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  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Program Type: Program Enrollment
Program Description:
peer advisors

2020 Winter Quarter Pre-Departure Orientation - Peer Advisor Panel

Cal Poly International Center
Study Abroad Peer Advisor Position

Peer Advising
As a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, you will assist students with the following:
  • Navigating the planning process for study abroad
  • Selecting a program that fits their needs and goals
  • Helping prepare them for their experience abroad
  • Answering questions upon return (transcripts, getting involved at the Int'l Center, etc)

This is an opportunity to further develop your leadership, office, and advising skills in a supportive and professional environment!

Overview: The Study Abroad Peer Advisor is a key player in assuring that student visitors are served and office projects are completed in a timely and accurate manner.  As the first point of contact, you will greet and refer students to the appropriate resources, and make appointments for the Study Abroad staff.  You will prepare resource materials for presentations, meetings, and office displays, and participate in outreach activities such as disseminating publicity materials and giving presentations—from first-steps workshops to classroom presentations to large-audience events.  You will work as part of a committed team of peers and professionals in a dynamic environment, and you will gain skills that will promote your personal and professional growth.
  • Serve as the first point-of-contact for Cal Poly study abroad students —in-person, on the telephone, and via zoom and e-mail
  • Provide excellent customer service to each individual who visits the International Center
  • Participate in Study Abroad outreach activities and events—including classroom presentations, evening panels, workshops, information meetings, study abroad fairs, and tabling events
  • Communicate effectively to diverse audiences and interact thoughtfully with multicultural constituencies, in part to help increase participation in study abroad by underrepresented groups
  • Under the direct supervision of a Study Abroad Advisor/Coordinator, assist with all aspects of student advising and outreach
  • Discuss study abroad programs with student clients (i.e. Cal Poly Global Programs, CSU International Programs, Cal Poly Affiliate Partner Programs, International Exchanges, National Student Exchange)
  • Independently research program requirements and deadlines in order to stay current with changing information
  • Provide administrative/clerical support to Cal Poly Study Abroad staff
  • Complete special projects as assigned 
  • Eligible to be hired as a student assistant at Cal Poly, as outlined in the Student Assistant Handbook
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at time of application and during employment
  • Ability to serve in this position for at least Fall Quarter, with the possibility of extending for Winter and Spring quarters 
  • Ability to work primarily in-person and secondarily via Zoom. For virtual work, a reliable internet connection is required
  • For students who have studied abroad through Cal Poly: Complete the "Returnee Evaluation" Questionnaire that is listed in your study abroad program application. You can find this on the homepage of your account.
  • Attend a mandatory training session the week before classes begin in the fall
  • Attend weekly peer advisor meetings
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly—verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to speak effectively to groups
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service
  • Interpersonal skills to work effectively and thoughtfully with students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to follow directions
  • Ability to work in an environment with changing priorities and many interruptions
  • Demonstrated skill and experience with computer technology, including the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work between 6-8 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends
 Strongly Preferred
  • Participation in a study abroad program is strongly preferred but not required
  • This is a paid position of $15/hour
 Next Steps
  • To apply for the position, please click on the GREEN "Apply Now" button at the top right-hand side of this page. Please be prepared to upload a resume and cover letter that includes information on why you want to work in the Cal Poly International Center supporting study abroad programs, and how your work, internship, and /or volunteer experience(s) make you an ideal candidate for the position.
  • Applications will be reviewed and positions filled on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early but the latest deadline to be considered for a position is 11:59 PM (PDT) on June 24th, 2022.
  • Important Note: If you have never logged into our system, you will be prompted to create a profile when you log into the system with your Cal Poly ID. It will take 24 hours for your profile to be fully authenticated and for you to be authorized to sign the application documents electronically. Please wait 24 hours to begin signing any documents as we do not accept paper forms.
  •  If you have questions, please contact the supervisor for this position, Chuck Petranek via     

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2023 04/13/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission, where applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.