Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


United States


The Illinois Science & Technology Institute is looking for mentors to collaborate virtually with high school students on long-term independent research projects. Projects topics range from the hard sciences to social science and liberal arts topics. The mentoring process takes place entirely online through our secure platform, the Mentor Matching Engine (MME).

MME is a great way for college students and professionals alike to volunteer and give back to younger students - anytime, anywhere. It is also a helpful way to build your own experience in your field of study, build your CV, get students interested in your company or university, and interact with your community.

We ask that mentors commit to an hour a week once requested into a project. Communication is entirely virtual. Mentoring on MME is a great way to reach students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to work with mentors like you, and is a low and easy commitment to have a meaningful impact.

This year, in addition to the traditional STEM subjects, we also have a great need for social science mentors to support projects in areas such as sociology, psychology, environmental sciences, criminal justice, political science, global science, gender studies, and more.

Position requirements:

  • Availability to communicate with students at least 1 hour/week.
  • Current college students, graduate students, and working professionals welcome.
  • Commitment to seeing projects through to their conclusions.
  • Knowledge of STEM subject matter or the social sciences.

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The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) is a STEM-focused nonprofit that provides programs and partnerships to connect companies with classrooms. ISTI supports schools and companies with classrooms. ISTI supports schools and companies who want to impact the next generation of innovators, to build a stronger, more inclusive talent pipeline in Illinois. We are a bridge between the classroom and real world that facilitates collaboration between students and industry mentors.




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How To Apply

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Sarah Perret-Goluboff at Thank you.