Center for Diversity & Inclusion


  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
    Fax: 202-885-1168
    Mary Graydon Center, Room 201 and 202

    Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm

Mailing Address


STEP Assistants aid with the implementation of the Summer Transition Enrichment Program, a seven-week academic and skill-building institute for a select group of incoming first-year students. STEP Assistants serve as leaders, role models, and a support system for the student participants who reside on AU’s campus during the summer.

What are we looking for in a STEP Assistant?
  • A proven record of academic excellence and time management skills
  • Leadership, initiative, and experience programming
  • Strong understanding of professionalism and customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with diverse student populations
  • Willingness and passion for motivating others to act and helping them to positively adapt to new situations
  • Advise STEP students on their transition to college life and being at AU.
  • Coordinate select programs, such as community service / community-based learning projects, community building activities, etc…
  • Promote a unified sense of community among the STEP students by creating and implementing cultural, educational, and social activities both within the residence hall and in Washington, DC.
  • Provide assistance to the Center for Diversity & Inclusion in all aspects of STEP, including, but not limited to roommate mediation, event logistics, and program assessment.
  • Role-model by encouraging a healthy, responsible and well-balanced life-style.
Applicant Qualifications:
  • Enrollment in a degree program at American University
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0  
  • Availability for the 10-week employment period of Monday, June 2 to Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This job has non-traditional hours with the job responsibilities occurring during business hours as well as some evenings.
  • STEP Assistants receive $11.00 per hour and work 35 – 40 hours per week. These hours may include evening and weekend work. All payments are taxable by the federal government. If you are receiving financial aid, please discuss how your aid may be affected with a financial aid counselor prior to applying for and accepting the position.
  • STEP Assistants receive a double-occupancy room on the same residential hall floor as STEP participants. The room is part of the compensation package and paid for only during the 10-week employment period. STEP Assistants live alone but must adhere to the University guest policy and may not host long-term guests in their room. In addition to lodging, the STEP assistant rooms serves as “office space” for the STEP assistants’ one-on-one advising meetings with students.
Application timeline:

All applicants must submit an online application.

  • February 3, 2014 by 11:59 PM: Application deadline
  • February 5 – 19, 2014: In-Person / Skype Interviews - Students selected for an interview must prepare a 5 – 10 minute presentation that addresses the short answers submitted as well as additional insights on why they are a strong candidate for the position. The interview committee consists of select university administrators.
  • February 21, 2014 by 5 PM: Applicants notified of status

By submitting an application for this position, you agree to fully understanding and accepting the following expectations:

  • You will attend and fully participate in all training programs.
  • You will avoid additional commitments which conflict with work duties.
  • You will reside in your assigned room on the STEP residence hall floor. No exceptions.
  • You will work productively, individually, and collaboratively with fellow team members.
  • You will value diversity and demonstrate a strong understanding of STEP, its purpose, and your role in the program.
  • You will be flexible and positively adapt to new situations and people.
  • You will maintain the confidentiality of program participants.
Questions, comments or concerns?

Contact the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at 202-885-3651,, or visit us in the Mary Graydon Center Rooms 201 or 202.



Learn more about the STEP Assistant Position

You can learn more about this position at the following events:
  • Campus Life Summer Job Information Sessions: January 21, 2014 at 1:00pm in Letts Formal Lounge; January 22, 2014 at 6:00pm in McDowell Formal Lounge
  • Look for the Campus Life Summer Job table at the Spring Involvement Fair: January 24, 2014 from 4 - 6pm in Mary Graydon Center 2-5

Past STEP Assistants


  • Herman Marigny, Kogod School of Business
  • Salina Rivera, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Cheria Funches, School of Public Affairs
  • Christina Khan, School of Public Affairs
  • Courtney Taylor, School of Public Affairs


  • Christal Jerez, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Aline Matias, School of Public Affairs
  • Shamar Walters, School of Communication


  • Michelle Guzman, School of Communication
  • Shriyan Gunasekera, Kogod School of Business

STEP Assistants in the news

STEP Assistants

The 2012 STEP Assistant Team discusses the importance of the program and its contribution to campus in this Campus Life feature article.

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