Summer 2022: Now accepting applications

CHOICES Mentors

What is CHOICES?
CHOICES—Charting Horizons and Opportunities in Careers in Engineering and Science—is the coolest engineering and science outreach program in the known universe. It happens to be for middle-school girls.

The entire CHOICES experience, through the one-day program in the spring and weeklong summer day camp, is designed to prove that science is accessible to everyone. It’s fun, challenging, interesting, and, in a word...cool.

In 2022, the summer camp schedule is as follows:

  • Camp 1, June 20-24
  • Camp 2, June 27-July 1

What are the qualifications for being a mentor?
CHOICES mentors must be current Lehigh women engineering students. Our funding through Bosch Rexroth requires this specificity.

What are the roles of a mentor?
The mentors are with the girls through the entire day camp. They are responsible for the campers’ well-being as well as introducing them to all the excitement of engineering. The mentors serve as a bridge between the campers and the volunteer professors.

Breakdown of mentor responsibilities:

  • Attend orientation June 16 and June 17 (CPR and first aid training included) time TBD
  • Camp times 7:30 am-4:00 pm (Times may vary slightly due to day’s agenda)
  • Responsible for the well-being of middle school group members (about 5 students)
  • Assist professors in group activities
  • Work with other mentors and junior mentors
  • Encourage fun, harmony, and excitement during group activities
  • Help in set up and take down daily

What are the benefits of being a mentor?

  • One of the top benefits of mentoring a small group of girls is seeing the joy and excitement they have while completing engineering/STEM projects as well as the knowledge that this is something they CAN do. They CAN be an engineer—just like you. You become their role models.
  • You can also fulfill any volunteer hours that may be required as Lehigh student. Paperwork available by request.
  • Mentorship looks great on a resume. Many engineering companies are looking to expand their outreach programs. To have participated in and shown leadership skills one as successful and predominant as Lehigh University CHOICES is a great line in the resume.
  • Leadership skills are also valued when applying for the various learning experiences across Lehigh’s campus. If you need a recommendation, we are willing to provide you with one.
  • This is a paid position.

What dates will be required?

You can participate in one or both of the 2022 camps:

  • Camp 1, June 20-24
  • Camp 2, June 27-July 1

To notify us of your interest in CHOICES mentorship, please complete this brief form.