There have been numerous reports, as well as  job postings on, that Apple is looking to recruit college students for its college advisor program. Along with the online job listings Apple has been passing out fliers on college campuses.  I’m not sure if this a feather in Apple’s hat or a disaster waiting to happen.

This could be the perfect job for college students who will earn more than $10 per hour working about 16 hours a week during the school year and 40 hours a week during the summer. As a student advisor you won’t be stocking shelves or sweeping the Apple store floor, instead you will be working from home or school providing technical support to customers who call into AppleCare for hardware or software issues.

The perks are almost better than the pay itself as student advisors will receive a free iMac, a flexible schedule and also be eligible for the all important employee discount on Apple products.

To be considered for this position you must be enrolled in college and maintain a 2.7 GPA along with the willingness to help people through their technical challenges. Right now positions are only available at certain universities across the country. These include:

  • Arizona State University
  • California State University-Sacramento
  • Iowa State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • University of New Mexico-Albuquerque
  • University of Utah

Now, this will either depict Apple as brilliant, by giving college students the opportunity to gain real world experience in a corporate environment, or it will blow up in their face with their stellar customer service reputation taking a hit. Apple is extremely selective in who they hire, especially in its retail stores, so I can’t imagine it will be particularly easy to land one of these At-Home Advisor positions. Either way it will be interesting to see what happens when the students start answering the phones.

I’m curious to know whether an TechnoBuffalo readers have or will be applying for these positions. If you have or will let us know, we would love to hear about your experience.