Since 2016, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Gibson Ek students have taken real jobs for a test drive during in-person internships all over the Seattle region. Students develop professional skills and a better understanding of careers as they
learn from adult mentors.
Beginning in fall 2020, Gibson Ek is offering REMOTE mentoring, allowing students to “intern” from school or from home, while video chatting with a mentoring professional once or twice a week.
VIRTUAL MEETINGS: During initial video chats, the student interviews the mentor about their organization, role, typical day, etc. The mentor then helps identify a relevant project (with advisor input). Chats then center on mentor
feedback on the student’s project work.
confirm the internship through brief paperwork including a learning agreement
provide career information and project feedback in brief video chats once or twice a week
confirm student's chat attendance weekly
if possible, watch the student's exhibition of learning at the close of each trimester
Students are responsible for sharing progress with the mentor and advisor. Advisor handles all official learning assessment for credit.
TIME SPAN: Remote mentoring initially lasts one trimester (10-12 weeks), though most mentors will continue with their mentees throughout the school year. Mentors
always have the option to end the partnership earlier or extend it.
LONG-DISTANCE OR HOME-BASED MENTORS: Our on-site internships have required mentors to work
nearby in a professional setting, but our REMOTE internship initiative opens up many more possibilities for partnerships. We encourage our community to pass along the invitation to connections who work outside the region or from home.
CURRENT MENTORS: We are so grateful to those professionals already mentoring our students who would like to continue with an on-site internship, but we encourage current mentors to volunteer for REMOTE mentoring during times when in-person internships are
not permitted. Please know that we hope to continue with remote internships (as well as in-person opportunities) even after health-related closures lift.
AFTER SIGNING UP: Professionals who complete the sign-up form will
be added to our database of opportunities for students to review -- they won't necessarily be asked to mentor. It's up to students to reach out to potential mentors (according to their interests), and mentors may accept or decline.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP: If a working professional absolutely cannot partner as a mentor for a trimester, we also encourage students to conduct one-time informational interviews. You
may indicate that preference on the form.
The Issaquah School District complies with all applicable federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities, or employment related matters, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees are designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Executive Director of Human Resources, District Title IX Coordinator, Section 504/ADA Coordinator or Compliance Coordinator for 28A.540 and 28A.642 RCW, in writing or by telephone. The Issaquah School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all educational programs, services and activities. For information regarding interpretation and translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Kathy Connally in writing or by telephone.
For general information or to be directed to a specific department, please contact the ISD Receptionist at
Amanda Dorey, Title IX CoordinatorStacey Zachau, District HIB CoordinatorAmanda Dorey, Civil Rights Compliance OfficerPam Ridenour, Section 504 Coordinator