Become an AEW Facilitator

Information for Prospective Facilitators

Facilitator (noun): leader, coach, mentor, teacher  

If you can see yourself in this role, consider becoming part of the "quiet revolution" that is changing the way we go about learning and teaching here in Cornell Engineering.

Applying to Become a Facilitator

Applications for the Fall 2024 semester are now open. Apply here!

A Qualtrics eligibility survey and a Workday application both must be completed to be considered. Contact ELI at with questions. 

Hiring Cycle:

TermsApplications OpenInterviews BeginPositions Announced
FallLate MarchMid-AprilLate May to June
SpringMid-OctoberEarly NovemberLate December to January

Interviews for open positions will continue as needed until positions are filled for the term.

Consider applying to be an AEW facilitator with Engineering Learning Initiatives (ELI)!

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In addition to helping students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for course material, I have developed a higher proficiency in the material and gained some invaluable skills that include presentation, facilitation, and leadership.

— Emily Care, 5 semester AEW facilitator, Cornell Chemical Engineering ‘21

Who Are Facilitators and What Do They Do? 

Facilitators are engineering sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have mastered the course material in core courses and wish to help their peers succeed. They typically facilitate one workshop per semester, receiving pay through Engineering Learning Initiatives. 

In addition to preparing for and conducting the workshops, facilitators participate in ongoing training in areas such as communication, active learning techniques, group dynamics, and teaching in a diverse classroom. They also undergo a midterm evaluation process, through which students provide feedback on their workshop strategies. These training and evaluation processes equip facilitators with tools to create quality collaborative learning environments in their workshops and to continually improve their methods based on student feedback and staff mentoring. 

Facilitators report positive experiences—fun, rewarding, professionally valuable, even life-changing. 

Co-facilitation: More Brains, More Support 

One of the factors in creating rewarding experiences for our facilitators has been the use of co-facilitation. Each workshop is led by two undergraduate facilitators, who share in the tasks of preparing materials for the workshops, leading the workshop sessions, responding to student questions, and facilitating teamwork among their students. The co-facilitation model provides a safety net for first-timers, allowing them to try new techniques and get feedback from supportive peers.

Nuts -n- Bolts

  • Facilitators must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a grade of B+ or higher in the course they would like to facilitate is strongly preferred.
  • Workshops meet once a week for 2 hours.
  • Facilitators participate in training sessions at the outset of the term, and approximately twice per month throughout the semester.
  • Facilitators are paid for their time leading the workshops, preparing materials, and participating in training sessions: approximately 6 hours per week + trainings. 


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