Lead Mentor Recruitment

Each year New Student Programs selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing the Summer Start program throughout the year. Taking their leadership and professional experience to the next level, Lead Mentors build upon the knowledge and skills they gained as Summer Start Mentors.  

As they serve as both mentors and supervisors, Lead Mentors must be strong role models and focused on the development of the new Summer Start Mentors. Lead Mentors will assist in the selection, training, and supervision of the Summer Start Mentor team.

Additionally, Lead Mentors will collaborate together as a team to oversee many aspects of new students’ Summer Start experience. These areas include supporting campus partner programs, managing Summer Start social media, and planning and implementing co-curricular programs throughout the summer.  Lead Mentors will gain a thorough understanding of the logistics associated with planning and implementing Summer Start.


Eligible candidates must:

  • Have one year of experience as a Summer Start Mentor;
  • Exhibit commitment to the mission of New Student Programs;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher must be maintained throughout employment;
  • Be in good standing with the university;
  • Exhibit the ability to effectively serve as a peer supervisor;
  • Display the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members;
  • Show strong mentoring and coaching skills;
  • Possess the following personal qualities: organized, dedicated, creative, hardworking, patient, confident, high energy and willing to learn;
  • Thrive in environments that require both structure and flexibility;
  • Demonstrate quick problem solving abilities.

Commitments and Responsibilities

Length of the position

The Lead Mentor position begins in the Fall 2018 semester with recruitment and selection of the Summer Start Mentor team.  In the Spring 2019 semester, Leads will assist with the USC 223 Student Leader Development class and attend weekly meetings/trainings with the professional staff. Beginning in June 2019, Leads will return to campus for Lead Mentor Training, then assist with Summer Start Mentor Training, and continue their employment through the duration of Summer Start. Employment concludes in August after fulfilling all Summer Start and Welcome Week-related duties.

Fall 2018 Semester

Summer Start Mentor Recruitment

  • Assist with presenting New Student Programs Leadership Information Sessions
    • Lead Mentors will assist with at least one Information Session (each around 1 hour)
      •    Thursday, September 20, 5:30-6:30 pm
      •    Wednesday, September 26, 12:00-1:00 pm
      •    Monday, October 1, 5:30-6:30 pm
      •    Tuesday, October 9, 5:30-6:30 pm
      •    Friday, October 12, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Conduct individual interviews (October 8-18) and group interviews (November 1 & 5)
    • Lead Mentors will assist with approximately 25 individual interviews (each around 25 minutes)
    • Leads will assist with all group interviews
      •    Thursday, November 1, 6:30-8:00 pm
      •    Monday, November 5, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Attend “Meet the Team” gathering on Friday, November 16, 2:30-6:00 pm


  • Retreat Day: Sunday, September 16 from 1:00-7:00 pm
  • Attend and participate in three 2-hour training sessions during the following weeks (Dates subject to change):
    • October 1-5
    • October 29-November 2
    • December 3-7
Spring 2019 Semester

NSP Leadership Class and Training

  • USC 223: Student Leader Development (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 pm)
    • Attend the course and will assist in facilitating group discussions, community builders, and other training activities
    • Mentor a group of Summer Start Mentors, which includes individual check-in meetings and at least two mentor group outings
  • NSP Leadership Retreat: Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 8:00 am-8:00 pm
    • Assist with facilitating activities, including the Mentor Group Reveal
  • Summer Start Staff Retreat (Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 3)
    • Assist with planning and facilitating training sessions and community building opportunities

Office Hours

  • Schedule five (5) paid office hours per week
    • Hours will depend on Lead Mentor availability between 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
  • Office duties include calling participants, responding to emails, managing social media, brainstorming programming opportunities, and working on other projects

Weekly Meetings

  • Leads will meet for 1.5 hours each week, providing time for training and class preparations
  • Leads are expected to participate in all training sessions and discussions
  • Meetings will be scheduled based on availability of the staff
JUNE- July 2019 Employment

Note: Lead Mentors will not be permitted to hold outside employment or take any summer coursework (in-person or online) from June 3-July 31, 2019.

Lead Mentor Training

  • Monday, June 3-Wednesday, June 12
    • Training will occur between 8:00 am-5:00 pm, and some independent night/weekend work may be required

Summer Start Mentor Training

  • Wednesday, June 12-Tuesday, June 18
    • Assist with planning and facilitating training sessions

Summer Start

  • Wednesday, June 19-Wednesday, July 31
    • Collaborate with the NSP team and campus partners to coordinate aspects of the Summer Start program
    • Serve as a peer supervisor to the Summer Start Mentor team and co-facilitate staff evaluation meetings
    • Assist with planning and facilitating Summer Start Mentor Summer Training sessions
    • Provide assistance to new students throughout the Summer Start program
    • Facilitate student staff recognition and motivation initiatives
    • Communicate effectively with staff about team concerns and conflict management
August 2019 employment

Wolfpack Welcome Week

  • Assist with WWW events for 12 hours from August 16-24, 2019, including New Student Convocation, Chancellor’s New Student Cookout, Summer Start Reunion, and other NSP welcome events.  Schedules will be determined based on departmental needs and student availability.

*If you would like to apply but already know of a conflict with one of the dates listed above, please contact Carly Edwards at carly_edwards@ncsu.edu to discuss potential options.


  • Up to 5 office hours per week with a rate of $9.00/hour during the Spring 2019 semester (based on availability).
  • Gross salary of $2300 throughout summer employment. (Pay dates will be determined by the University payroll system. All pay is subject to state and federal taxes)
  • Meals at Fountain Dining Hall during Orientation sessions and a $150 Conference Card for meals when Orientation is not in session.
  • On-Campus housing during summer employment (June 3 – July 31, 2019).
    • Note: on-campus parking is not included in the summer employment package but can be purchased. A vehicle is not necessary for this position.

Recruitment Process

Students who are interested in the Lead Mentor position are required to arrange an appointment to learn more about the position between Wednesday, August 22 and Friday, August 31, 2018. To arrange a meeting, please email Carly Edwards (carly_edwards@ncsu.edu), and she will arrange a one-on-one meeting with you. The intent of the informational meeting is to give you an accurate and realistic perspective of the commitment necessary for the position, including changes for the upcoming year. We encourage you to use this opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns you may have about the job.

Lead Mentor candidates must submit a one-page typed cover letter and their resume (.pdf format) indicating their interest in this position. The cover letter should include:

  • Why you are interested in continuing to work with new students;
  • Why you are interested in serving as a mentor and peer supervisor to the Summer Start Mentors;
  • How the position would help you grow personally and professionally;
  • What unique skills or strengths you can contribute to this position and NSP;
  • Any commitments you may have that would prevent you from attending the meetings, classes and training

Application Deadline: Candidates must submit their cover letter and resume (.pdf format) to Carly Edwards (carly_edwards@ncsu.edu) by Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm. Once you have submitted your application materials, you will schedule an individual interview for a time September 5-6, 2019.  If you are not available during the listed times, please email Carly to arrange an alternate time.

Note: We will accept applications until all positions have been filled.