How to Apply
Join the Virginia College Advising Corps (formerly the College Guide Program)
The Virginia College Advising Corps seeks service-minded, motivated undergraduates in their last semesters to serve as College Advisers in our partner high schools. The term of service is two years; this includes a 5-week training program the summer before service begins. As compensation, Advisers receive a stipend of $22,000 per school year plus health insurance. College Advisers are eligible to receive a $11,000 education award to use toward the repayment of undergraduate loans or toward future education once the two-year term of service is completed. As AmeriCorps members, Advisers have the ability to defer the repayment of any undergraduate loans while participating in the Virginia College Advising Corps. Additionally, as AmeriCorps members, participants are also eligible to have the future education award matched by one of the specified AmeriCorps partner institutions. Information on AmeriCorps Partner institutions can be found on the AmeriCorps website.
Life after the Virginia College Advising Corps
The University graduates who choose to become a part of the Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC) have a wide range of interests and varying undergraduate degrees. The list of what College Advisers have gone on to, from starting graduate school to entering the workforce, is as diverse as the undergraduate majors of the program participants.
Although it may not have been their original design, some past Advisers have used their experience in the program directly through pursuing careers in student affairs, counseling, and education. VCAC alumni are working towards graduate degrees at schools all across the country, furthering their education in everything from law to biomedical engineering. Work with VCAC has given graduates a glimpse of the working world and an opportunity to make a difference. It provides valuable experience and skills that can be applied to any field from consulting to accounting.
Selection Process Timeline
January: Recruitment Information Sessions January 22nd and 23rd. 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm each night. Peabody Auditorium.
February: Application deadline: February 15th, 2013
First Round Interviews (late February – early March): If selected to interview, applicants will have an interview on Grounds with the VCAC Selection Committee.
Second Round Interviews (mid March): If selected for the second round, candidates will have an interview on Grounds with Site Supervisors from our high school partners.
Finalist Interviews (early April): If selected for the final round, candidates will interview with the on-site coordinator and school administration of a tentative placement site.
Late April: Placements confirmed and offers signed. New College Advisers will receive an information packet regarding the summer training program. Summer training will take place July 1st – August 2nd at the University of Virginia. Accommodations provided in Bice Hall.
To get started, or if you still have questions, feel free to contact Program Director Joy Pugh. If you want perspective on the position from a current adviser or have questions about a specific placement, please contact the current Adviser at that school.