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2025 Compass Mentor Application

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 up to 8 hrs/week.  


The application will be live in Winter 2025!

Deadline to Apply:  TBA

Please note that the SES Student Leader Application includes the Compass Mentor and SAW Counselor positions. SES now oversees the Summer Academic Workshop (SAW), a summer bridge program that shares similar goals to the Compass program -supporting FGLI students through their first-year transition to NU. You will be able to select whether you are applying to one or both positions.  

Applying involves 2 steps:  

  1. Complete the SES Student Leader 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 SES Student Leader application collects basic information and has an essay portion. Once the application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email. Please read this email carefully as it provides instructions for a group interview. Below are the essay questions. 

Essay Questions 

  1. Tell us why you want to be a Compass Mentor. (100 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? (150 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 your experience. (300 words)  

Group Interview

The Group Interviews are scheduled for:

You can select the session you are unavailable for when you complete the SES Student Leader Application. During the group interview you will complete 2 group activities. One will focus on group dynamics and the other on creativity.

Individual Interviews

Successful applicants will be contacted for an individual interview during the week April 29th – May 3rd.


For questions or more information about the Compass Mentor position, please contact: Mayra Garces, Assistant Director of Student Enrichment Services,