The College of Arts and Sciences is looking for new Peer Advisors for the 2019-20 academic year. If you are looking to get involved on campus and enjoy helping others, a CAS Peer Advisor position is right for you.
Download the application the Peer Advisor Application Packet from the CAS Advising Team Site (to prepare for the Online Application linked below).
The main responsibilities of a CAS Peer Advisor include, but are not limited to: advising freshmen and sophomores (mainly undecided) on course selection, general education requirements, university requirements, and choosing a major; providing references to campus resources; and assisting in pre-registration activities including walk-in appointments, workshops, campus outreach, and preparation for registration clearance. Peer Advisors serve as an additional unit of academic support for CAS undergraduates in the Academic Advising Office.
Before starting your application, please see below for minimum eligibility requirements (including 8-10 hours per week during 2019-20 academic year) and more detailed information about the Peer Advisor Position & Duties.
Application Information & Online Form
Application Preparation & Submission
Applications are due by Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM. Please follow the directions below to correctly submit all materials:
You submit your Online Application including uploaded Resume and uploaded Short Answer Question Responses.
Your Referrers submit one reference using the the Online Referral Form below on your behalf.
Online Application: You are required to submit the application with all basic information. You will not be able to return and edit this form, so be prepared to answer all questions and submit in one sitting. You will also be asked to upload your resume and Short Answer Responses to application form.
Resume: Before uploading your resume with your application, we encourage you to use the AU Career Center Resume resources.
Short Answer Questions: Be sure to review the questions when you download the application. Please type answers in a word document. 250 word maximum per response and submit/upload with your application
*If you have previously applied for the peer advisor position, please contact Asanat Odeyale (email@example.com) for your short answer questions.
References: Two references are required (at least one professional reference; no personal references). All references must be received by the March 1 deadline via the Reference Form.
If you have any questions, please contact the Lead Peer Advisor, Asanat Odeyale at CASPeerAdvisors@american.edu or Tyler Atkins-Mose, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All interested applicants should attend an information session to learn more about the position. Information sessions will be held on:
Tuesday, February 12, 2 PM - 2:30 PM, Terrace Conference Room, Battelle T30
Monday, February 18, 6 PM - 6:60 PM, Battelle 228 (Humanities Lab)
Thursday, February 21, 12 PM - 12:30 PM, Battelle 228 (Humanities Lab)
The current CAS Peer Advisors will be available at each session to answer your questions.
Peer Advisor Position & Duties
The College of Arts and Sciences Peer Advisors serve as an additional unit of academic support for CAS undergraduates in the Academic Advising Office. Peer Advisors provide students with information on academic policies and procedures and make appropriate referrals to campus resources. Peers are given the training necessary to address a variety of student questions and handle sensitive academic issues.
The main responsibilities of a CAS Peer Advisor include, but are not limited to: advising freshmen and sophomores (mainly undecided) on course selection, general education requirements, university requirements, and choosing a major. Peers also assist in pre-registration activities including: walk-ins, workshops, campus outreach, and preparation for registration clearance. Peer Advisors assist students on an appointment and walk-in basis. Peers are responsible for publishing Peer to Peer, an academic blog and connecting with students via social media. During welcome week and admission recruitment, Peers are expected to work with the main advising staff and take part in special advising activities. Peers also help plan other academic programs throughout the year.
To be eligible for the Peer Advisor position you must, at the time of application:
- Have an AU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have 30 or more credits and at least one full year completed at AU as a CAS student*
- Have past leadership experience and/or an interest in counseling/advising
- Be available for training and shadowing during April 2019**
- Have 8-10 hours per week availability for work during the 2019-2020 academic year
- Be able to commit one academic year to the position (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
- Demonstrate sensitivity to student confidentiality and ability to uphold federal guidelines
*Interested first year students will be considered and should contact Asanat Odeyale, Lead Peer Advisor, at email@example.com before applying.
**Students studying abroad Spring 2019 are eligible to apply, special training arrangements can be made.
- Involved in AU campus life and knowledgeable of campus resources and activities
- Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and self-directed
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Experience with public speaking and small group facilitation
- Strong communication and listening skills
- Experience writing blog articles and/or other publications
Commitment, Training, Compensation
Peer Advisors work 8-10 hours per week during the academic year. Most hours are Monday-Friday between 9 am-5 pm, however some evening and weekend hours might be required. Employment begins August 27, 2019 and ends April 27, 2020. Peer Advisors are expected to work the entire 2019-2020 academic year (August 27, 2019-April 27, 2020).
Peer Advisors are required to attend one training session tentatively scheduled on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 11am-1pm. Additionally, peers must complete 4 hours of advisor shadowing in the main Advising Office during the month of September 2019 (shifts are scheduled for 1 hour). On-the-job training will continue throughout the year.
$13.50 per hour; work study is not available at this time.