Looking for something to do this summer?  Interested in education and working with urban youth?
Become a Drew Summer College mentor!

Each year, a group of undergraduate mentors is selected to work with the Summer College students. The mentors are chosen on the basis of their strong academic records, their campus involvement, their strength as leaders, and their prior experience. The mentors attend classes and events with the Summer College students, share meals with them and live with them in the residence halls. Throughout the week, in formal and informal settings, the mentors talk with the visiting students about their own college selection process and about their experience on campus and help the student shape their own college plans and aspirations.

What is Summer College?

Summer College is a grant-funded program which brings high school students from Harlem and Newark to Drew for a one-week experience of college. They live on campus for the week, attend classes and activities and spend time with their Drew mentors.

The purpose of this program is to provide high school students from Newark and New York City an opportunity to experience life at a residential liberal arts college.  The program also aims to help the students think about why they would choose a liberal arts college or decide to get a college education at all.  As you prepare to participate in Summer College, you might begin to think about what you would tell the students about your own educational choices.  Why are you in college?  Why do you think it is important to have a college education?  Why did you choose the liberal arts?  How have you thought through your plans for what you are doing at Drew?  What’s it like to be a college student?  These are the kinds of questions you may be asked, though perhaps not in those words.  You might want to do some thinking about what you will say and how you might be helpful to the students in reflecting on their college plans.  Your enthusiasm and thoughtfulness is the key to the success of this program!

What do mentors do?

Live in the residence halls with the students and work with them throughout the week, attending classes and activities, participating in programs, and just sharing their thoughts on their own college choices and experiences.

During the Summer College program weeks, each mentor is expected to be at:

  • All lunch and dinner meals with their mentees; also some assigned breakfasts.
  • Daily late-afternoon free time with students;
  • Daily evening activities with students;
  • At least 3 hours during the class day, during which time mentor responsibilities will include attending classes and actively participating in activities with students and/or working in the office;
  • The residence hall with the students after their evening activities;
  • A brief, daily mentor meeting (10-15 mins.) held just before dinner to check in as a team, confirm the next day’s schedule, and resolve any problems or concerns that have come up during the day;
  • Student move-in period (from 1.00 p.m. onward) on Sundays;
  • Student move-out period on Fridays after dinner.

During training, we will develop weekly schedules and confirm that each mentor knows what times s/he is working.  Mentors will have the opportunity, as we rotate through the weeks, to attend various classes and programs with their mentees and to participate in evening activities.  Each mentor will have tickets to the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ performance one week.

What is the compensation for mentors?

Free housing and board, as well as a $1,600 stipend for the 3-4 and a half week program.

When is Summer College?

Early July through the first week of August.  Mentor training usually begins the first week in July.

What are the qualifications for mentors?

A strong academic record, leadership skills, some prior relevant experience, and enthusiasm for the program.  Applicants must be a Drew undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

How do I apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2014.  Please apply for Summer 2015 next Spring!

What do mentors need to pack for the program?

What to bring:

  • Appropriate casual clothes and comfortable shoes.  NO very-short shorts or excessively revealing tops.  Mentors are expected to be professionals and must meet the dress codes the students are expected to adhere to by their schools. Bring casual clothes but also think about what is appropriate.
  • Toiletries & medication
  • Tennis shoes/boots for outdoor lab experience & old clothes you can get dirty.
  • “Nice” clothes appropriate for the theater and graduation:
    • For women: a dressy skirt or pants and a nice top, or a dress.
    • For men: dress pants and either a button-down or polo shirt.
  • Rain gear – umbrella or rain jacket
  • Alarm clock
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Swimsuit (for the pool during free time with students)
  • Gym clothes (for free time with students)
  • Cell phone
  • Student ID
  • Camera
  • Laptop
  • Last summer, residence halls were very cold.  You might want to bring an extra blanket.
  • Towels are dorm-issue, so you might also want to bring your own towels.

What is provided:

  • Sheets, towels, washcloths, and pillows.

Questions about the program?

E-mail Wendy Kolmar (wkolmar@drew.edu) or Maya Sanyal (msanyal@drew.edu).