WEPO Mentor

The WEPO Mentor position is an outstanding opportunity for any upper-level woman engineering student interested in gaining leadership experience and skills, and enhancing her professional marketability. Each WEPO Mentor represents Penn State and leads a group of 5-6 participants. She serves as a year-long resource and conveys information to new students and their families about Penn State, WEP Programs, and student services. Mentors play a vital role in facilitating the adjustment of new engineering students to higher education and to the Penn State community.


  • Arrive one day pre-WEPO, for training
  • Contact mentees (“WEPO-teers”) at least three times during the summer before WEPO
  • Lead discussion groups and activities with incoming students
  • Participate in all orientation activities
  • Serve as a role model illustrating how to take advantage of academic opportunities and how to make good social decisions
  • Acquaint new students with campus services and building locations
  • Reside in the hotel with staff and students during 3-day orientation
  • Facilitate discussion with industry guests and “WEPO-teers” at assigned Career Dinner table
  • Stay with your team throughout the design project and computer workshop as a resource
  • Attend monthly WEP meetings throughout the academic year
  • Maintain contact with students during their ENTIRE first academic year!


  • $300.00 Leadership Scholarship awarded to your student account
  • Orientation lodging provided at the Atherton Hotel during WEPO
  • All meals and snacks provided during pre-orientation meetings and orientation program
  • Optional early move-in to campus dorms
  • Two WEPO T-shirts and WEP polo shirt

Application Process

  • Completed application, résumé, and one reference typically due in early February
  • Applicants must attend a 20-minute interview on a date to be mutually determined. (Interview can be conducted by telephone for co-op students.)

Please contact Cheryl Knobloch at the Women in Engineering Program Office, 208 Hammond Building, by phone at 814-865-6311, or by email at cknobloch@engr.psu.edu.