WEPO Mentor

Penn State College of Engineering is committed to providing access to programs and opportunities to all qualified students without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

The WEPO Mentor position is an outstanding opportunity for any upper-level engineering student interested in gaining leadership experience and skills, and enhancing their professional marketability. Each WEPO Mentor represents Penn State and leads a group of 5-6 participants. They serve as a year-long resource and convey 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.



Founded to serve students from groups underrepresented in engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff with equity and inclusion engagement. The center leads the implementation of evidence-based best practices to support student belonging and degree attainment, while also encouraging involvement with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and organizations. All are welcome!

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287