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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. Peers are also trained to support students as they connect their study abroad experience to career development. Reporting to the Assistant Director and the Peer Adviser Coordinator, Peer Advisers devote their time to advising, outreach activities, and assisting with office assistant duties. The pay rate is $15.00 per hour.

Peer Adviser Responsibilities:

• Advise students on the various study abroad options available to Berkeley students
• Encourage students to think about study abroad opportunities as a part of their career planning (selecting a study abroad program that meets both academic and career goals, communicating their international experiences to others in a professional setting, incorporating their international experiences on their resume, etc.)
• Participate in BSA presentations, orientations, alumni reunions, and special events
• Contribute study abroad profiles, photos, videos, and other materials to BSA
• 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 and student inquiries
• Compile, enter, and review students' data and information
• Assist with special events and outreach
• Collect applications materials, setup and maintain applicants' files and copy and coordinate required student documents
• Design newsletters and create as well as manage social media, when needed
• Represent Summer Sessions in welcome receptions, community events, and fairs
• Interact with a diverse range of students (outbound, international, returnee, etc.)
• Other duties as assigned

Peer Adviser Eligibility Criteria:

• 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 an in-person or Zoom interview on Tuesday July 23rd or Wednesday July 24th, 2019.
• Available to begin the position by attending mandatory in-person training sessions on Monday and Tuesday, August 26-27,2019.

• Work-study eligibility (preferred, but not required)
• Students volunteering as Golden Bear Orientation leaders are not eligible to apply.

Time commitment:

• Academic year (late-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 14, 2019.

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


As a final reminder, applications are due by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, July 14, 2019. If you have any questions regarding this application, please email