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 courses, CIT 5910 and CIT 5920.

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.


  • Provide tutoring and coaching services throughout each week, i.e., host regular weekly 5910 private office hour time slots for students to attend, regular group sessions for 5920
  • Work with students one-on-one to mediate some of the work/life issues they may encounter in their first semester, such as adjusting back to school, time management, good study habits, challenges in introductory courses etc.
  • Host information sessions to groups of incoming students on topics important to new student success. These topics can range from student tools and platforms, strategies for student success, academic concepts, etc. Topics are flexible and can be adjusted based on students’ needs.


  • Three or more courses completed
  • Strong GPA and grades (3.0+)
  • A final grade of an A in CIT 5910 required
  • A final grade of an A or B in CIT 5920 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
  • December 5, 2022 – May 1, 2023
  • Pay $18/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 Open Nov 2 – Nov 13