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Mentorship Program

NDW Mentorship Program

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is an effective way to promote workplace learning, employee development and job enrichment. The Naval District Washington (NDW) Facilitated Mentorship Program pairs an experienced employee with a less experienced employee to help foster career development and growth by sharing knowledge, skills and insights that have been learned through the years.


What is the process for the NDW Mentorship Program?

  • Interested employees apply to be either a Protégé or a Mentor.
  • Applicants are “matched" into pairs.
  • Protégés and Mentors attend an Orientation Session and complete a Mentorship Action Plan and Agreement Form.
  • Checkpoints are done throughout the year with each pair to assess progress.
  • An Experience Exchange session occurs 6 months into the Mentorship Program.
  • A Graduation Celebration concludes the year-long formal Mentoring relationship.


What happens during the NDW Mentorship Program?
Mentors and Protégés will meet throughout the year based on their Action Plan and Agreement Form.



The NDW Mentorship Program is open to all civilian and military personnel who work for Naval District Washington. Participation is voluntary and non-competitive. Participation in the program is not a guarantee of promotion or movement to other positions. While most of the development activities take place during normal work hours, participants may choose to pursue learning activities outside of their normal work schedules. No overtime or compensatory time is authorized.


Next Steps

To apply, please select and download the appropriate application below onto your computer in order to digitally sign and submit to

Fill out the Protégé Application Form Here!

Fill out the Mentor Application Form Here!


Benefits for the Protégés:

  • Obtain wider knowledge of organization
  • Establish skills such as time management and communication
  • Develop abilities that can lead to increased confidence and empowerment
  • Identify career development goals
  • Observe different leadership styles

Benefits for the Mentors:

  • Develop leadership and coaching skills
  • Improve communication skills
  • Pay it forward (Value)
  • Sharing of insights and lessons learned
  • Re-energize and engage


Benefits for the Naval District Washington Organization:

  • Organizational investment in staff members
  • Increases understanding of our mission and culture
  • Strengthens employee engagement
  • Enhances the morale of staff members
  • Promotes and improves workforce development
  • Improves employee satisfaction
  • Reduction in staff turnover
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