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Remember all of the questions you had as you were applying and preparing to go abroad? You can help future study abroad students who have the same questions! The Global Education hires paid Peer Advisors and maintains a list of volunteer Student Ambassadors who serve as resources for prospective study abroad students.

Peer Advisor Application
Student Ambassador Application Form

Peer Advisor Job Description

As a PA, you will frequently be talking to students whether at events or via email. As a representative of the Global Education Office, you should be informed and enthusiastic about all of our programs. Peer Advisors must represent all of our programs (not just the one you went on!) and be creative about getting students to go abroad.

The hours are mostly between 8 and 5, but will also require some evening and weekend work, for a total of 4-5 hours per week. We will hire students for 1 semester with the possibility of staying on for a second semester. Students may be work study or non-work study. $8/hr.

  • Hold regular "office hours" at GEO each week to answer student questions and assist with office tasks
  • Staff Study Abroad Information Fairs, Student Organization Fair table, Parents Weekend Panel Discussion, other informational sessions
  • Help organize and lead returnee/prospective sessions
  • Create and present a segment of the General Pre-Departure
  • Attend program specific pre-departure Sessions to answer student questions about life abroad
  • Input ideas and create publicity, i.e. advertisements, flyers, etc.
  • Attend a training session
  • Assist Office staff as needed with additional tasks

Student Ambassador Job Description

Student ambassadors are study abroad returnees who volunteer to share their email address with prospective students. There are no set hours and no time commitments - you just have to be willing to answer a student's questions if you are emailed. GEO may also contact you to see if you would be willing to help out at any of our study abroad fairs. This is a simple position that looks great on a resume!

Interviews

All finalists for the Peer Advisor position will receive an email to schedule an interview. Informal interviews will be held in 15-minute blocks in room 109 of the Student Life Center.

Application

Decisions are usually made about Peer Advisors in late August and December. The application will be posted as we approach the next application cycle. Direct inquiries to: geo@vanderbilt.edu.