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How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit a cover letter that is no longer than two pages, double spaced, and answer the following questions:

  • 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?

Job Summary

The Center for Educational Outreach is looking for College Advisers to engage and work with students and families across Michigan. If you are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, passionate about equal access to education, and believe we are stronger together, this opportunity may be for you.

The goal of this program is to help encourage students to explore the option of higher education, to understand university admissions, financial aid processes, and guide students as they approach their graduation date, or as they gain interest in higher education. Advisers are expected to live in the community to which they are assigned. The position is expected through June 2022. Upon each 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.

This is a part-time AmeriCorps opportunity with eligibility for an education award for each term of service. Advisers will receive a $26,225 annual stipend, plus a $1200 training stipend over the summer, and a $6495 AmeriCorps Education Award.

This opportunity includes a four week residential training on campus or virtually with U of M, and one week at the National College Advising Corps training program virtually or outside of Michigan. If public health protocols call for it, this training may only take place remotely over Zoom.


  • Develop a comprehensive college timeline for each student, including application deadlines for admissions and financial aid
  • Assist the program director and evaluation staff to collect and interpret 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 about 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
  • Work 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 with the MCAC program director and school personnel, the needs of an assigned school, and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs
  • Seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at assigned high school and support the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program
  • College Advising Corps, and periodic staff meetings/professional development sessions throughout the year

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan with a graduation date no earlier than May 2019 (given the impact of COVID-19, applicants who have graduated from other institutions will also be considered this year)
  • Experience working with youth, including those from diverse backgrounds.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects using strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Prior work manipulating or analyzing data.
  • Creativity and initiative in developing new programs.
  • Experience with program development or management.
  • Pass federal and state background screening.

Additional Information

University of Michigan Mission

The University of Michigan wants 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 be advisers in high schools across Michigan, those that are located in traditionally underserved communities. Working with school professionals, MCAC advisers will 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 about the benefits of a postsecondary education, preparing for college/university attendance, and the admissions and financial aid processes.

Please note: If your anticipated graduation date is after May 2021 (e.g., August 2021), please apply using the student employment website where you will find a duplicate posting:

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.