APF Communities

APF Mentorship + Internship Initiative


 
 

PURPOSE

The APF Mentorship and Internship Initiative was launched in 2018 to provide opportunities for American youth to learn from experienced professionals. The idea to launch this program grew out of extensive outreach and community engagement focused on the needs of youth in the evolving job market.

In 2018, APF hosted young leaders from across the United States in Houston, where they discussed how to engage and support the professional aspirations of Pakistani American youth. Mentorship and internship opportunities emerged as a key theme.

As part of APF’s commitment to empowering communities, this program serves all individuals from all backgrounds.

The Process

The initiative matches mentors and internship hosts with mentees and interns across the United States through submissions to APF, which then facilitates matches based on regional and professional criteria.

Who can get involved?

Mentors and/or Internship Hosts: Professionals based in the United States with at least five years of experience who would like to serve as a mentor and/or internship host.

Mentee/Internship Applicants: Students, recent graduates, and young professionals based in the United States who are at least 18 years old and want to apply for local mentorship and/or internship opportunities.

Professionals with 5-12 years of experience can sign up for both opportunities.

United States based organizations, companies, and student organizations that are willing to recruit mentors and internship hosts, including but not limited to Pakistani and South Asian based ones, can apply to become program partners.

activities

In addition to matching young professionals with experienced mentors, APF hosts conference calls, networking events, and webinars on networking, skills training, and other professional development opportunities. To receive invitations to these events, please join our mailing list or check our events page for updates.

 
 
 
A great mentor can provide a nurturing environment for personal and professional growth of an individual. Connecting future leaders with experienced professionals is an art and the results can be magical.
— Uzma Iqbal, APF Board of Directors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran journalist and APF Board Member Kiran Khalid spoke about leadership at an APF event focused on how to develop a community of emerging leaders across the United States. Ms. Khalid has over 15 years of newsroom experience with CNN, CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC.

Veteran journalist and APF Board Member Kiran Khalid spoke about leadership at an APF event focused on how to develop a community of emerging leaders across the United States. Ms. Khalid has over 15 years of newsroom experience with CNN, CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC.

 
 
Technologist and entrepreneur Babur Habib spoke at a networking event organized by APF and Pakathon, an organization that mentors and invests in Pakistani expats who launch for-profit social ventures in Pakistan.

Technologist and entrepreneur Babur Habib spoke at a networking event organized by APF and Pakathon, an organization that mentors and invests in Pakistani expats who launch for-profit social ventures in Pakistan.

 
 
APF member Noor Shaikh moderated a conversation on “The Entrepreneurial Journey” with entrepreneurs Hamza Ali, Riaz Siddiqi, and Dr. Nasar Qureshi at the  APF Emerging Leaders retreat in Houston.

APF member Noor Shaikh moderated a conversation on “The Entrepreneurial Journey” with entrepreneurs Hamza Ali, Riaz Siddiqi, and Dr. Nasar Qureshi at the APF Emerging Leaders retreat in Houston.