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.  

Employment applications for the 2021-2022 academic year closed Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. 

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year open Monday, November 22nd and close Tuesday, February 1st. 

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 (or a comparable scholarship) and are offered on an as-needed basis:

Available Positions

Position Summary:

  • 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.


  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 accounts, and/or publish the weekly Honorable Messenger 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.
  8. Specializations for admins include editing/designing the weekly Honorable Messenger e-letter, managing/editing Note to Self Blog, Honors Instagram, Honors Facebook, graphic design, website editing, and more.

Position Summary:

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 an average of 5-8 hours per week, varying across the semester.

**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
    • Group advising
    • Themed "roadshows" in collaboration with honors outreach ambassadors
    • 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 (when not in a pandemic)
    • provide honors students with informal opportunities to interact with a mentor
    • provide honors orientations as needed to new members
  9. Other tasks assigned by the Advising Director or mutually determined by the Honors Peer Mentoring Staff

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. Students interested in WRITING for honors publications should contact the publications advisor holly-yoder@uiowa.edu or current editors sonia-beltz@uiowa.edu or airiana-mohr@uiowa.edu.

Position Summary:

Preparing and editing Honors publications, including but not limited to the Honors Newsletter. Hours per week, variable, 1 to 8.

This student staff member works under the supervision of the Advising Director and in collaboration with the Honors Publications Editor on the following tasks:

  • Assembling photos and captions for every article and securing permission/credit for them, delegating responsibility to the writers where appropriate.

  • Copy/editing pieces before and after they’ve been put into the layout (and making sure they adhere to the University style guide)

  • Writing/compiling 1-2 pieces for each newsletter 

  • Generating ideas for articles with students and professional staff

  • Recruiting other students to write and submit articles and photos for publication

  • Meeting with professional staff about ideas, progress, and deadlines for publication

  • Drafting titles and selecting quotes to highlight the themes of articles

  • Performing other duties as assigned

Necessary Skills & Experience: 

  • Ability to take direction, initiate action, and work in cooperation with the Advising Director and Publications Editor

  • Well-developed writing and editing skills

  • Ability to successfully interact with writers, interview subjects, and Honors professional staff