Carnegie Mellon University

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.