Get involved and change the way the world learns! Work with an exceptional team of fellow college students from across North America to help shape Pearson, the world's leading learning company. Meet the current members of the Pearson Student Advisory Board.

The 2015-2016 Pearson Student Advisory Board application will open on Monday, November 10, 2014. Mark your calendar! The Application Portal at http://psab.pearsonstudents.com/applications will be going live!

As a Board member, you will have:

  • Face-to-face brainstorming sessions with senior Pearson executives regarding challenges and opportunities in the education marketplace.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with other smart, ambitious students to make a lasting, positive difference in the educational experience of your peers and the world at large.
  • Résumé-building, real world experience — before graduation.
  • Travel opportunities during the term of service. Locations visited by PSAB members to complete their assignments have included Boston, NYC, San Francisco, and Miami.
  • New friends and a network of like-minded student leaders
  • A $1,000 stipend and complimentary copies of Pearson textbooks and learning products like MyMathLab.

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About the Program

Pearson is seeking bright, motivated undergraduates to become members of the Pearson Student Advisory Board (PSAB) from June 2015 to June 2016. The Board is comprised of passionate learners and student leaders seeking to implement change and impact college classrooms across the country.

Current board members work directly with Pearson executives and product development teams to make tangible changes to products, services that in turn affect student success. Some example projects include: evaluating the use of mobile devices in the classroom; the integration of social media into our products and student engagement, and the evolution of games as learning tools.

Make a difference and represent the student voice in education. Apply for the Pearson Student Advisory Board today.

"Being a part of the PSAB was an invaluable experience for me. I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people including Pearson employees and my fellow board members. I met so many people who are just as passionate about education as I am. I was given the opportunity to partner and collaborate on projects which allowed my voice to be heard and for that I am grateful."

— Kyshira Moffett, Hampton University

"As a PSAB member, I enriched the learning and engagement of students, and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and skills in areas such as marketing and communications."

— Jennifer Nurse, Brock University
How to Apply

All students interested in applying for the Pearson Student Advisory Board must complete the online application. Apply online now by following this link: http://psab.pearsonstudents.com/applications/

We recommend taking the time to complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Identify your references

The Pearson Student Advisory Board application requires two letters of recommendation from either faculty members with whom you've worked or employers. Please note that when you submit a reference's contact information via our online application, they will receive an automated email from us with the details they'll need to write their letter.

It is your responsibility to contact your references prior to applying to ensure they are both willing and able to submit the required materials by the application deadline. Your application is not considered complete until we receive both of your letters of recommendation. Your references can email their Word document directly to Andrea Shaw, Director of Student Programs, at andrea.shaw@pearson.com, if they prefer.

  1. Draft a resume and cover letter

Both a resume and a cover letter are required for the Pearson Student Advisory Board application. Be sure to highlight the qualifications and experiences that make you an ideal candidate for the position.

  1. Obtain your transcript

The Pearson Student Advisory Board application requires a copy of your official or unofficial transcript before your application can be considered complete. Both official and unofficial transcripts are acceptable for submission. You will need to obtain a digital copy or scan a hard copy of your transcript to submit through our online application.

  1. Ensure all of your documents are formatted correctly

When preparing your documents for the application process, please keep in mind that only MS-Word and PDF are acceptable formats. All materials must be submitted through our online application by Monday, February 9, 2015. After you've taken the time to ensure that you have all of the necessary materials for the online application and have formatted them correctly, proceed to the online application.

Apply for the 2015-2016 Pearson Student Advisory Board. Deadline for applications is Monday, February 9, 2015.

Please contact studentrelations@pearson.com for any questions or concerns.

Responsibilities
  • Directly communicate with Pearson's senior executives about college students' concerns and needs.
  • Work with product and marketing managers to influence the direction of existing and future digital product models.
  • Develop and execute committee projects based on the Board members’ interests and strengths. Programs executed by previous and current Board members include Pearson Prize, Pearson Free Agent, Pearson Campus Ambassador, Pearson Foundation Student Sustainability Summit, Pearson Education page on Facebook.
  • Attend the Pearson Student Leadership Summit during the summer of 2015.
  • Travel on an as-needed basis. (To accommodate your schedule, travel is limited to weekends, winter and spring breaks, and summer.) Pearson will absorb costs of travel including airfare, hotel and daily food allowances.
  • Time commitment averages 2-5 hours per week, remotely from your campus or home.
Qualifications
  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduates during the 2015-2016 academic year, attending classes at a Canadian or U.S. college or university and having permission to work in the US or Canada. Distance education and online students are welcome to apply.
  • Undergraduates must have permission to work in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Undergraduates at two-year colleges must have successfully completed at least one year of coursework by December 2015.
  • Undergraduates at four-year colleges or universities must be in their first, second, third, or fourth (going on fifth) year by December 2015.
  • Undergraduates must not have plans to study abroad any time during the Board's term (June 2015–June 2016).
  • All undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Family members of Pearson employees are not eligible.
Desired Qualifications
  • Proven leadership and analytical skills.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated team player.
  • Passion for making a difference and impacting the future of global minds.
  • Eagerness for learning and helping others learn.
  • Ability to tap into a wide network of students.
  • Reputation for being a creative thinker and problem solver.
Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTIONS

ANSWERS

  • What is the Pearson Student Advisory Board (PSAB)?

