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How to Apply

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and a response to the short essay question at the bottom as one document.


Prepare and attach a statement that clearly and creatively answers the questions below. Statements should be no longer than two pages typewritten, double-spaced. 

  • Why are you interested in participating in the Michigan College Advising Corps? 
  • What would make you an effective college adviser? 
  • How do you believe this experience will benefit you personally and professionally?

Please note: If your anticipated graduation date is after May 2019 (e.g., August 2019), please apply using the student employment website where you will find a duplicate posting:

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Job Summary

The University of Michigan seeks to help more Michigan high school students pursue postsecondary education. Following the tradition of Teach for America and AmeriCorps programs, recent University of Michigan graduates will serve as advisers in high schools across Michigan, particularly those that are located in traditionally underserved communities. Working alongside school professionals, MCAC advisers will identify, assist, and empower students to make the transition from high school to a postsecondary institution. 

Advisers work full time and focus on low-income, first-generation students, mentoring these students through the increasingly complex and costly steps in pursuing postsecondary education. Advisers will provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a postsecondary education, preparing for college/university attendance, and the admissions and financial aid processes. 


The advisers will commit to a term of service beginning early July 2019 through June 2020. This is an AmeriCorps position with eligibility for an education award for each term of service. These appointments include a mandatory four-week residential training session on the U-M campus and one week at the National College Advising Corps training program outside of Michigan. Advisers receive a $1,200 training stipend over the summer. In an effort for the advisers to be fully enmeshed in the fabric of the local communities, advisers are expected to live in the community in which they are assigned. Upon successful completion of the first school year commitment and at the discretion of the MCAC program, advisers may choose to commit to one additional school year of service to the MCAC. 


  • Interact on a daily basis with high school students and/or parents in the assigned school to provide relevant information about the higher education experience and the college/university admissions and financial aid processes 
  • Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices 
  • Develop for each student a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admissions and financial aid 
  • Assist the program director and evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the MCAC program 
  • Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications 
  • Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid 
  • Provide information regarding high school course selection, test-taking skills, and basic financial planning to help prepare for future education 
  • Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities 
  • Visit classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer MCAC services and emphasize the importance of college 
  • Collaborate with local community groups—local college access networks, churches, boys and girls clubs, social service providers—to offer events outside the school setting and hours 
  • Host regular workshops for the families of students to discuss topics such as financial aid, college planning timeline, the importance of a postsecondary education, and available opportunities 
  • Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in assigned high school 
  • Assess, in consultation with the MCAC program director and school personnel, the particular needs of an assigned school, and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs 
  • Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at assigned high school 
  • Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program 
  • Submit monthly data reports to the program director documenting progress and outcome data 
  • Represent MCAC, as requested by the program director, to potential supporters and to other interested parties 
  • Maintain expertise in admissions and financial aid advising 
  • Visit feeder middle schools to encourage early planning for college, when time permits 
  • Participate fully in four weeks of residential training each summer on the U-M campus, one week with the National College Advising Corps, and periodic staff meetings/professional development sessions throughout the year 
  • In consultation with the program director, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, with a graduation date no earlier than May 2018 (2018 / 2019 Graduates)
  • Proven ability to work effectively with youth including those from diverse backgrounds, as well as the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team 
  • Previous experience demonstrating strong leadership abilities, the ability to influence others in a positive manner to achieve goals, and effectively communicating ideas and generating support for ideas are a must 
  • Ability to work independently and analytically, exercise discretion and good judgment 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficient computer skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; strong planning and organizational skills 
  • Demonstrate program development and management experience 
  • Willingness to handle complex and detail-oriented workload 
  • Team-oriented, especially as it relates to developing ideas around program design, implementation, and evaluation 
  • High energy, creativity, ability to assume responsibility; take initiative and develop new programs 
  • Successfully pass Federal and State background screening

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.