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Mentor Information

The S3P Mentor Team, Summer 2023

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to apply to join the S3P team! As an S3P mentor, you'll mentor incoming first-year students academically and socially, build your leadership skills, and form lasting relationships with your peers and professors.

Mentor Requirements and Expectations

Student Mentors WILL:

  • Receive a $6,000 stipend
  • Be fully available every day from June 24 - August 2, 2024, including during the evening and on weekends.
  • Impact the lives of 16 incoming first-generation and low-income students
  • Be assigned as a teaching assistant to one of the S3P Courses: Math, Writing, or Lab Science (Astronomy in Summer 2024)
  • Participate in 2 weeks of training from June 24 - July 7 to prepare for academic, residential, and leadership responsibilities
  • Work as a team with S3P faculty and staff to build academic, social, and professional programming
  • Serve in an RA capacity by living in the residence halls with students throughout the whole program
  • Support and comply with a substance-free program (includes alcohol and other drugs)

This is a full-time, live-in position.  Mentors cannot hold another paid or unpaid position during the program.

  • Open on January 22nd, 2024.
  • Close on February 16th, 2024 at 4:00 pm EST.
  • Open to first-years, sophomores, and juniors. Graduating seniors may not apply.
  • Application Requirements include transcript, resume, short essay questions, and two letters of recommendation. One recommendation must come from a Swarthmore faculty member who is not part of the 2024 S3P Faculty & Staff team.
Subject Area Detail
  • S3P will hire a total of six Student Mentors for this summer, two each in the areas of Math, Writing, and Lab Science.

    • For the Math course, we are seeking Mentors who will have completed Math 15 and Math 25. 
    • For the Writing course, we are seeking Mentors who have strong writing skills,  demonstrated with an applicant's writing sample. Experience as a Writing Associate or SAM is a plus.
    • For the Lab Science (Astronomy focus) course, we are seeking Mentors who:

           - like to think and talk about science
           - are comfortable helping students learn to use software that's new to them
           - are comfortable and confident doing algebra and trigonometry and have some familiarity with angular measure
           - are comfortable giving students feedback on their writing
           - ideally have some astronomy experience (not required)
           - ideally have been a TA, Photon, Pirate, or other peer assistant (not required)

    • For all positions, 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