CUNY/311 Project

The CUNY/311 Project, is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and the City University of New York, provides qualified CUNY students with the opportunity to work as part-time Student Call Takers within New York City's Customer Contact Center.

311 provides New Yorkers with one easy-to-remember number to access all City agencies and services. The CUNY 311 Project provides human resource support for CUNY students referred from CUNY campuses. CUNY 311 Project support staff recruits, hires students, monitors on-site performance, and administers payroll.


Student Call Takers will work within the 311 Contact Center to perform the following tasks:

  • Answer incoming calls within the 24-hour/7-day/week operation in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Maintain customer satisfaction.
  • Identify customers' needs and assist accordingly.
  • Enter call data into a computerized tracking system.
  • Perform routine clerical work such as copying, filing and faxing as needed.
  • Collaborate with DoITT and CUNY Program staff as needed.


To become a Call Taker, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently a student in good standing at a City University of New York college.
  • Undergraduate students, at time of application, must be a 2nd semester freshman and hold a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and maintain enrollment in at least 6 credits while working as Call Takers.
  • Graduate students, at time of application, must have completed minimum of 6 credits, hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and maintain enrollment in at least 3 credits while working as a Call Taker.
  • Be available 18 hours per week for three 6 hour shifts.
  • Have strong computer skills and be proficient with Internet.
  • Have excellent telephone etiquette and communication skills.
  • Be proficient in English; bilingual Spanish a plus.
  • Have strong reading and writing skills.
  • Attend a mandatory new hire employee training (three weeks in length) and attend on the job trainings as needed
  • Only students with strong attendance and punctuality skills should apply.

Rate of Pay

Part-time CUNY 311 Call Takers are paid at the following rates:

  • Undergraduate students at $10.98 per hour.
  • Graduate students at $12.98 per hour.

Students will be eligible for a $1/hour raise after the completion of 6 months of employment based on performance indicators.

Flexible Work Schedules

Students will be selected based upon scheduling and shift needs within the 311 Call Center. Generally, students will be scheduled to work one 6-hour weekend shift and two 6-hour shifts during the week to accumulate 18 hours per week.  Some students will be scheduled to work two 6-hour shifts to accumulate 12 hours per week. Applicants will be required to provide a schedule of availability.

To Apply

Screening for 311 Student Call Takers begins on-campus at the office/department listed below for each campus. Interested students should contact the office/department on their campus for more information or to submit an application. The student application process is approximately 3 months in length. Do not call the RF-CUNY Central Office to inquire about this position. Interested candidates must begin the screening process through their designated CUNY 311 campus contact. 


CUNY 311 Call Center Campus Contacts

Baruch College

Career Development Center

School of Public Affairs, Career Services Office

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Center for Career Development

Bronx Community College

Career Development Office

Brooklyn College

Magner Center for Career Development and Internships

City College of New York

Career Center

CUNY Graduate Center

Office of Financial Aid

Hostos Community College

Career and Transfer Center

Hunter College

Career Development Services

John Jay College

Career Development Services

Kingsborough Community College

Career Development Placement and Transfer Office

CUNY School of Law

Career Planning Office

LaGuardia Community College

Academic Affairs Office

Lehman College

Career Services Center

Medgar Evers College

Career Management Services

CUNY Medical School

Office of Administration

New York City College of Technology

Placement Office

Queens College

Career Development and Internships

Queensborough Community College

Career Services

School of Professional Studies

Career Services

College of Staten Island

Career Placement, Scholarships and Awards

York College

Office of Career Services

Guttman Community College

Office of Partnerships and & Community Engagement

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