Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

All of our programs are currently delivered using Zoom Video Conferencing. We will return to conducting in-person sessions on campus in the future, in alignment with CMU’s posture on Covid-19.

Become aTartan Scholars Ambassador

Please note that our application season has ended until Spring 2022.

The role of a Tartan Scholar Ambassador is to support the cohort of first year Tartan Scholars students. Ambassadors focus on the program's mission to promote a sense of belonging; to support self-authorship; and to encourage growth mindset. Ambassadors provide peer support, assist with program development and execution, identify resources for academic support, serve as a liaison between each small group of students known as Tartan Scholar families, their Tartan Scholar mentors, and the Tartan Scholar staff; and fosters an environment which encompasses a successful academic and co-curricular first year experience. Tartan Scholar Ambassadors typically work 4-6 hours per week.

What does a Tartan Scholars Ambassador do?

Additional opportunities

  • Our student staff can also work in projects for service, outreach, and research for the SASC office.
  • Tartan Scholars also may have the opportunity to do office administrative work for the SASC office.

The benefits of being a Tartan Scholars Ambassador

  • Develops leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Developing career competencies that prepare you for successful transition into your future workplace
  • Gain satisfaction from helping other students to succeed
  • Paid campus position after training
  • Flexible work schedule


  • Currently enrolled CMU student
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • A commitment to helping other students
  • Satisfactory completion of training program


Components (all virtual)

  1. Orientation
  2. Weekly workshop/module
  3. Weekly shadowing
  4. Weekly reflection and connection
  5. Approx 3 hrs per week for 10 weeks

Anticipated Timeline

  • Orientation to happen between finals ending and graduation (May)
  • Week of May 24th - Week of August 2nd (10 weeks)
    • One module/workshop a week
    • Shadow experience
    • Weekly reflections
  • Monday, August 23rd - All-Staff kick-off meeting
    • Welcome to fall semester - get to know Student Academic Success team
    • Logistics coordinated centrally (paperwork and processes)
  • Week of August 23rd- Program area training as determined by program coordinators

Application Process

All applicants will need to
  • provide contact information of two (2) references*
  • upload an unofficial academic record

Successful applicants will
  • be contacted to schedule an interview
  • commit to attend required trainings
  • become paid peer learning support staff in the Fall after successfully completing the required trainings

The application cycle for Spring 2021 is now closed.