Undergraduate Mentor [Spring 2020]

CollegeSpring mentors are an essential part of our programs, helping students increase both test scores and college options. Mentors work directly with groups of 5-7 high school juniors on SAT/ACT preparation. We seek to hire dedicated undergraduates who will understand the challenges our students face, who have the potential and desire to become strong tutors, and who will inspire our students to imagine new possibilities.

Applications for Spring 2020 are now open.

About CollegeSpring Mentors

CollegeSpring mentors work directly with small groups of high school juniors on SAT preparation, college readiness and social emotional learning lessons. As a member of CollegeSpring’s staff, you will develop teaching and leadership skills, meet other talented undergraduates, and help make college attainment a reality for high school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.             


  • Tutor small groups of students using our SAT (Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing) curriculum.
  • Spend up to 2 hours weekly to plan lessons, which includes reviewing content, attempting practice problems and preparing engagement strategies (ex. activities/games).
  • Modify and personalize lessons to facilitate student engagement and learning.
  • Engage students and develop classroom management and leadership skills.
  • Analyze test results to identify where students need support.
  • Implement College Readiness and Social Emotional Learning curriculum at select sites.
  • Be a college role model, helping students envision the college experience and why it matters.



  • Ability to effectively explain concepts and processes in creative ways.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with students.
  • Reliable and Punctual: will be available and on time for all planned sessions and trainings.
  • Strong time-management skills: able to balance school and work effectively.
  • Strong communication skills: able to communicate effectively with various levels of staff and students, including peers, lead mentor, program staff, and school site staff.


  • Belief that all students are capable of academic success: including improving their SAT/ACT score, gaining admission to a four-year University, and succeeding in college.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as guiding principles in the workplace.
  • Self-starter; takes initiative to anticipate needs and design solutions. Proactively asks for feedback when necessary.
  • Committed to continuous learning and development

Schedule and Time Commitment

  • Mentors must commit to 4-10 hours per week (January to May).
  • Mentors must complete two mandatory weekend days of training.
  • Mentors should plan to spend additional time each week traveling to and from school sites.


  • This is a paid position. Pay is $14.25/hour (except where minimum wage laws are higher).
  • Returning Mentors earn an additional $1.00/hour.
  • Mentors will be compensated for the time they spend tutoring, and up to 2 hours of additional weekly preparation time.
  • Mentors will receive a transportation stipend of $100 to offset travel costs.  If a mentor works at multiple school sites, transportation stipend is $150.

Mentoring Perks

  • Support students in achieving their academic goals.
  • Be part of a professional network of social justice-oriented peers, educators, and non-profit professionals.
  • Gain teaching experience – small group management, lesson planning, differentiation and behavior management.
  • Improve communication, problem solving, and management skills, critical thinking, professionalism and time management.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.

Mentoring Locations/Times

  • Mentors can apply for specific times and locations! Please view the following chart for the options!

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in college or be a recent graduate
  • Eligible to work in the U.S. (and off-campus)
  • Agree and pass a criminal background check 
  • Ability to coordinate access to reliable transportation
  • Eligibility to work on a school campus: passing a criminal background check through fingerprinting and a negative Mantoux TB Skin Test