Job Mentor Program

Information about the Job Mentor Program.

Job Mentor Program Overview

In the Job Mentor Program, students earn .50 credit hours per semester in the Albuquerque Public School District through course instruction and work experience.

Course Instruction

Each participating high school is designated a School Based Coordinator who is responsible for instructing the Job Mentor Program classroom seminar. Instructors will teach courses such as: Life Skills, Social Skills, Employability, Financial Stability, Community Partnership. The Job Mentor Program is focused on facilitating skills for success in school, college, career, and life.

Work Experience

Job Mentor Program students gain work experience through both the Job Shadow and Summer Internship Programs. During the Fall and Spring semesters, Job Mentor Program students have the opportunity to shadow a mentor from whom they will explore career options that match his or her interest, personality, values, and skills. The Job Mentor Program offers a training stipend during the school year, that is approved by the School Based Coordinator at each high school.

 Who can participate?

Any student attending the 16 participating high schools may participate in Job Mentor Program as an elective course from 9th—12th grade.

Great mentoring programs don’t just happen. They are built through thoughtful planning and sustained commitment to guiding participants through the process while continually improving the program. The Job Mentor Program began in 1988 with 60 students and has grown to 1,525 students per school year thanks to an amazing partnership between the City of Albuquerque and the  Albuquerque Public Schools.

Summer Internship

During the summer, the City of Albuquerque hosts a 7-week, paid summer internship program. Interns earn minimum wage and the program implements job opportunities in Government, APS, and Non-Profit organizations.

Community Service &  Volunteer Work

Job Mentor Program students also gain job skills by completing community service projects and volunteer work throughout the fall and spring semesters, which is also a critical component of a successful college application.

Government Day

Every Fall, Job Mentor Program students have the unique opportunity that allows for them to learn firsthand how City Government works. Several City departments and divisions host Job Mentor Program students for a whole working day. Students are able to see City facilities and learn about City jobs. A core element of Government Day is to educate and inspire students about the value of public service.

Job Mentor Program Schools

Albuquerque High School Atrisco Heritage Academy Career Enrichment Center
Cibola High School Del Norte High School eCademy High School
Eldorado High School Freedom High School La Cueva High School
Manzano High School Rio Grande High School Sandia High School
Valley High School Volcano Vista High School West Mesa High School



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