Girls in grades nine through 12 with an interest in public service and a future career in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics, or STEM, have until Feb. 24 to apply for a mentorship program through the state Department of Administration.
The summer Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program is a four-week, paid annual mentorship program with state government leaders open to North Carolina high school girls.
Established in 2019 by Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement, the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program seeks to improve gender inequity by providing college bound girls an opportunity to explore STEM-based careers within North Carolina state government.
“This program is designed to nurture the interest of our young women in public service while preparing them for careers that are often male dominated,” said DOA Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell in a statement. “We aim to change the current trajectory of STEM careers, building a better future for women, families and for the state of North Carolina.”
Program and application information can be found on the DOA website. Candidate interviews will occur in mid-March and selected applicants will be notified of placement in April. The mentorship program will be weekdays July 10 through Aug. 4.
All mentees are expected to work 40 hours a week, with time divided between working side-by-side with women leaders 24 hours per week and working on a group project 16 hours each week. The summer enrichment opportunity also includes lunch and learn sessions and field trips to various state government agencies. Students will earn a $1,700 stipend at the end of the program.
This year’s participating state agencies include the departments of Administration, Commerce, Environmental Quality, Health and Human Services, Information Technology, Natural and Cultural Resources, Public Safety, Revenue, Transportation, Governor’s Office, and the Office of State Human Resources.
In addition to working on a sustainability project, last year the Lady Cardinal mentees participated in a geology tour with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, explored the Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Exploration Center, and engaged in lunch and learn sessions with state government leaders among many other educational activities.
The Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program purpose and goals are based on recommendations from the 2018 Status of Women in NC Employment and Earnings Report released by the Council for Women and Youth Involvement in collaboration with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
Visit the DOA website to learn more about and apply for the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program for summer 2023.