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Compass Mentor Application

What is a Compass Mentor? 

Compass Mentors work with 3-4 first-year students who identify as first-generation and/or lower-income. A mentor's main objective is to assist their mentees as they navigate Northwestern, seek out resources, and find community. Mentors do this by facilitating one-on-one meetings and social events for mentees and driving dialogue at weekly workshops. Compass Mentors begin supporting their mentee in the Fall through the end of the academic year. 

Compass Mentor Responsibilities 

Important Dates

Characteristics of a successful Compass Mentor



Mentors will be paid hourly at a $16 rate. They will work between 3.5 to 8 hours depending on the week. 


The Compass application is now open! Please apply by Sunday, April 17We are excited you are interested in becoming a Compass Mentor. Applying involves 3 steps: 

  1. Complete the Compass Mentor Application  
  2. Participate in a Group Interview process 
  3. Applicants selected to continue in our interview process will be scheduled for an individual interview 


The Compass Mentor application collects basic information, has an essay portion, and will ask you to select group interview availability. Once the application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive an additional follow-up email to confirm your group interview time and location on Monday (4/17).  Below are the essay questions. 

Essay Questions 

  1. Tell us why you want to be a Compass Mentor. (150 words) 
  2. Please share your definition of peer mentorship and why it is beneficial for a first-gen and/or lower income (FGLI) first-year? (200 words) 
  3. Write to a new student about an experience, specific to being FGLI, that challenged you during your first year at Northwestern. Please include what you learned and what you would want this new student to take away from the experience. (300 words) 

Group Interview

The Group Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th, 4:00-5:15 PM and 6:30-7:45 PM. 

During the group interview you will complete 2 group activities. One will focus on group dynamics and the other on creativity.  


For questions or more information about the Compass Mentor position, please contact: