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Commuter Assistants (CAs)

Commuter Assistants are knowledgeable upperclass students who serve as a source of support for new undergraduate commuters. Students can contact CAs with questions about everything from getting involved on campus to managing time. Each new freshman and transfer student is assigned a Commuter Assistant – any new undergraduate student who doesn’t know his/her commuter assistant can contact Commuter Student Services for that information.

The Commuter Assistant Program is designed to match first year commuter students with an upperclass commuter student who will provide guidance and support while ensuring that commuters have the opportunity to meet each other and learn through fun and educational programming. Our belief is that the ideal person to help a new student adjust to NYU is a fellow student who understands what it's like to be a new commuter.


  • Ensure that commuters feel a sense of belonging on campus;
  • Provide commuters with peer guidance;
  • Provide commuters with opportunities to meet each other; and
  • Ensure that commuters are aware of relevant services on and off-campus.


  • Serving as a role model and mentor to a group of commuter students
  • Send a weekly email to students informing them about on and off-campus events and inviting them to conact you.
  • Hold bi-weekly office hours so students can meet with you in person.
  • Fulfill two programming hours per month, in a variety of different commuter-specific programs.
  • Conduct Welcome Week programming prior to the fall semester.
  • Contribute one article to the Commuter Circular per semester.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and bi-weekly 1-on-1 meetings with supervisor.
  • Assist with Student Resource Center event as needed, including Commuter Preview Day,Commuter Appreciation Week, and OCSC or Commuter
  • Circle events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Coordinators and Graduate Assistants.

Mandatory Training August 24-28, 2009 and January 14-15, 2010


  • Possess a sense of maturity and good judgment, sensitivity, and understanding of the needs of commuter students and diverse student populations;
  • Maintain good academic standing and be a full-time (minimum of 12 credits) registered commuter sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the start of the Fall 2009 semester;
  • Possess good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing at New York University prior to and throughout the period of employment;
  • Demonstrate commitment to and involvement in NYU student life and
  • Be available to attend weekly staff meetings, maintain weekly office hours, coordinate evening and/or afternoon programming, and devote approximately 16-20 hours per month to the Commuter Assistant program;
  • Be able to commit to serve for at least 1 full year.


  • Leadership and community building experience
  • Stipend and additional compensation


What is the hiring process?
Everyone who is interested MUST fill out an online application in its entirety. We want to hear from you about what you’ve done on campus, what needs commuter students might have, and any programming ideas.
We will then invite you to attend a group interview. You may also be asked to attend a personal interview.

When will we find out whether we’ve been accepted or not?
Applications are due Friday, March 13, 2009. Candidate group interviews will then be scheduled for either March 24th or 25th. Individual interviews will be scheduled for some students later in March and final decisions will be made in by March 27th, 2009.

If I applied last year may I apply again? Or if I’m not accepted this year, can I reapply?

Yes, certainly.

I am graduating in December 2009—can I still be a CA?
Unfortunately, only students who can work for the entire 2009-2010 academic year can serve as CAs.

What will be covered in training?
Training will cover roles and responsibilities; leadership; programming; what we know about commuter students; talking to students; topics such as time management, stress, wellness, etc., as you may encounter these issues while working with students!

When is training? How long will the day be?
Training will take place Monday August 24 - Friday August 28 from 9am-6pm—with a break of course. We will also have a training before the spring semester on January 14-15. There will be fun activities as well, not just work!

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