The Lint Center Mentoring Program (LCMP)® aims to develop and guide emerging leaders in National Security and Counterintelligence. LCMP provides talented and promising individuals interested in pursuing careers in national service the opportunity to interact, correspond, and work with real-world practitioners. The Lint Center stresses the importance of building human capital because it serves the interest of our country’s security and safety. In addition, it adheres to the Lint Center’s core focus of giving back by offering an invaluable resource to mentees.

Individuals who desire, decide, and are fortunate enough to enter a career in national service are expected to vault the learning curve. These requirements are a challenge, but a necessity of the current operational environment. The importance of developing the next cadre of America’s national security and counterintelligence workers is of acute importance due to the graying of the current generation.

The Lint Center recognizes the benefit of experience and desires to impart the wisdom of learned experience on those that wish to follow in the footsteps of America’s best. While mistakes may be the owl of wisdom, the Lint Center’s mentoring program is committed to ensuring the lessons of the past are heeded examples for mentees.

Mentors are expected to provide counsel, guidance, and direction. These three guiding principles for leadership are the expectation for Mentors. The onus for action and the responsibility of specific inquiry is left to the individual mentee.

The old saying that “rookies make rookie mistakes” is a truism but the number and severity does not have to be part of that cardinal reality. LCMP strives to elucidate with effect.

With over 150 mentors, the Lint Center is well positioned to match appropriate emerging leaders with practitioners and other well positioned individuals who can provide the feedback, context, and contacts to expedite the development as well as exponential beneficial mentorship to streamline the learning curve of mentees.

Mentors must submit a resume, CV or summary of their career for consideration to be in the LCMP. These will be vetted. Mentors are expected to respond in a timely manner to Mentees. The goal is to answer questions within OPSEC and security considerations.

James R. Lint, Chairman
Special Agent (Retired)

PS – The Lint Center is committed to strengthening and expanding its pool of human capital expertise because the Center’s mentoring program delivers tangible results, has a real impact, and is an effective tool in ushering in a new generation of great Americans. One of the Lint Center’s first scholarship recipients observed, “The Lint Center scholarship paid for my books last semester, but my Mentor offered insights which will stay with me for a lifetime”.