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What is a STEP Assistant?

STEP Assistants aid with the implementation of the Summer Transition Enrichment Program, an 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
  • Previous STEP experience is NOT REQUIRED!


  • 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 during June-August 2021. This job has non-traditional hours with the job responsibilities occurring during business hours as well as some evenings. Applicants must be available for the full 10-week time period.
  • No prior STEP experience required.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • STEP Assistants receive $15 per hour and work 20 – 25 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.

Application Timeline:

Applications for Summer 2021 available Tuesday January 26th!

Click Here to Apply!

Applications are due on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 by 11:59 PM. Final selections will be made and applicants will be notified on Friday March 5, 2021. 

Be sure to check this page for updates and follow CDI on Facebook to find out more.

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 adhere to the health and safety protocols set forth in compliance with AU and the general COVID-19 precautions
  • You will maintain the confidentiality of program participants.

Questions, comments or concerns?

Contact the Center for Diversity & Inclusion via email at 

Past STEP Assistants


  • Jennie Saldana, School of International Service
  • Esther Jeanty, School of Public Affairs


  • Maria Gramajo, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jaqueline Martinez, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Christina Gee, School of Public Affairs
  • Joshua Dantzler, School of Public Affairs
  • Cynthia Turcios, School of Public Affairs


  • Angela Brown, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Maureen Smith, School of Public Affairs
  • Marifernand (Marifer) Zacarias, School of International Service


  • Sabrina Hernandez, School of Public Affairs
  • Ariana Alves, Kogod School of Business


  • Adrian Simion, Kogod School of Business
  • Aminata Jamina, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Olimar Rivera Noa, School of International Service


  • Jazmin Bess, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tatiana Liang, School of Public Affairs


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

STEP Assistants of 2020

Jennie Saldana and Esther Jeanty

Jennie Saldana and Esther Jeanty served as the 2020 STEP Assistants. 

STEP Assistants of 2019

Maria Gramajo and Jackie Martinez

Jackie Martinez and Maria Gramajo served as 2019 STEP Assistants.

STEP Assistants of 2018

2018 Step Assistants Joshua Dantzler, Cristina Gee, and Cynthia Turcios

Joshua Dantzler, Cristina Gee, and Cynthia Turcios served as the 2018 Step Assistants.

STEP Assistants of 2017

CDI's 2017 STEP Assistants

Angela Brown, Marifernand Zacarias, and Maureen Smith served as STEP Assistants for the STEP 2017 year.