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How to Apply to be a SAM

PLEASE NOTE: The hiring cycle for the 2020-21 academic year is closed. Please revisit the page in January 2021 for information on how to apply to be a SAM for the 2021-22 academic year.

  1. The SAM Application utilizes JobX, the College's student employment system. (For more, please visit the JobX and Student Employment Information Page.) Here is the application link via JobX.
  2. The deadline for completing the application through JobX is 11:59 p.m. on February 17, 2020.  As part of the online application, you must upload a question form, your resume, and a copy of your unofficial transcript.  All three must be saved in .pdf format before uploading.
  3. The deadline for two letters of recommendation is 11:59 p.m. on February 17, 2020.  The letters must be emailed to  The recommender should discuss what skills and character traits you possess that would make you a good SAM.
  4. Once your application is complete, we will contact you to set up an interview. 
  5. Students serving as a DPA, GA, and SAM will receive compensation comparable to the 2019-20 $2800 stipend. Compensation will be determined via the Spring 2020 College budgeting process for 2020-21 and senior staff review.

NOTE: The system allows you 45 minutes to complete and submit your application. Prepare your supplemental materials before logging into the JobX site!

To apply, complete the following steps:

  1. Select “Student Employees.”
  2. Click “User Dashboard,” at the top of the righthand column.
  3. Log in with your Swarthmore credentials.
  4. Click on “Student Employees” in the top navigation.
  5. Select “Find a Job” from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click “Show All Active Jobs” on the top left of the “Select a Quick Search” box.
  7. Review the disclaimer for on-campus stipend jobs and click “I Agree.”
  8. The Student Academic Mentor position will appear in the “Active Jobs” list. Click the job title.
  9. “Click here to apply for this job” on the top left of the screen.
  10. Read and complete all portions of application, as they contain important information on eligibility, remuneration, dates of employment, spring training, and more.
  11. Some data will be prepopulated into the application from your Banner account. Please review it to make sure it is correct.
  12. Upload the required files.
  13. Be sure to have two letters of recommendation submitted to
  14. Click “Submit.”