Become a PILOT Leader

PILOT leaders are students who have mastered the material for the courses they support. They are also dedicated to creating an environment where participants feel comfortable problem solving in front of their peers.

Responsibilities

Leaders must:

  • Develop and maintain a positive and productive relationship among the PILOT group members, focusing on inclusion and consensus building.
  • Empower students to take an active role in their learning process, while still maintaining credibility and influence over the group dynamic.
  • Facilitate weekly problem-solving sessions for groups of 6-12 students. The two-hour sessions are held Monday through Thursday evenings.
  • Attend a mandatory two-hour leader meeting on Sunday afternoons to work through the PILOT problem set with the other leaders who are supporting the course.
  • Commit to leading their group(s) for the duration of the semester.
  • Attend an initial training session before receiving their assignments.
  • Commit to a monthly continued training that is offered twice a month at two different times/days.
  • Maintain current attendance records and to communicate regularly and in a timely manner with the core leadership, their assigned course facilitator, and the PILOT learning director.

Qualifications

Students interested in becoming PILOT leaders must:

  • Be registered undergraduate or graduate students at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have earned an A- in the specific JHU course being tutored. Students with AP credit who have taken a higher-level course and earned at least an A- are also eligible. (Exceptions may be possible on a case-by-case basis).
  • Be able to communicate effectively and have a mature, professional demeanor.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and potential to plan and organize not only themselves but also a group of students.
  • Effectively respect, appreciate, and work with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Maintain consistency, reliability, and integrity in the face of challenge and change.

How to Apply

To apply, complete the online application and submit all required documents, including:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Freshman uncovered grades
  • Résumé

Due to the large volume of applicants, we will only contact you if you meet the qualifications and fit the needs of PILOT.

Your application is reviewed based on:

  • Course performance
  • Tutoring and mentoring experience
  • Quality of essay responses
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Schedule availability

If your application is selected, you will be invited to observe a PILOT learning session. This observation will be followed by a two-way interview with current PILOT leaders. Finally, you will interview with Ariane Kelly.

Our needs and open positions change each year. If you apply and are not hired, please consider applying again another year. With rare exception, PILOT leaders are trained in the fall for the entire year.