As a mentor, you are the foundation of a successful education program. We commend you for undertaking this important role of contributing to the education and training of the next generation, as well as advancing the mission of the MLEF program and DOE. Below you will find information we hope will be helpful as you prepare for the arrival of your Participant.

The MLEF provides an educational experience and is not a job or form of employment. The Participant is not an employee, and thus the types of projects for which you can arrange are restricted. For example, the project should not include work activities that are reserved for federal employees, nor should the project require the Participant to provide expert advice; supervise, mentor, hire or fire anyone; have budget, program management or signature authority; carry an official job title; or function in any way as a representative of the federal government.

Participants are expected to perform to the highest level of expectations of the signed agreement to participate in the MLEF program. They agree to the time schedule and the level of professionalism that is expected at their assigned facility. The MLEF Program provides an opportunity for hands-on experience that complements a Participant’s academic course of study. Please encourage your Participant to attend seminars, professional meetings, staff meetings, and other functions that will provide insight into the ways in which professionals interact within your facility and with others.

  • Before your Participant arrives, provide them with information and reading materials related to the specific project.
  • Provide a nurturing and stimulating intellectual atmosphere.
  • Encourage your Participant to continue their education.
  • Encourage them to work on the written report and any other required deliverables throughout the appointment period and not wait till the end.
  • Leave instructions for your Participant for times when you are unavailable and designate a substitute mentor to serve in your absence.