Undergraduate Tutors

Recruiting for Math Support Center Tutors for the Fall 2024 semester will start late April/early May 2024.  The Tutor position has been posted to Workday.

The job requisition, job posting, application, and hiring processes are all managed centrally in Workday, which is Cornell's human resource, benefit, and payroll application.  This new centralized process offers students a more streamlined, accessible, and efficient means to access and apply for undergraduate job openings on campus and is a central repository for all jobs on campus. 

Jobs are in demand and fill quickly.  If you are being considered for a position, you will initially be contacted by e-mail and may be asked to participate in a brief interview.  Job offers are made each semester. If you are considered for hire, we will send you an initial job offer via e-mail.  After we receive your acceptance, you will be appointed in Workday, which will trigger a formal job offer letter from OHR (Office of Human Resources).  This letter will arrive in your e-mail, and you will be required to acknowledge and accept the OHR letter.  When you receive the initial offer, respond as soon as possible to accept and make sure to submit your acknowledgment of the letter from OHR.  

After your appointment is finalized in Workday, the department will send you a detailed "semester start up notification" which includes additional information on your employment and departmental/position procedures just prior to the start of the semester which you are hired.

Undergraduate Tutors - Math Support Center
Applicants for Undergraduate Tutor positions will work on-site in the Math Support Center (MSC) in Malott Hall. Those with sufficient background to tutor for some of the upper-level math courses are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Conduct one-on-one and small-group tutoring sessions for students on a walk-in basis.
  • You will work specific assigned hours each week.  You will work with the head tutors in creating a schedule that does not conflict with your academic schedule.  The number of hours is flexible (typically 2-8 hours per week) and depends on the interest of the tutor.
  • Attend a one-hour training session at the start of the semester.


  • Solid background in mathematics.
  • Should at minimum be able to help students with material taught in Calculus 1 (Math 1110) and Calculus II (Math 1120 and Math 1910).  
  • Experience or knowledge of either Multivariable Calculus or Linear Algebra is preferred, and those with sufficient background to tutor for some of the upper-level math courses.

Applicants should have a solid and experienced background in mathematics and have successfully completed a math course(s) at Cornell.

How to apply in Workday:

  • Log into Workday or you can access Workday via the Student  Employment page.
  • Under Menu navigate to "Find Student Employment Opportunities".
  • Under View click Find Jobs - Student.
  • Select job and apply for the job posting you are interested.  Make sure to carefully read the job posting description.
  • Upload a copy of your transcript (unofficial is okay) or any other documents.  For the Course Assistant position, please upload a copy of your course schedule (including transcript).
  • Click Next and continue with the questionnaire and then review and submit.  You will receive a confirmation page.  You can review your application at the main page under Menu, Find Student Employment Opportunities, and View My Applications.

Student employees must not work more than 20 hours/week during the academic year.

Including information on Compensation and Paycheck Time Reporting

  • If you have never been a Cornell student employee before, you must complete an I-9 Employment Verification Form within 3 days of your first day of employment, which is completed electronically through Workday.  A paper version of the form can be found at Employment Eligibility Verification - I-9.  Once you are appointed in Workday you will receive an e-mail notification to fill out Section 1 of the electronic I-9 form.  You will have 3 business days from your start date to bring original accepted documents to Heather Peterson in 310 Malott Hall to complete the electronic I-9 process.  Refer to page 3 of the paper version of the form for a list of accepted documents to verify employment.
  • A list of course assignments for Course Assistants/Graders will be provided just prior to the start of the semester with contact information.  CA/Graders and instructors will be in contact to discuss expectations and preferred deadlines. 
  • Graders/CA's will be added to the course in Canvas, which will give you electronic access to the textbook. 

More detailed information will be sent to you upon hire.


The compensation rate starting January 1, 2024 for MSC Tutors is $15.50/hour.  Head Tutors are at an increased rate of $15.90/hour due to additional administrative responsibilities.

Paychecks and Time Reporting

These positions are subject to the Non-exempt Bi-weekly Payroll Calendar.  As a student employee it is important to enter your time daily for accuracy in Workday and submit your weekly time by 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday.  Payroll will issue your paycheck on alternate Thursdays.  To avoid lost, stolen, or delayed paychecks, sign up for Direct Deposit.  Direct deposit is the most efficient, secure, and direct means to receive your pay.  If you do not have direct deposit your paycheck will be sent to the address provided by you through Student Center (Under Contact Information, click the "Home" link to edit your address). 

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Student Employment

If you have any questions about student employment in the Math Department, please email Heather Peterson.