Position Description

We seek exemplary students to serve as peer tutors for University of Minnesota students.


  • Assist students academically by:
    • establishing a rapport conducive to positive professional interactions
    • respecting differences in background, opinion, ability, and motivation
    • upholding standards of academic integrity
    • supporting the student in establishing challenging, yet attainable goals
    • maintaining confidentiality of protected information
  • Attend and actively participate in scheduled training sessions and staff meetings
  • Accurately record consultation proceedings and submit required documentation
  • Serve as a positive representative of the Peer Tutor program


Evidence of:
  • academic excellence
  • a demonstrated passion for education
  • superior communication and interpersonal skills
Applicants must:
  • be currently enrolled students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • be undergraduates eligible for student employment
  • maintain a 3.2 college grade point average
Applicants are eligible to support courses in which:
  • the applicant received a full "A" grade
  • the applicant demonstrated competency equivalence to an "A" grade through an AP Exam, CLEP Exam, IB score, transfer credit, etc.
  • the applicant received an "A-" grade and SMART receives an endorsement letter from faculty for each "A-" class
Highly competitive applicants also:
  • have advanced coursework in their area(s) of specialization
  • possess prior tutoring experience
  • are work-study eligible
  • support multiple courses


Tutoring shifts vary based on areas of specialization, and appointment hours. Most applicants are available at least 4 hours per week during peak times (Mon-Thu, 10a-6p). Preference is given to applicants who can work at least 8 hours per week.

Areas of Specialization

We are in most need of tutors who can support math (Calculus II and below), introductory physics, economics, chemistry, and/or statistics. 


Initial pay is $10.50/hr. Salary increases with training and experience.


Peer Tutors have the opportunity to:
  • earn College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification
  • gain valuable, resume-building experience helping peers
  • refine interpersonal communication and tutoring skills

Application Information

  • The priority deadline for Fall 2019 applications - Friday, April 12th at 11:59 PM. Applications received after the deadline are kept on file for 2 semesters and reviewed in the event of an unanticipated vacancy.
  • All tutors must be available for mandatory all-day trainings on August 29th and August 30th. 
  • All tutors must complete required employment paperwork prior to attending training and starting work. 

To Apply

  • Complete an application form and attach a copy of your resume
  • At least one faculty member from one of the courses you are applying to support must submit a brief endorsement letter
    • The faculty member should email the endorsement letter to cklee@umn.edu
    • Applicants are responsible for working with faculty members to ensure the endorsement letter is submitted
    • If you are applying to support courses in which you received "A-" grades, provide an endorsement letter from faculty in each "A-" course

Faculty endorsement letters may be submitted after the priority deadline but should be provided as soon as possible for full consideration.  Applications review begins after both the online application is complete and the endorsement letter is received.