How to apply to become a PCA

Applications are accepted:

  • In mid-fall semester
  • From first-year and sophomore students 
  • To begin paid training in spring semester 
  • To serve as trained PCAs during the following academic year. 

Details below, including qualifications, time commitment, how to apply.


  • Must be a first-year student or sophomore, in any major.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Time commitment detailed below.
  • Interest in helping Virginia Tech students with career and job search concerns.
  • Ability to relate and interact with individuals both one-on-one and in group situations.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Take initiative and follow through on necessary details.
  • Demonstrate professional communication when working with supervisors, co-workers and students.
  • Willingness to work in a team setting and build rapport with other PCAs and the Career and Porfessional Development staff.
Many of our PCAs have worked with us until graduation!

Time commitment:

  • Three semesters: 
    • Paid training in spring 2018, 3-4 hours per week during hours of noon-3:00 pm.
    • Work the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 hours per week. [Most of our PCAs continue to work through senior year, although this is not required.]
  • Attendance at extended training in January 2018 and August 2018.
  • Attend weekly hour-long PCA meetings on Friday mornings.
  • Availability during some weekend and evening hours for events and presentations.
  • If you have future plans for study abroad or other short-term opportunities, feel free to talk to us.

Is the position paid?

  • Yes. The position is paid an hourly rate. Candidates will be informed of the hourly rate during the application process.
  • This is eligible for Work-Study funding; but the program is not limited to Work-Study students.
  • PCAs are welcome to attend the fall etiquette dinner free of charge.

Is academic credit possible?

  • Academic credit can only be granted by your academic department, so you must consult your academic department on its policies and procedures if you wish to earn academic credit. If that is allowed by your academic department, the PCA program coordinator in Career and Professional Development will work with you to help you meet the requirements of your department.

Fall application timing and info session:

  • We recruit PCAs during fall semester to begin training in spring semester.
  • Applications will be accepted from Oct. 16-30, 2017.
  • Info session for interested students: Wed. Oct. 25, 2017, 4:30-5:00 pm.
    Open house before: stop by and ask questions 4:00-4:30pm.
    Location: Smith Career Center, Room A [1st floor]

Application process and deadline:

For students who would begin as PCAs in spring 2018:


  1. Completed application. Form includes details and instructions. Download application form [.docx], open, complete and save your downloaded form.
  2. Resume. We strongly encourage you to use our resume guide.
  3. Cover letter. Please use our cover letter guide.


  • Mon. Oct. 30, 2017, 5:00 pm, in the Smith Career Center.
  • Note our office closes at 5:00 pm sharp.

Interviews and selection: 

  • Applicants selected for interviews will have a 30-minute interview, scheduled to occur on one of these dates: Nov. 7, 8, or 9, 2017.
  • After interviews, offers will be made before Thanksgiving break.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a PCA!

Contact for questions about the PCA program:
Ms. Liz Wilson
Assistant Director