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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