The North Carolina Department of Administration is accepting applications until Feb. 26 for a four-week, paid mentorship with state government leaders for North Carolina high school girls.
The NCDOA’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement established the summer Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program in 2019 to improve gender inequity by providing college bound girls an opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, within North Carolina state government.
“Since its inception the program has mentored nearly 40 high school girls across the state,” NCDOA Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell said. “Preparing North Carolina’s best and brightest in high-growth and high-earning fields such as STEM careers will help more women and families achieve economic security, reduce poverty and grow the state’s economy.”
Program and application information can be found on the NCDOA website. Candidate interviews will take place in mid-March and selected applicants will be notified of placement in April. The mentorship program will run weekdays July 8 through Aug. 2.
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, and Transportation, the Governor’s Office, and the Offices of State Human Resources and State Budget and Management.
All mentees are expected to work 40 hours a week, with time divided between working side-by-side with women leaders and working on a group project. 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.