Mentorship Program

Instructor and student on Spin bikes doing a high five.
Student and Instructor standing together with their foot on a step high fiving
Instructor and student working together at the barre.

Recreation & Wellness takes on GVSU students or staff who have little or no experience teaching that are looking for help in the process of obtaining a professional certification and want to gain skills as an instructor.  

Aspiring instructors/students are paired up with more experienced instructors who help them develop their skills as they slowly take on more and more teaching responsibility over the course of a semester.


  • Enrolled as a GVSU student or current GV staff
  • Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior standing and minimum of 2 semesters remaining at GVSU
  • Plan to obtain a nationally recognized certification, or currently have a certification with no teaching experience


  • Fill out an application for the Mentorship program. 
  • Applicants that meet the qualifications will be contacted toward the beginning of the semester for more information regarding interests, goals, and more.
  • Mentees will be selected a few week after the semester begins. The number will vary based on the number of skilled mentor instructors available.
  • Sign-on as a mentee and agree to expectations of the development program.
  • Upon completion of the program, qualified mentees may have the opportunity to complete a demo class as part of the hiring/selection process to become an instructor for Recreation & Wellness 

Apply for Mentorship Program 

Fall 2024 applications are now being accepted. We look forward to receiving your application! 

Questions? Contact Allison Gehringer 

Page last modified February 6, 2024