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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



The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists women and multicultural students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our support system of faculty and staff encourages current students to become involved with our programs and student organizations.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

211 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287