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Mentor Information

Pictured above are the Mentors from Summer 2018 & Summer 2019

The Mentors are one of the main keys to the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program (S3P).  Consisting of current Swarthmore students, they serve as teaching assistants, RA's, peer tutors, and overall mentors to the upcoming  Scholar cohort.  Read more about this program here.

Summer 2020 Mentor Information

Mentor Requirements and Expectations

Student Mentors WILL:

  • Receive a full summer stipend
  • Be available every day from June 22 - August 4, 2020
  • Impact the lives of 16 incoming Swarthmore Freshman
  • Serve as a teaching assistant in the areas of Math, Writing, and Chemistry
  • Work with our own Swarthmore Faculty and be a peer tutor
  • Be trained by faculty and staff prior to the beginning of the program that starts on July 6th

This is a full-time, intensive position. Mentors are expected to support and comply with a substance-free program (i.e., no drugs or alcohol).  All Mentors will receive a stipend of $4,800.  You will be working full time during this time so you cannot hold another position during the dates above.  The stipend is the same as summer opportunity stipend on campus and reflects the level of responsibility expected from students in this position. If you have another paid position for the summer, it cannot be for dates that overlap with this program.

  • Open in Early January - most likely January 2nd - application link will appear here when open
  • Close on February 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Consist of - responding to questions on the application, submitting a transcript and resume, and seeking recommendations from three sources (at least one Swarthmore Faculty Member but not a fellow student)
  • The class of 2020 is not eligible for Student Mentor positions
Subject Area Detail
  • S3P will hire a total of six Student Mentors for this summer, two each in the areas of Math, Writing, and Chemistry.  

    • For Chemistry Mentor positions, we are seeking students who must have successfully completed Chem 10.
    • For Math Mentor positions, we are seeking students who will have completed Math 15 and Math 25. Students need not be STEM majors or minors.
    • For Writing Mentor positions, strong writing skills are required and must be demonstrated with an applicant's writing sample. Experience as a Writing Associate is a plus. We also are looking for students who have experience working as resident assistants (RA), Tri-Co summer resource persons (SRP), student academic mentors (SAM), or peer mentors on or off campus.

Questions about this application process should be directed to Debbie Thompson at