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PA Application Information

How to Apply

We are excited you are considering applying to be a 2023 Peer Adviser.  Before you begin your application, please make sure you have reviewed the position information and important dates and have attended one information session (required for applicants). 

The Process Overview

  1. Required Information Session: All information sessions will be held in person. The dates, times, and locations for the information sessions are listed below. If you are unable to attend any information sessions, please email Merci at
  2. Application: The application must be fully completed by 11:59pm CST on Monday, January 23. No late applications are accepted. 
  3. Interview Process: Applicants are notified on February 3 noting whether or not they are moving forward to the interview phase. If moving forward, the notification will include their assigned interview day and time based on availability provided in the application. The assigned day and time cannot be changed. 
  4. Selection: Applicants are notified by 5:00pm CST on Friday, March 10.

Required Information Sessions 

Attending an information session is required for all Peer Adviser applicants. Even if you are just curious as to what a PA role looks like, we still encourage you to attend the session. Here are the dates, times, and locations for our 2023 sessions. Click the link next to the date and time to add the information session to your calendar!

Information Sessions for New PA Applicants 

*Students of Color Information Session: This session is open only to interested applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC). However, BIPOC applicants are welcome to attend any session above that works best with their schedule.

Information Session for Past PAs
If you previously served as a Peer Adviser, you must attend an information session for Past PAs rather than one of the sessions above. Applicants who have previously served as a PA are required to attend one of the sessions below.

Application: Due Monday, January 23 at 11:59pm 

It is highly recommended to attend an information session before submitting your application. The application collects basic demographic information; below are application items that require some additional work ahead of time so you can then easily copy and paste them in once you begin filling out the application form. 

Link to the online application here.

Essay Questions for NEW Applicants (~250 words per response)

Essay Questions for RETURNING Applicants (~250 words per response)

Interview Process

Applicants selected to continue will participate in our interview process. Applicants will be notified if they are selected to interview by Friday, February 3. 

The PA interview process includes a group interview and an individual interview. If chosen to participate in an interview, you will be assigned to one of the 4 times you select. Interviews will be held for the full duration of the scheduled time period. 

Please ensure that you are available for all 4 times selected and that you remain available for those times until you are notified. No interview assignment changes can be made.

Looking for additional information to help you prepare for your interview? Visit the Northwestern Career Advancement Interviewing webpage.


Applicants who participate in the interview process will receive a final notification by 5:00pm on Friday, March 10. 

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