Joining the STC Team
In February and March of every year, OIT interviews current freshmen who are interested in becoming STCs for the next academic year. If you are currently a freshman and interested in an STC position for the next academic year, please watch the STC web page for information. The interview schedule will be posted on the STC web site. Any freshman can attend any one of the interview sessions regardless of their current residential college.
STC Job Description
Summary of Position
The Student Technology Consultant position merges the accessibility of the Residential Advisor program with OIT's computer expertise. These "Computing Advisors" help solve problems and teach their fellow students new computing skills.
New STCs are expected to attend two evening training sessions in April after being hired. STCs are also required to attend two days of training during the week immediately before move-in weekend. Early arrival is arranged for STCs with the Housing Office. Students participating in OA activities will be unable to become an STC.
Your primary responsibility will be assisting your fellow students with computer questions and problems. In September and October, STCs spend much of their working time solving Dormnet connection problems.
This position offers a number of opportunities for advancement and development of specialized skills. Once the initial rush of Dormnet connections slows down in the Fall, STCs are able to spend quality time with individual students or small groups, teaching them how to make the most of their Dormnet computers.
Required Knowledge and Skills
- good communication skills
- willingness to help fellow students
- general knowledge of Macintosh and Windows software, as well as the Internet, is useful
Note that specific computer training will be provided, so even if you know very little about computers now, you will be fully equipped to help your fellow students by the time you begin work.
While most problems STCs encounter are straightforward, consultants occasionally run into problems that go beyond their level of expertise. The STC program has experienced upperclass STCs and full-time staff as backup to help out with tricky problems.
During September and October, STCs are expected to work 10-20 hours per week. This includes being visible and available during move-in weekend. During the rest of the academic year, STCs work 4-6 hours per week. Time management skills are crucial for keeping up with both job-related and academic work during the first six to eight weeks of the fall semester.
Compensation and Benefits
STCs are paid approximately $1,300 per semester.
Only current freshmen will be considered for new STC positions. All Upperclass STC positions will be filled by current STCs. Students with any major are encouraged to apply.