Penn Engineering Online

Academic Coaches

Become an Academic Coach and be an instrumental part in helping new MCIT Online students achieve their goals. Academic Coaches are a student’s first MCIT mentor and use their expertise to give advice on the program, connect students to resources, and respond to concerns. As new students transition into the degree program, Academic Coaches meet them regularly and host both individual and group sessions to provide guidance related to the MCIT Online program and its introductory course, CIT 5910. 

Program Benefits


Give new students personalized support as they navigate their first semester in MCIT Online.


Connect with a diverse community of coaches and students.

Leadership Experience

Host information sessions and office hours to assist students in getting acclimated to program platforms and university resources.


  • New students will be matched with a coach during the Onboarding period of their first term.
    • During the onboarding period, the coach will connect with students to offer support with the onboarding course and registration.
  • Once the course opens, coaches will host weekly office hours to meet individually with students.
    • Students can use this time to discuss the course or any first semester items they would like to talk about (how to use the discussion board, upcoming new student events, etc).
  • Coaches will also host monthly information sessions for the 5910 class.
    • Topics will include new student information, time management skills, study skills, particular course topics, and accessing university resources.


  • Current MCIT Online Students
  • Four or more courses complete
  • Strong GPA and grades (3.0+)
  • A+, A, or A- in CIT 5910 required
  • Some experience and enthusiasm for teaching, mentoring, or advising is preferred
  • Bandwidth to support students for at least 12 – 17 hours per week
  • Energetic, positive, and supportive characteristics
  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents and reside in the United States at the time of employment

Training Requirements

  • Required real-time and asynchronous components
  • Includes information on how to advise students, best practices for tutoring, and program and university resources.

Need To Know Details

  • We anticipate coaches will work on average 12-17 hr/week
  • Pay $17/hr

Application Information

  • For current MCIT Online students: Contact the MCIT Online program email for any questions.
    • In the subject line, include “Interest in Academic Coach Position”
  • The Academic Coach application will be open from Jun 27 – July 8, 2022.