University of Iowa

Honors student staff play an integral role in providing the support our program needs to operate. They reinforce our community by managing the reception office, coordinating events and programs, overseeing the Blank Honors Center facility, and providing customer service to current and prospective students, families, and the UI community.

We are not accepting applications at this time. Check back in February 2019.

As an Honors Student Employee, You Will:
  • Build a practical skill set which will be transferrable to a variety of work environments,
  • Expand your knowledge of the program therefore increasing your own opportunities as a member of Honors at Iowa,
  • Make connections with students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and more!

All honors student employees must be in good standing with the program and cannot serve in more than two (2) paid positions with the program. The following positions start at $10.00/hour and are offered on an as-needed basis:

Honors Admin


  • Provide administrative support for the Honors Program and manage reception desk activity on the 4th floor of the Blank Honors Center.
  • Serve as the first point of contact to anyone who calls, emails, or walks in.
  • Develop a focus area utilizing your skills and interests to serve a need for the program such as outreach, assessment, development, process improvement, or creative engagement.
  • Serve as ITC monitor to students on the 3rd floor approximately 2-3 hours per week during evenings or weekends.


  1. Monitor shared spaces on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Blank Honors Center.
  2. Act as an Honors Program liaison to parents/families, high school students, current students, international students, faculty, staff, and outside guests in a professional manner.
  3. Serve on the Honors Outreach Team, manage a social media account, and/or publish the weekly e-mail newsletter.
  4. Manage the departmental e-mail account, answer guest questions, schedule appointments, answer telephones, and perform other reception duties as needed.
  5. Respond to requests for honors admission and clearly communicate entry requirements; Provide referrals for advising on honors curricular and graduation requirements.
  6. Accept, review, and process incoming forms and applications.
  7. Other duties as assigned, including those that fall within your assigned focus area.
Honors Peer Mentor


The Honors Peer Mentor, as part of a team of 6-8 staff, offers general advising about Honors coursework and Experiential Learning primarily to students who have yet to complete 12 semester hours of Honors credit, the coursework component of the University Honors curriculum. This is a paid staff position and generally requires a minimum of 6 hours but the hours can be flexible.

**Preference given to Juniors and Seniors or those who have started their Experiential Learning


  1. Meet with Advising Director weekly and other professional staff as needed to plan and manage key aspects of honors peer advising
    • Scheduling
    • Communication
    • Accountability
    • Content of Mentoring Meetings
  2. Advertise availability for scheduling
  3. Track student attendance at mentoring meetings
  4. Offer weekly walk-in advising on a regular basis
  5. Plan and implement alternative opportunities for mentoring, and track student attendance
    • Daum in-house advising, in consultation with RAs
    • Experiential Learning Fair
  6. Serve as a Student Advisory Group for Honors Advising
  7. Assist with recruitment, selection and training of new Peer Mentors, as needed, in coordination with the Advising Director
  8. Offer hours as third floor desk monitor
    • provide honors students with informal opportunities to interact with a mentor
    • provide honors orientations as needed to new members
    • prepare for peer mentoring appointments by reviewing records and searching honors classes
  9. Other tasks assigned by the Advising Director or mutually determined by the Honors Peer Mentoring Staff
Honors Summer Ambassador

Represent the Honors Program at the University of Iowa's orientation programs scheduled for May 30-July 3, 2018. Share your knowledge and experience with first-year students and their families on all Honors at Iowa opportunities. This position generally requires 4-10 hours per week, and may include the follow times:

Day 1:

  • 10:45-11:30am: Honors Program session for students and parents in the IMU Main Lounge (full staff)
  • 3:15-4:00pm: Honors ambassadors (engineering and business majors only) in the small group rooms with Hawkeye guides and advisors in College of Engineering and Tippie College of Business

Day 2:

  • 12:15-1:30pm: During Information Fair - Honors Program info table in the landing space/ seating area outside the 2nd floor ballroom south entrance. (2-3 ambassadors)
Honors Newsletter Editor

Not currently hiring, but applications will be referenced if a position opens in the coming year. Work with our Advising Director and recruit student writers to contribute to our quarterly newsletter and edit each edition before it's published. This position generally requires 1-5 hours per week.

Honors Newsletter Designer

Not currently hiring, but applications will be referenced if a position opens in the coming year. Work with the Honors Newsletter Editor and our Advising Director to design our quarterly newsletter. This position generally requires 1-5 hours per week.Check out the job description and email if interested:PDF iconHonors Publications Designer 2017.pdf

Honors Anniversary Publications Writer - unique opportunity!


Using a variety of sources and archival materials, the Honors Anniversary Publications Writer will tell the story of the program's 60-year history.

The Publications Writer will work with Honors Program staff and other student writers to develop profiles, articles and publications to celebrate the program’s 60th anniversary, coming up fall 2018. The successful candidate will be a strong writer who is skilled in working both collaboratively and independently.

The Publications Writer will begin meeting with Honors staff on an occasional basis immediately this spring, with the bulk of the research and writing being conducted and completed over the summer and early fall, ahead of the October 6 anniversary celebration. A student with dual interests in nonfiction writing and history would be an excellent fit for this paid student staff position.


  1. In collaboration with Honors Program staff and student writers, research archival sources and conduct interviews.
  2. Work with the University's special collections staff to properly archive new materials gathered in the process of researching the program's history.
  3. Collaborate with Honors Outreach Team to promote awareness of program history through trivia, photos and other features on social media.
  4. Assist with website content updates relating to the program history.
  5. Develop a history booklet or souvenir publication for the anniversary celebration.
  6. Other tasks as assigned by the Honors Advisor.