Become a College Adviser


About the Position

AdviseMI is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 program year. Recent bachelor’s degree recipients will serve as AdviseMI AmeriCorps advisers in selected high schools across Michigan, particularly high schools that are located in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.  Serving alongside high school counselors and other school professionals, advisers will support students as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution. Advisers serve full time and focus on advising students, especially those from low-income backgrounds, through the complex steps toward college enrollment.  Advisers will provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a postsecondary education, preparing for college attendance, and the admission and financial aid processes. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Interact on a daily basis with high school students and families in the assigned high school to provide relevant information about postsecondary education and the college choice/financial aid processes:
  • Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
  • Develop a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid for each student
  • Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications
  • Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
  •  Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities:
  • Visit classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer services and emphasize the necessity of postsecondary participation
  • Partner with local community groups—particularly Local College Access Networks (LCANs)—to provide college access services outside of the school setting and hours
  • Host regular workshops for the families of students to discuss topics relevant to college preparation
  • Organize college campus visits and on-site college representative visits
  •  Establish productive collegial relationships with principals, school counselors, and teachers in assigned high school, as well as other community-based college access professionals:
  • Assess, in consultation with MCAN and the high school, the particular assets and needs of the assigned school, and adapt/adopt programs and activities to reinforce existing efforts to expand the services provided to students and avoid duplication
  • Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at the assigned high school
  •  Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program:
  • Assist MCAN to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome data  to evaluate the effectiveness of AdviseMI
  • Submit monthly progress reports documenting progress and output data to the program staff
  • Represent AdviseMI, as requested by the program staff, to potential supporters and other interested parties
  •  Build and maintain expertise in admission and financial aid advising:
  • Participate fully in a mandatory training session
  • Attend all professional development training sessions provided by AdviseMI

 What You Need to Know 

 Stipend  Transportation  Housing Education Award  Training

$24,000.00 (before taxes). 

Reliable transportation

Must live in or near the
community in which
you are serving.

$6,195.00 (before taxes).
Possible eligibility for
forbearance of 
federal student loans.

Advisers will receive
mandatory training in college
access and advising.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject area with a 2018, 2019, or 2020 graduation date from one of the following colleges or universities: Adrian College, Albion College, Aquinas College, Baker College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Olivet College, Saginaw Valley State University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan- Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University. 
  • Ability to effectively partner with students, faculty, and staff, including those from diverse backgrounds
  • Previous experience demonstrating strong leadership abilities, influencing others in a positive manner while achieving goals, and effectively communicating ideas and generating support for ideas
  • Ability to serve independently and analytically, exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; strong planning and organizational skills
  • Willingness to handle complex and detail-oriented tasks and projects
  • High energy, creativity, ability to assume responsibility
  • Take initiative and develop new programs within the high school setting
  • Successfully pass Federal and State background screenings
  • Provide documentation of eligibility for service (e.g. birth certificate, passport, transcripts)
  • Dependable transportation to get to and from your service site 



Applicants must be a United States citizen, a national, or a legal permanent resident and at least 18 years of age. Documentation of proof of age and citizenship will be required during the selection process. 


2020-2021 Cohort Recruitment

AdviseMI Application Process

The AdviseMI College Adviser position application will open January 2020! 

To inquire about possible current openings please email advisemi(a)

Questions may be directed to AdviseMI program staff by calling (517) 316-1713 or sending an email to advisemi(a)

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