Cross gender means mixed-sex mentoring pairs (female mentor and male mentee or male mentor and female mentee).

In cross-mentoring or cross-organizational mentoring, mentors and mentees from different organizations or industries are matched (freedom from hierarchy of the mentoring relationship is guaranteed).


Equal gender mentoring is the term used to describe same-sex mentoring tandems.

E-mentoring takes place online - often the mentoring partners do not know each other personally.


Group mentoring or team mentoring refers to the supervision of a group of mentees by a mentor.


In informal mentoring, the contact came about by chance and the process is unregulated, depending on the framework conditions. This form of mentoring relationship is often not made public.

Institutionalized mentoring is implemented in mentoring programs and is subject to publicly known criteria. The contact between mentor and mentee is established by mediators/coordinators. The mentoring relationship is temporary, the process is accompanied and formalized.

Internal mentoring is carried out within organisations/companies. Mentors and mentees come from the same organization/company.


The term matching describes how mentors for the mentees are selected by the coordinators of the mentoring programs and the contact between the two is established.

A mentee is a person accompanied by a mentor.

A mentor is a person who is willing to pass on personal know-how and experience to a younger/less experienced person.


One-to-one mentoring/individual mentoring, unlike group mentoring, involves an exclusive one-to-one relationship between mentor and mentee.


Peer mentoring is a form of mentoring among peers and is often carried out in groups.


In German, "Tandem" is the term given to a mentoring pair who have agreed on a mentoring relationship.