Peer Advising

Berkeley Study Abroad (BSA) has two types of Peer Adviser positions: Peer Advisers, and Peer-To-Career Advisers. See below for job descriptions 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 $12.53 per hour.

Responsibilities:

• 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

Eligibility criteria:

• Work-study eligibility
• 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 interview between July 19-21, 2017.
• Available to begin the position by attending in-person training on Thursday and Friday, August 10-11, 2017. • Available to work during Golden Bear Orientation week. Students volunteering as Golden Bear Orientation leaders are not eligible to apply.

Duration:

• 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 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 14, 2017.

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?

• 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?

• What would you like to accomplish working as a Peer Adviser for Berkeley Study Abroad?

If you have any questions regarding this application, please email studyabroad@berkeley.edu

 

 

Peer-to-Career adviser overview

Berkeley Study Abroad (BSA) is hiring for student Peer to Career Advisers who will be specially trained to support students as they connect their study abroad experience to career development. Peer to Career Advisers will assist with advising, outreach, and project management duties for BSA. Pay rate is $12.53 per hour.

Responsibilities:

• Conduct outreach to encourage students to think about study abroad opportunities as a part of their career planning
• Advise and conduct workshops prior to student's departure and upon student's return to guide them in:

◦ Selecting a study abroad program that meets both academic and career goals
◦ Communicating their international experiences to others in a professional setting (elevator speech, networking events, interviews, etc.)
◦ Incorporating their international experiences on their resume
◦ Connecting to the international community on the Berkeley campus
◦ Using their experiences to contribute to the internationalization of the Berkeley campus
◦ Navigating cultural differences in various professional, personal, and academic settings


• Participate in BSA presentations, orientations, alumni reunions, and special events
• Contribute study abroad profiles, photos, videos, and other materials to BSA
• Greet and assist visitors at the front counter and refer them to the appropriate resources
• Hold regular office hours
• Support BSA staff as needed

Eligibility criteria:

• Berkeley Student
• Experience studying or working in an international setting
• Interest in advising and conducting outreach related to study abroad and career development
• Good communication and presentation skills
• Flexible schedule to work variable hours, including evenings and weekends
• Preference is given to students with previous work/internship experience
• Ability to commit at least 10 hours per week, primarily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F
• Available for a Skype interview between July 19-25, 2017.
• Available to begin the position by attending in-person training on Thursday and Friday, August 10-11, 2017.

Duration:

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

How to apply

Applications for 2017 Peer Adviser positions are currently closed.

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.

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

• 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?

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

• What would you like to accomplish working as a Peer Adviser for Berkeley Study Abroad?

 

If you have any questions regarding this application, please email rkullar@berkeley.edu.