A mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor. NEON mentors help interns work through the challenges of their projects, provide advice and guidance on careers, and in general help the intern transition from the role of student to professional work colleague. A good mentor helps the intern find his or her own voice. Mentoring relationships often last beyond the short period of the internship. At NEON, we provide multiple mentors to work with interns. Project mentors are focused primarily on guiding the interns with their project, and providing opportunities for them to hone the skills necessary for the tasks. They also help interns understand various career options and recommend paths to take in their career development. Communications mentors help interns with writing assignments, providing feedback and guidance on effective scientific communications. Community mentors help interns navigate life and work in Boulder. When you come to NEON, you'll meet a team of friendly, experienced folks willing to work with you, guide you, and help you grow.