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Be a Study Abroad Center Peer Advisor


This page applies ONLY to current undergraduate students at the University of California, Irvine.


Allows you to share your enthusiasm for going abroad?

Increases your knowledge of international opportunities?

Allows you to interact with students, staff and faculty?

Allows you to be innovative and creative?

Allows you to develop new skills and receive professional mentorship?

Looks great on a resume and makes you more competitive for the job search?


This is a job that you do to make you feel good. There's nothing like being stopped by a person while on campus, or even off campus, and being referred to as the student who spoke in my class, or the one who works at the Study Abroad Center, and then hearing their story about where they're going to go abroad. You are really helping people make life-changing decisions.”- former peer advisor

The mission of the Study Abroad Center is to foster a culture at UCI in which study abroad is expected and achievable for all students.  By hiring Peer Advisors who share our vision, we’ve created a place where people enjoy coming to work! 

Job Description:

Peer Advisors at the UCI Study Abroad Center are UCI students who have returned from study, work, internship, volunteer, research or teaching programs in a foreign country. Peer Advisors assist the Study Abroad Center with outreach, publicity, and advising for the various opportunities abroad that are available to UCI students.

  • Number of Positions available: 7-8*

* Students with work-study are strongly encouraged to apply.
* Preference is given to returnees from programs held during the academic year.

Training & Time Commitment:

1) Attend the entire week of training from September 17 - September 21, 2018 from 9am-1pm (Tues. & Thurs. until 2pm) daily

2) Begin working starting Welcome Week: September 24 - September 28, 2018.

3) Attend our weekly Peer Advisor Meetings. Ideally will take place Wednesdays from 4-5pm beginning September 26, 2018.

4) Work the entire academic year, September to June.

We are seeking dedicated peer advisors who can commit to working 10-15 hours per week.  While your weekly schedule will be set around your availability and interests each quarter, it should be understood that the majority of scheduled hours will take place Monday-Friday between 10am-4pm (although some work activities may occur outside of these hours). Most hours will take place in the office (e.g. 6-8 hours per week of walk-in advising, administrative duties, staff meetings, etc.) and some hours will take place outside the office (e.g. 5-7 hours per week doing outreach in some capacity: class announcements, holding advising hours in other offices/parts of campus, dorm presentations, special outreach projects, etc.). 


  • Advise prospective students interested in opportunities abroad
  • Organize and execute presentations to classes, dorms and student groups
  • Create and distribute outreach materials (e.g. fliers, posters, a-frames, videos, etc.)
  • Promote study abroad at campus events
  • Assist students in understanding the application and pre-departure processes
  • Assist with pre-departure orientations
  • General office support (e.g. filing, making copies, etc.)

Experiences and Skills Required:

  • Previous experience abroad - study, work, internship, volunteer, research and/or teaching
  • Demonstrated passion for study abroad.  Able to articulate why you believe study abroad to be valuable and important.
  • Strong public speaking skills (50% of job)
  • Ability to learn and communicate complex information and processes

At Least One of the Below is Also Required:

  • Customer service experience
  • Peer advising experience
  • Experience organizing events
  • Experience independently carrying out projects
  • Marketing experience

Pay Rate:

$11.25 per hour.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the on-line application by the deadline of Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by 11:45pm.

    IMPORTANT NOTES: (1) The on-line application requires you to list two references. Be prepared to provide their name, contact information (phone and/or e-mail), and relation to you (e.g. supervisor, professor, mentor, etc.) Work references are preferred. (2) Given that you cannot save/exit the EEE+Scout application and that the system may log you out after a certain length of time, you are encouraged to open the application, review the short-answer questions, write your responses in a word document and then copy and paste your responses into the appropriate fields when you are ready to submit. 

Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via e-mail or phone sometime between August 8 - August 10, 2018. Note:  If you are selected for an interview, be prepared to supply your Fall Quarter 2018 class schedule, and give specific examples during the interview that demonstrate the relevant skills you possess and how you have acquired them.  Hiring decisions will be sent on or around August 17, 2018.

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