Community Assistant Application Information

  • Overview

    The Community Assistant (CA) is instrumental in creating engaging, safe, and positive communities in our residence halls. CAs are tasked with being peer mentors to their residents and assist with several types of scenarios in our residence halls. Check out one of our interest sessions below to learn more!


    In order to be eligible for a CA position you must:

    • Have lived on campus for one academic year (two semesters) by the 2019–20 school year
    • Be an IUP student for the entire 2019–-20 school year 
    • Be in good judicial standing with the university
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Be able to devote 20 hours a week to the position
    • You must attend and complete summer training (begin date in the middle of August).

    Your Timeline


    Work on your essay!

    • Open a blank Word document, and save it as “LastName.FirstName.Essay.doc” (i.e., Doe.Jane.Essays.doc).
    • Type your first and last name in the first line of the document.
    • In 500 words maximum, using 12 point Times New Roman Font, double space, 1" margins answer the below question:
      “Why do you want to be a Community Assistant?”

    Please use the below as guiding questions to give an honest response where readers get a sense of who you are:

      • How do you see being a CA as changing the way you interact with others on IUP’s campus?
      • What would be the hardest part of the CA job, and why would it challenge you?
      • In what ways does being a CA connect to your future plans (i.e., career aspirations, personal goals, summer internship possibilities, etc.)?
    • Double check for spelling and grammar.
    • Save the Word document.

    November 1: 

    Applications are now live—apply now!

    January 11 at 11:59 p.m.

    Application due

    Late January

    Invitation to interview sent out via IUP email

    February 9

    Interviews, by invitation

    Early March

    Community Assistant Placement Process (CAPP) begins, by invitation

    CA interest Sessions

    Learn about the process and hear from current CAs—all in Wallwork G98. All optional, and all will have the same information.

    • Thursday, October 18, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 23, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, November 1, 9:00–10:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, November 14, 8:00–9:00 p.m.


    What are you looking for in a CA?

    Someone who is unapologetically themselves who has a real passion for helping others.

    How many CAs do you hire each year?

    It depends on the year. We strive to have our CA numbers mirror the occupancy for that upcoming academic year.

    Do you take into account if we are in Residence Hall Council or an office worker?

    Certainly! We look at your entire application, and we take into consideration any type of leadership experience you have.

    Wait, what is CAPP?

    The CA Placement Process is a three-week group interview in which participants work with each other to show their critical thinking skills, ability to work as a team, and creative problem solving

    When will I hear back about my applications, interview, or participation in CAPP?

    As soon as possible. Please be patient, as we are reading several documents each from multiple applicants.

    Do you take community preferences into account when placing CAs?

    Yes, though it is one of many factors when determining who goes to which staff.

    Do I need a reference?

    Nope! We do not need names for references due to the high volume of applicants.

    For any other questions, please email