Students: Work for Apple From Your Dorm Room and Make $11.50/Hour

Updated September 29, 2016
by Lisa Rowan
Writer and Producer
AppleCare College Program

Are you a tech wizard? Do you enjoy helping others solve problems with their computers or phones?

If so, and you’re a college student with a side of tech savvy, Apple wants to hire you for a flexible, work-from-home job.

Apple is hiring students from 13 universities around the country for flexible positions in the AppleCare College Program.

You’ll need good grades and a willingness to learn the ins and outs of various Apple products in order to get this gig. But once you do? It’s sweatpants and hoodies on the couch all day.

Oh, plus working hard and making good money.

This College Gig Isn’t Easy to Get, But It’s Awesome

This isn’t any old college job. Applicants must be enrolled at one of the selected schools for at least two semesters and have at least a 2.7 GPA.

The application process may include multiple interviews, and there’s a background check. You will need high-speed internet and a quiet place to take customer calls.

If you’re hired, you’ll complete a seven-week training program, ranging between 20 and 40 hours per week, depending on when you get hired (if your start date is over a holiday break, expect to put in 40 training hours per week).

Right now, the AppleCare College Program is hiring at:

  • University of Utah
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Arizona
  • Arizona State University
  • Florida A&M
  • University of Georgia
  • Georgia State
  • California State
  • Colorado State
  • Auburn
  • Clemson
  • Indiana University

The Perks of Working for the AppleCare College Program

If you make the grade, the AppleCare College Program offers great perks.

You plan your own work-from-home, 20 hour-per-week schedule, although you should expect to work 40 hours per week when you’re on winter or summer break. You can get health insurance, paid time off, major discounts on tech products and plenty of Apple swag.

Tuition reimbursement is available to students working in the AppleCare College Program, but classes must be applicable to the work you do for Apple. Sorry, your art-history class probably does not apply; neither does that one-credit badminton class you’re taking for your gym requirement.

Florida State University communications major Cali Calta previously worked in the AppleCare College Program troubleshooting customers’ iPhone issues. Being able to work from home was a major plus for her.

“Even a 10-minute drive to work is time away from what you’re doing,” she said. “I could do [school] work up to one minute before my shift.”

Calta reported earning a starting pay of $11.50 per hour, and said all AppleCare student representatives had to work one weekend day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) each week.

During her employment, she snagged a GoPro camera for 40% off and enjoyed a half-off discount on Beats headphones; the latter made great gifts. She also received 200GB of iCloud storage, absolutely free.

This was Calta’s first virtual position, and she noted how different it was from in-person service jobs she’d had in the past. But “the experience is great in itself, to work for Apple.” she said. “It felt good to solve issues and get feedback. My communication skills have definitely improved.”

Not in college? You can still work from home for Apple.

Your Turn: Do you attend one of the colleges where Apple is hiring? Will you apply?

Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer for The Penny Hoarder.

by Lisa Rowan
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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