Summer Start Mentors

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.

The application for summer 2020 is now closed. If you’re interested in applying for Summer 2021, fill out the interest form and we’ll let you know when the application opens in fall 2020!


  • Meet with students weekly to support, listen to, and assist with student concerns
  • Establish and maintain open communication with students while maintaining availability and flexibility to address their needs throughout the day and evening, including weekends
  • Connect students with campus resources by sharing personal experiences and providing information about upcoming programs
  • Serve as an academic role model to students while modeling appropriate behavior at all times
  • Implementing one to two social program or event
  • Attendance at three cookouts and up to five campus resource programs
  • Assist with move-in at the beginning of the summer program


Selected students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (undergraduate) in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020 semesters
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Be in good standing with the university
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Enroll in at least one academic course, and no more than six credit hours, during Summer Session II at NC State
  • Live in the provided on-campus housing accommodations throughout the summer program

Time Commitment

Individual commitment to all training and employment dates is essential to the success of the Summer Start Mentor team. If you have a conflict with any of the employment dates and would like to know if you are still eligible to apply for the position, please contact Aileen Rodriguez at or 919-515-1234. Dates are subject to change with advanced notice.

Fall 2019 Semester

  • Meet the Team Meeting: Friday, November 22 from 2:30-5:30pm

Spring 2020 Semester

  • USC 223 Student Leader Development: 2-credit hour course, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:15pm
  • NSP Leadership Retreat: TBD

Summer 2020

  • Summer Start Mentor Move In Day: TBD
  • Summer Start Mentor Training: TBD
  • Commitments during the Summer Start Program: June 17 – July 29, 2020 (Average 25 hours per week)
    • Three Cookouts (Friday afternoons)
    • Weekly Staff Meeting
    • Weekly One-on-One Meetings with Mentees (Based on Mentor availability)
    • Weekly One-on-One Meeting with Professional Staff (Based on Mentor availability)
    • Implementing one to two social program or event
    • Attendance at three cookouts and up to five campus resource programs
    • Informal interactions and varied participation in co-curricular programs (Based on Mentor availability)

Fall 2020

  • Wolfpack Welcome Week (Friday, August 14 – Saturday, August 22): Provide on-site assistance at Convocation, Summer Start Reunion, and Wolfpack Wandering (based on Mentor availability).

Compensation and Benefits

  • $1100 gross salary paid throughout the summer employment period (Pay dates will be determined by the University payroll system. All pay is subject to state and federal taxes)
  • On-Campus Housing provided June 10 – July 29, 2020
  • Most meals provided during orientation sessions with $100 conference card supplement

In addition to the compensation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the University’s history, opportunities, and resources, and share this knowledge with incoming students
  • Gain both leadership and professional experience including time management, interpersonal communication, cultural competency, program/event planning, and mentoring
  • Meet and work with administrators, faculty, and staff from across the University
  • Be part of a supportive team of student leaders while having an unforgettable summer experience


Can I take summer classes while I am a Summer Start Mentor?

  • Yes. Summer Start Mentors will be required to enroll in at least one academic course, and no more than six credit hours, during Summer Session II at NC State.  If Mentors choose to enroll in Summer I classes, the class sessions must end by 12:00 pm so as to not conflict with Summer Start training.

Do I have to live on campus while employed as a Summer Start Mentor?

  • Yes. Even if a Mentor has off-campus housing, they must stay in the residence hall room provided to them during Summer Start to promote community and accessibility to Summer Start participants in times of need.

I am a graduate student. Can I be a Summer Start Mentor?

  • No. Only undergraduate students are eligible for the Summer Start Mentor position.

I am a Spring Connect student. Can I be a Summer Start Mentor?

  • Spring Connect students are eligible to apply for the position the fall after their first spring semester. For example, students beginning in Spring 2020 are not eligible to apply until Fall 2020 for a Summer 2021 position.

I am unable to take the USC 223 class. Can I still be a Summer Start Mentor?

  • No. You must be able to enroll in the USC 223 class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm during the Spring 2020 semester.

Can I be employed by another job while I am a Summer Start Mentor?

  • Yes, but outside employment is discouraged in order to allow time for academic success and informal interactions with participants; however, should a Summer Start Mentor wish to hold outside employment, it must be submitted to New Student Programs staff by June 10, 2020 and approved by the department.”

I plan to study abroad in the Fall 2019 semester. Can I still be a Summer Start Mentor?

  • Yes, we are willing to work with students who plan to study abroad. If your departure date prohibits you from the employment dates in August, your stipend would be reduced accordingly.

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