Become a Mentor

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Graduate Mentors assist with narrowing retention, achievement and graduation gaps between targeted African American, Latino/a, and Native American students and at-risk individuals and the larger student population. GM's help the department realize a vision that creates a culture of student excellence. Becoming a GM is a rewarding way to put your undergraduate experience to work while helping other students’ transition from high school to college life at Illinois. GM's work 10-20 hours per week — including professional development meetings — and have biweekly meetings with students.


GM's may be eligible for assistantships, depending on the college of enrollment.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Applications are accepted year round with employment beginning typically at the start of each semester. To be eligible for a position, you must:

  • Complete an application;
  • Have obtained an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.00 grade point average;
  • Be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Be in good academic standing before and during appointment; and
  • Complete mandatory training

We review applications on a rolling basis and continue to interview applicants until suitable candidates have been identified to fill all available positions. If you have not previously been a Graduate Mentor and are interested in applying for the position, please go to OMSA GM Application.

The application requires:

  • Your letter of interest;
  • The fill-in-the blank application;
  • A copy of your resume; and
  • Three or more reference details

The application must be completed before consideration for an interview will be given.

Please email OMSA at, if you have questions about the position. We look forward to hearing from you.