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Position Title:  Education Abroad Peer Mentor

Department Name:  Education Abroad

Number of Available Openings:  1

Total Number of Hours Needed Per Week:  8 - 10 hours / Flexible

Hourly Wage:  $9.25 [U]

Job Description:  Peer Mentors are an integral part of Education Abroad and involved in a wide variety of office functions, including:

  • Providing one-on-one advising for students researching their study abroad options.
  • Serving as the first point of contact for students seeking information about studying abroad.
  • Staffing information tables at events, (i.e. the First Look Fair, Maryland Day, Maryland Open House, etc.)
  • Presenting information about study abroad to student organizations, residence halls, and UNIV classes.
  • Assisting with outreach efforts such as chalking, posting flyers on campus, etc.
  • Serving as a panelist at study abroad related events and programs, including pre-departure orientations
  • Designing and maintaining Education Abroad bulletin boards Responding to email inquiries about study abroad
  • Utilizing social media to promote study abroad
  • Assisting Coordinators and PA’s with program-specific outreach, planning, programming, etc.

Qualifications: 

  • Must have had some type of international experience (studied, lived, and/or volunteered abroad whether through UMD or other previous experiences)
  • Commit to participating in training, holding regular office hours, and attending periodic check-in and training meetings.
  • Good academic standing and maintenance of a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Interest in public speaking and one-on-one advising.
  • Ability to advise students in an accurate, ethical, and professional manner, and a willingness to uphold the policies and procedures of Education Abroad
  • Ability to represent the Education Abroad and the University of Maryland in a positive manner.

Learning Opportunity:  This position allows a student to develop strong communication skills while also functioning on a team in a high-traffic office. Peer Mentors will learn a great deal about the field of study abroad in the context of a large public university, and use this knowledge in advising students on study abroad opportunities as an academic experience. There are also points where peers can develop their own projects and events provided they are deemed relevant by their supervisor.

Comments:  Applicants must send the following to Jeremy Gombin-Sperling at jgombins@umd.edu:

  • Current Resume
  • Current Schedule for Spring 2013 Semester
  • Complete Peer Mentor Application
  • Screenshot of "My Awards" showing Workstudy eligibility
  • Please apply by January 15th for best consideration

Department Address:  1125 Holzapfel Hall

Contact Person(s):  Jeremy Gombin-Sperling

To Apply: 

  • E-mail