What is a Peer Adviser?
2023 Peer Adviser applications will be open from January 6-23.
Peer Advisers (PAs) work with Office of Student Transition Experiences (OSTE) to welcome incoming undergraduate students to Northwestern. Please note that the Peer Adviser position is a volunteer role.
Peer Advisers’ responsibilities include:
- Mentor a group of incoming undergraduate students
- Facilitating dialogues about well being, diversity, inclusion, community, violence prevention, and navigating academics
- Share resources and support for new students that will aid in their transition to campus
- Assisting new students with course selections/registration
- Introducing new students to Northwestern traditions
- Connecting a group of new students to each other and the Northwestern community
- Support OSTE programming during Wildcat Welcome
- Attend required trainings during the Spring and Summer Quarters*
Peer Advisers represent the diverse Northwestern community. We are looking for first, second, and third year students with varying levels of NU involvement, and a wide range of personalities and backgrounds.
* Please make sure you read the Important Dates for PA Applicants to fully ensure you understand the requirements and training dates prior to applying.
Characteristics Found in Successful Peer Advisers
- Open-mindedness to learn more about your personal and social identities to facilitate conversations for new students
- Willingness to develop effective facilitation skills throughout Peer Adviser trainings
- Open-mindedness towards a wide variety of cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and demographics
- Desire to serve as a role model and mentor for new students
- Capacity to build and maintain effective relationships with students, staff, and faculty
- Passion for Wildcat Welcome, Northwestern University, and new student needs
- Desire to create an inclusive campus environment
- Understanding of advocacy for self and others
- Reliability to attend required trainings and deliver accurate information
- Willingness to maintain a high level of communication with peers, professional staff, and faculty