ICJ Mentoring Program

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To help ensure successful transitions in ICJ Offices throughout its membership, the Commission operates a Mentoring Program. ICJ Mentors provide guidance, technical assistance and structured learning as required with new state commissioners, compact administrators, deputy compact administrators, and other ICJ office staff who are transitioning into a new compact role within their state for continuity of state performance under ICJ Rules. View the ICJ Mentoring Program policy. 

Each mentor and mentee pair is encouraged to enter into a Mentoring Agreement, specifying confidentiality parameters, agreed times to meet, professional behavior and topics/agenda goals. View a sample Mentoring Agreement.

If a dispute or controversy arises between member states, refer to ICJ Rule 9-101: Initial Dispute Resolution and Interpretation of the Rules and ICJ Administrative Policy 03-2009: Dispute Resolution for requesting the Commission’s assistance with dispute resolution, interpretation of the ICJ Rules, or filing an allegation of default. The mentor shall not intervene to attempt to resolve the dispute or take any action on behalf of the mentee or other member state.

If you are interested in applying for the program or becoming a mentor, please find the appropriate form below in the "How do I become a..."? sections below and email the Training and Administrative Specialist.

Read more about roles and eligibility by expanding the sections below:



  1. Have a desire to learn, grow and succeed in the work of ICJ;
  2. Develop skills through Commission approved training opportunities;
  3. Reach out in a timely fashion to seek guidance when a need develops; and
  4. Determine your expectations from your assigned mentor.

Any Commissioner, compact administrator, deputy compact administrator, or other ICJ office staff who has taken on his or her current role within the last year is eligible to participate as a mentee.

Complete the MENTEE Request Form and email it to the National Office.

The ICJ Training Committee Chair will review the request and assign your mentor.


  1. Advise and/or train mentee;
  2. Ask questions to determine mentee’s understanding of ICJ Rules and processes, as well as areas needing clarity or improvement;
  3. Assist mentee in learning about the Commission’s policies and procedures, including those related to travel, interpretation of rules, and dispute resolution;
  4. Act as a resource for information and resources that can aid ICJ work;
  5. Provide insight through mentor’s ICJ experience and aid in problem solving;
  6. Encourage and provide support during the transition period for mentee;
  7. Maintain trust and confidentiality of state information per ICJ Rules; and
  8. Develop with mentee determined times to meet and discuss issues of concern.

Any Commissioner, compact administrator, deputy compact administrator, or other ICJ office staff who:

  1. Has at least two (2) years of experience working for a state Compact office and
  2. Is employed by a state considered to be in good standing, as indicated by previous performance measurement assessments and/or compliance-related actions.

Complete the MENTOR Information Form and email it to the National Office.