Become an Adviser

The DCAC College Adviser Fellowship is a paid, full-time, 10-month position requiring a two-year commitment. Following the College Advising Corps (CAC) near-peer model, advisers are recent college graduates who have graduated within the last two years. College advisers undergo five weeks of full-time paid training and then begin working at their assigned high school or community-based organization in Alameda, Contra Costa, or Santa Clara County. College advisers receive continuous individual support and specialized training throughout the year, including extensive college advising training, graduate school, and career support.  After two years of service, many of our adviser alumni pursue graduate school or careers as school counselors, higher education advisers, educational policymakers, and other social service positions.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide individual support with college and financial aid applications to high school students 
  • Organize events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities
  • Record all student interactions and prepare reports with quantitative and qualitative data
  • Establish productive and strategic relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers to promote college-going culture at the site

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a recent college graduate
  • Commit to a 10-month, two-year term from August 1 through May 31
  • Able to work Monday – Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Proven ability to organize and manage many tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Able to meet deadlines, plan events, and track data consistently
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate effectively with others
  • Ability to relate well with a diverse, high school student population
  • Criminal Background Clearance. (FBI, DOJ, Dru Sjodin)

Preferred Skills

  • Prior experience or genuine interest in working with middle and/or high school students, college access, and outreach programs
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Flexibility, creativity, independence, and accountability
  • Student or customer service experience

Compensation & Benefits

  • $3,500 monthly living allowance for a 10-month term
  • $4,000 End-of-Year Award upon successful completion of the 10-month term of service
  • Nine floating holidays off in addition to all UC holidays
  • A comprehensive benefits package with full health, vision, and dental insurance

More Information

We would love to hear from you and can answer any questions you may have. Please email, Lucy Parada, DCAC Program Manager at annalucina@berkeley.edu to chat about this exciting opportunity!

DCAC Adviser Video

Application Requirements

Resume

Include a copy of your current resume highlighting your professional, academic and student life experiences relevant to this position.

Cover Letter

Include a cover letter that addresses the following topics: (1) your educational journey, (2) what you hope to gain from this fellowship, and (3) how this fellowship connects to your future career goals.

Letter of Recommendation

Share the Recommender Form and request a Letter of Recommendation from the person you select.