    The PSAB program brings together exceptional students from across North America to work with Pearson executives and product development teams to shape the way the world learns. As Board members, students are given the unique opportunity to impact Pearson's global digital product development efforts.

    Current board members work directly with Pearson executives to make tangible changes to their learning materials on such issues as the use of mobile devices in the classroom, the integration of social media in learning materials, and the evolution of games as learning tools.

    Represent a student voice for the world's largest learning company and apply for the Pearson Student Advisory Board today.

  • What are the responsibilities of PSAB members?

  • Directly communicate with senior Pearson executives about college students' concerns and needs.
  • Work with product and marketing managers to influence the direction of existing and future digital product models.
  • Develop and execute committee projects based on the Board members' interests and strengths. Programs executed by previous and current Board members include Pearson Prize, Pearson Free Agent, Pearson Campus Ambassador, Pearson Foundation Student Sustainability Summit, Pearson Education page on Facebook.
  • Attend the Pearson Student Leadership Summit during the summer of 2015.
  • Travel on an as-needed basis. (We accommodate your schedule as travel is limited to weekends, winter and spring breaks, and summer.) Pearson will absorb costs of travel including air fare, hotel and daily food allowances.
  • Time commitment averages 2- 5 hours per week, remotely from your campus or home.
  • Is there any travel required for the PSAB?

    Yes. Travel is required on an as-needed basis, and all the expenses are paid by Pearson. In the past, PSAB members have traveled an average of about 7-10 days per year on four different trips. We try our best to schedule any necessary meetings and travel on the weekends or during breaks from school so that our members do not have to miss out on class time. In the past, PSAB members have traveled to cities like Boston, New York, San Diego, and Orlando.

  • How long does each PSAB work with Pearson?

    Each Board works with us for one academic year. We typically have our first meeting in August before the school year begins. This is not a summer internship program, and the commitment will be from June 2015 to June 2016.

  • Are the PSAB members compensated?

    Yes. Each PSAB member receives a stipend of $1000 for his/her work with Pearson. This stipend is split into two $500 checks which are mailed out in the fall and spring.

    Each student also receives complimentary copies of any Pearson books that s/he needs for classes during his/her term as a Board member.

  • What are some examples of different projects or programs that previous Board members have initiated or worked on?
  • How does the Board keep in touch throughout the year?

    PSAB members use weekly conference calls, along with a private Pearson social network and private Facebook page to communicate with each other and with Pearson employees throughout the year.

  • Is Pearson looking for students from specific majors?

    No. We encourage students from all majors and educational backgrounds to apply.

  • Are all students eligible for a PSAB position?

    The PSAB is only open to full-time undergraduate students who are attending courses at a US or Canadian college or university.. Undergraduates must have permission to work in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants must not have plans to study abroad during their term on the PSAB. Family members of Pearson employees are not eligible.

    Undergraduates at two-year colleges must be in their first or second year at the time of application. Undergraduates at four-year colleges must be in their first, second, third, or fourth (going on fifth) year at the time of application. All undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply.

  • How do I apply to become a PSAB member?

    Please see the "How to Apply" section, above.

  • Are there guidelines that my professor/employer should follow in writing my recommendations?

    In general, your recommendations should:

    1. Tell us how they know you and for how long
    2. Reveal your character and what differentiates you from other students
    3. State why you should be selected for the Pearson Student Advisory Board program; what are your strengths and what would you contribute?
    4. Provide examples to support their statements for 1 & 2
    5. Be no longer than 500 words
  • My professor/employer wants to send in his letter of recommendation her/himself. How should s/he do this?

    When you submit their contact information during the online application process, your reference will receive an automated email providing them with instructions for their letter of recommendation. Your reference can also send their letter of recommendation in a Word file directly to Andrea Shaw, Director of Student Programs, at andrea.shaw@pearson.com.

    The final deadline to receive letters of recommendation will be 11:59PM Eastern Time on Monday, February 16, 2015.

    The email will provide them with login credentials to the Reference Portal in order to submit their recommendation.

  • I've submitted my application materials. Now what do I do?

    All candidates will be notified of their application status by April 1, 2015. Please be sure to confirm that your reference has submitted their letter of recommendation. Your application is not considered complete until they do so.

    Due to the number of applicants we are unable to confirm receipt of individual applications.

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