Applications are now closed for the 2024-2025 academic year.*

Application Deadlines

Academic Mentor (Drop-in and Matched):

*Academic Mentor applications received by February 26 were given first consideration for any available positions. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis. During the latter period of application review, references must be submitted before an application can be considered. As of April 2024, most positions have been filled, but we are still seeking candidates who can support Physics I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, and/or Differential Equations.*

Residential Peer Mentor (RPM):

  • Applications – Monday, February 5 at 11:59 PM
  • References – Monday, February 12 at 11:59 PM

Academic Skills Peer Coach:

  • Applications – Monday, February 5 at 11:59 PM
  • References – Monday, February 12 at 11:59 PM

PLTL Leader: 

  • Applications – Friday, February 9 at 1:00 PM
  • References – preferred by Friday, February 9 at 5:00 PM, but accepted until Friday, February 16 at 5:00 PM

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Join our Team

Do you enjoy working with others? Are you interested in developing your teaching skills or studying the science of learning? Do you want to pass your knowledge and skills along to your peers? If any of these apply to you, the Learning Center may be the perfect fit for you!

How to Apply

Applications for Residential Peer Mentor, Academic Mentor, Peer Coach, and PLTL Leader positions for the following academic year open in early January each year. For instance, the application cycle for Fall 2023 mentors, leaders, and coaches opens in January 2023. Students can apply for Residential Peer Mentoring and Academic Mentoring positions through the same application, while those interested in becoming a PLTL leader or Peer Coaches must complete separate applications.

Please note: In their application form, students must provide the name of someone (preferably a WashU employee) who can provide a reference. Once the application form is submitted, the listed reference will receive an automated email prompt to complete a short reference form. While additional time is provided for reference submissions, you are encouraged to contact potential reference writers before submitting your application and are welcome to provide them the reference form link in advance of submitting the application.

After a thorough review of submitted applications, finalists are invited to interview with a panel typically comprised of Learning Center staff, department representatives, and current mentors. The number of interviewees, as well as the number of candidates  that we ultimately hire, varies from year to year, depending on the availability of open positions as well as anticipated needs.


Are there any eligibility requirements for becoming a mentor?

Yes. In general, we are looking for students who have demonstrated mastery of the relevant course material, enjoy working with other students, and are interested in developing skills to help others learn.

The following are the minimum standards established by The Learning Center. Some departments and programs have additional requirements, which are detailed in the applications.

  1. Minimum grade of A- in the course you wish to mentor.
  2. Minimum cumulative and semester grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Up-to-date student information on WEBSTAC.
  4. Availability to enroll in and complete a training course in the fall semester after being hired.
What is the timeline for the application cycle?

Exact times will vary by program, but in general, the application process will follow this timeline:

Applications open: early January

Applications close: early – mid February

Interviews: mid February – late March

Decisions emailed: late March – early April

Which subjects can I apply to mentor for?

The short answer: any subject for which we provide mentoring. To learn more about the courses we support, visit our program pages for Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL), Matched Academic Mentoring, and RPM/Drop-in Academic Mentoring. Of course, you also will need to meet the eligibility requirements before you start mentoring.

Of course, the number of openings we ultimately will be able to hire for each spring depends on how many of our current mentors are returning, as well as our anticipated demand for that course.

Additionally, we are continually looking for avenues to expand our programs, including the courses for which we offer mentoring. So in your application, feel free to list other courses that you are eligible and interested in mentoring for, not just those for which academic support is already provided.

Can I apply to mentor for a course I'm taking right now?

Absolutely! Should we offer you a position, the offer will be contingent upon you completing the course with an A- or better. However, the fact that you are currently enrolled in the course does not hurt your application – in fact, you could see it as a benefit, since you will be much more familiar with the material (and the experience of being in the course) than someone who hasn’t taken the course in a couple semesters!

Are these paid or volunteer positions?

All student employee positions at the Learning Center are paid positions.

Additionally, our employees receive course credit for any training courses in which they are required to enroll.

I have a question about my application. Who should I contact?

You can contact us via email at or by phone at 314-935-2066.

Our Mentors

I love being an RPM! If you enjoy helping people understand their homework or just want to brush up on your own skills in a class, being an RPM is a great opportunity to do it.

Han / Calc RPM
Physics, 2022

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