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Application Deadline For High School Girls STEM Mentorship Is March 13

 

Last updated 3/9/2020 at 12:18pm



The N.C. Department of Administration’s Council for Women & Youth Involvement (CFWYI) is accepting applications for the annual Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program. The mentorship program is a 5-week summer enrichment opportunity for high school girls in North Carolina who are interested in exploring careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics within state government.

The Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program nur-tures the academic interests in STEM of high school girls, giving them a platform to explore careers that are often dominated by men,” said N.C. Depart-ment of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders. “Lending such opportunities to our young women not only prepares them for the jobs of today and tomorrow but can potentially help reduce occupational segregation among men and women in the workforce and close the current gender wage gap.”

According to data released from the 2018 Status of Women in N.C .: Employment & Earnings Report, women in North Carolina earn a median income of $36,400, and an average of $8,600 less than men. Offering paid internships, training, apprenticeships and recruit-ing women to more high-growth and earning occupations, like engineer-ing and information technology, can help improve the present employment and earnings disparity among women and men across our state and nation.

Established in 2019, the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program offers high school girls hands-on work experience in STEM-related fields, cultivating their career goals while encouraging continuing education. The mentorship program runs June 15 – July 17, 2020. Selected students are assigned to state agencies based on field of interest. Each student will earn a stipend and work a total of 40-hours per week.

Students interested in applying for the 2020 summer mentorship pro-gram have until March 13. To be eligible, students must submit a completed application along with a resume, cover letter and transcript to N.C. CFWYI’s Internship & Youth Council Coordinator, Candace Dudley at candace.dudley@doa.nc.gov or N.C. Department of Administration’s Policy Develoment Analyst, Emily Roach at emily.roach@doa.nc.gov.

For more information on program and to download an application, please visit the N.C. Council for Women & Youth Involvement website for more details.

 
 

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