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.

Apply for the 2014-2015  Pearson Student Advisory Board.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2014. Submit your application at: http://psab.pearsonstudents.com/applications/

As a Board member, you'll 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.
  • 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 from June 2014 to June 2015. 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 or employers you have worked with. Please note that once you input a reference’s contact information into our online application, they will receive an automated email message from us with the details they will 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. It is preferable that documents are named using the following specifications:

  • PSAB 13-14_ApplicantLastNameApplicantFirstName_LoR
    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 your qualifications and experiences that make you an ideal candidate for the position. Please name the documents using the following specifications:

  • Name the cover letter PSAB13-14_LastnameFirstname_CL
  • Name the ResumePSAB13-14_LastNameFirstName_Res
    1. Obtain a digital copy of your official or unofficial transcript, or scan a hard copy

    The Pearson Student Advisory Board application requires a copy of your 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. Please name the document using the following specifications:

  • Name the ResumePSAB13-14_LastNameFirstName_Res
    1. Ensure all of your documents are formatted correctly

    While uploading your documents during the application process, please keep in mind that only MS-Word and PDF are acceptable document formats. All materials must be submitted online through our online application by Friday, January 31, 2014. When you have 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 2014-2015  Pearson Student Advisory Board.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2014.  Submit your application at: http://psab.pearsonstudents.com/applications/

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

    Responsibilities
    • 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 2014.
    • 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.
    Qualifications
    • Applicants must be full-time undergraduates during the 2014–2015 academic year, attending classes at a Canadian or U.S. college or university. Distance education or 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 course work by December 2014.
    • Undergraduates at four-year colleges or universities must be in their second, third, or fourth (going on fifth) year by December 2014.
    • Undergraduates must not have plans to study abroad any time during the Board's term (June 2014 - June 2015).
    • 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 2014.
    • 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 August 2014 to June 2015.

    • 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 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. Reveal your character
      2. State why you should be selected for the Pearson Student Advisory Board program
      3. Provide examples to support their statements for 1 & 2
      4. 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?

      After adding their contact information to your application, your reference will receive an automated email providing them with instructions for their letters of recommendation.

      Their final deadline will be 11:59PM Eastern Time on Monday, February 10th.

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

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

      All candidates will be notified of their application status by April 1, 2014.

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

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