Summer Start Mentors

Summer Start Mentor Group Photo

A Summer Start Mentor is a caring and responsible student leader who serves as a guide to incoming first-year and transfer students participating in the Summer Start program. Summer Start Mentors work collaboratively with the Summer Start professional staff to help students develop important academic and social skills, participate in new opportunities, and learn about a wide array of campus resources.  They also develop close individual relationships with each of their mentees through weekly one-on-one meetings and participation in program events, such as weekly cookouts, sponsored weekend trips, and study groups.

To help aid applicants with preparation for what the role will entail, this website contains a description of responsibilities and expectations for both a virtual and in-person summer start program. Make sure you read through this entire application website thoroughly. All interested applicants will also be required to review the recorded information session about the role prior submitting their application to learn more about the application process and the expectations of the role.

The Summer Start Mentor role will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about yourself and your personal values, challenge yourself, and most importantly aid new students in their transition to North Carolina State University. We are excited you are considering making this role a part of your NC State experience.

Applications for 2021 Summer Start Mentors are now closed.

What are previous Summer Start Mentors saying?

“I enjoyed my experience as a summer start mentor because it was really fulfilling to watch my mentees grow over the course of five weeks. It made me happy when they were eager to share their success with me, or come to me with questions they had. I would recommend this position to anyone that wants to make an impact on another person’s life and get the chance to come out of their shell!”

  • Anusha Tamhane, Junior in Humanities & Social Sciences and Management

“My favorite part about being a summer start mentor was building relationships with my mentees and helping them succeed in any way I could!”

  • Luke Dillard, Sophomore in Biology

“I love watching students realize their true potential when they come to NC State. Most people don’t realize all they are capable of until they become more independent which typically comes with going to college. Seeing my mentees grow, succeed, and learn has been my favorite part of being a mentor.”

  • Lauren Emer, Junior in Sciences

“My favorite part about being a Summer Start mentor would definitely have to be the weekly cookouts! It was a great way for everyone to relax, to connect with mentees and have fun after the long school week!” 

  • Sunny Rai, Junior in Management