Peer Advising

Peer advising is a valued component of Berkeley Study Abroad (BSA) services. See below for the Peer Advising job description and application procedures.


Peer Adviser overview

Berkeley Study Abroad (BSA) is hiring for student Peer Advisers to assist with study abroad advising, outreach and office duties for BSA. Reporting to the Assistant Director and the Peer Adviser Coordinator, Peer Advisers devote their time to advising and outreach activities, along with assisting with office assistant duties. Pay rate is $13.75 per hour.

Peer Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

• Advise students on the various study abroad options available to Berkeley students
• Participate in BSA presentations, orientations, alumni reunions, and special events
• Contribute study abroad profiles, photos, videos, and other materials to BSA
• Recruit and coordinate study abroad alumni and visiting international students for BSA activities
• Schedule and conduct classroom announcements
• Create and maintain office and campus displays
• Greet and assist visitors at the front counter and refer them to the appropriate resources
• Answer phones
• Data entry
• Assist with special events and outreach
• Help to collect applications materials, setup and maintain applicants' files and copy and coordinate required student documents

Peer Adviser Eligibility criteria:

• Preference given to students with work-study eligibility
• UC Berkeley student
• Ability to commit minimum 10 hours per week, primarily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M/Tu/W/Th/F for both Fall and Spring Semester
• Flexible schedule to work variable hours, including evenings and weekends
• Keen interest in performance of advising and outreach activities and demonstrated skill in presentations and public speaking
• Previous office experience, customer service skills, computer skills, and experience in an international setting
• Available for a Skype or in-person interview between July 23-27, 2018.
• Available to begin the position by attending mandatory in-person training sessions on Monday and Tuesday, August 20-21, 2018

• Students volunteering as Golden Bear Orientation leaders are not eligible to apply.

Time commitment:

• Academic year (mid-August to mid-May) commitment required.

How to apply

Submit an online application along with a resume and answers to the essay questions below by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Essay Questions:

The responses to these essay questions will be uploaded as a single pdf to the online application.

Each response should be limited to 300 words or less.

• This position will require you to advise prospective study abroad students and conduct outreach to students and campus departments. Please describe any experiences you have in these areas. If these would be new activities for you, what in your prior experience has prepared you for this position?

• Talk about your experiences abroad. How would you explain to an employer/classmate the benefits of this experience?

• Can you describe your past experience with detail orientated office work?

• Do you have any additional or special skills (e.g. computer, design, editing, etc.) that would lend themselves to this experience?

If you have any questions regarding this application, please email

As a final reminder, applications are due by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Thanks for reading this message!