidence & skills after mentorship

71% of mentored students worldwide got a job within six months of graduating

80% of graduates with a job say the GMI program was important or very important in helping them get hired

Volunteer Opportunity

GMI matches college students with business professionals for an online mentorship program where they gain the skills needed to succeed in their career.

GMI Makes it Easy to be a Great Mentor!

GMI mentors are business professionals just like you who volunteer from home. You don’t need to be an expert, just follow the Mentor Guide, and add your own personal experience for this online mentorship. GMI provides everything you need to guide your student for 14 one-hour sessions once a week. This includes email templates for communicating with your student every week – reducing your prep time.

Join us, you can do this!

Ready to get involved?

The GMI Mentorship

guides students to:

  • Establish a professional business network using LinkedIn
  • Develop soft skills to excel in business
  • Improve communication skills for a global business environment
  • Create a career plan and set measurable goals
  • Build a resume/CV that gets noticed by job recruiters
  • Leverage templates and guides for conducting a job search
  • Master the job interview process with confidence
  • Distinguish themselves in their first job