DOA’s Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program Kicks off June 27 | Eastern North Carolina Now | Program welcomes 13 North Carolina high school girls interested in exploring state government STEM careers

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    Raleigh, NC - This year, 13 North Carolina high school girls will participate in the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program, a summer enrichment opportunity nurturing student interest in state government science, technology, engineering and mathematic career fields. On June 27, students will embark on a 5-week hands-on educational experience at one of 10 participating state government agencies.

    "This program is crucial as it extends classroom training to in-person experience for girls in career fields that are often dominated by men," said NC Department of Administration Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell. "As we seek to eliminate gender and occupational segregation across the state, mentorship programs like Lady Cardinal are essential to improving the outlook for not only women but families and our state as a whole."

    This summer marks the second year for the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program, following a brief hiatus due to COVID-19.

    Representing counties from as far west as Rowan to as far east as Johnston, each student will be assigned a special project and will work 40 hours per week. Mentees will dedicate 24-hours weekly working side-by-side with women leaders and 16 hours with other mentees on a group project. Additionally, students will engage in summer enrichment opportunities including lunch and learn sessions and site visits to various state government agencies. All mentees will earn a $2,100 stipend at the end of the program.

    Participating state agencies this year include the departments of Administration, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Information Technology, Natural and Cultural Resources, Public Safety, Revenue, Transportation, and the offices of the Governor and State Human Resources.

    The Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program was created based on recommendations from the 2018 Status of Women in NC Employment and Earnings Report released by the Council for Women and Youth Involvement in collaboration with the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The report highlights the growing disparity in employment and earnings among women and men in North Carolina. If unchanged, the gender wage gap will not begin to close until year 2060. The report also underscores Governor Roy Cooper's NC Job Ready Initiative, which advocates for more internships, training and apprenticeships to prepare North Carolinians for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

    Visit the NCDOA website to learn more about the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program.


  • NCDOA Communications
  • Department of Administration
  • 116 W. Jones Street
  • Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

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