In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, AKU’s Global Engagement Office pivoted to a virtual programme in May 2020 bringing students and mentors together remotely and allowing students to contribute their knowledge, build their skills and navigate their careers through these uncertain times.

The AKU-VIP placement has been successful in providing access to mentorship and networking opportunities across AKU but also with AKDN agencies. In parallel, during their internships, students have engaged with a comprehensive professional development curriculum to equip them with relevant knowledge and skills.

Why should you be a Mentor?

Mentoring a student is an opportunity to expand perspectives, provide context and access to new ways of doing things, and a way to add capacity to your teams. Mentoring serves as an amplifier for leadership skills but is often mutually beneficial for both the mentor and mentee to explore new ideas, new knowledge, and tackle challenging issues. Mentorship will give you a chance to give back while increasing your own eligible talent pool.  

Mentor Voices

Hear what Dr. Shelina Bhamani, Lead for the Parenting Education Program and Assistant Professor, Research at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, AKU has to say about her virtual mentorship experience

​​What we Provide for the Mentors

  • Assistance in drafting Terms of References for internship positions;

  • Capacity development sessions on becoming a virtual mentor;

  • Comprehensive orientation sessions on AKDN;

  • Ongoing support through monitoring, evaluation, and troubleshooting as required;

  • Support to mentors to host a full department or agency orientation for interns;

  • Active advertising and recruitment of interns for potential mentors;

  • Info-sessions for interested students at partner institutions; and,

  • Communications and promotion materials.

As a Mentor

  • A minimum of 3 hours per week for mentorship with your intern;
  • Submit a periodic evaluation for your intern;
  • Engage in weekly calls to review expectations for development;
  • Identify clear project goals and weekly deadlines for your intern;
  • Work with your intern to help them dev​elop and reach their personal and professional goals;
  • Provide a complete departmental orientation to help interns integrate with your team;
  • Evaluate interns on an ongoing basis and provide feedback to AKU-IIP; and
  • At the end of the internship period, conduct a proper evaluation and debrief of their overall performance.

​​Mentor Resources​


Interns Portfoli​o
Application Process​
Mentor Manual

Important Dates​

  • Mentorship Application Deadlines: 30th November ​2021

  • Spring 2022 Internship Period: 13th January to 8th April 2022

  • Summer 2022 Internship Period: 12th May to 5th August 2022

  • Fall 2022 Internship Period: 8th September to 2nd December 2022