Become a Peer Advisor
Become A MasonGEO Peer Advisor
Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed. Please check back in August 2018 for Fall 2018 applications.
Peer advisors are study abroad alumni who are passionate about their global experience and eager to share their knowledge and experience with fellow students. Mason's Global Education Office (GEO) seeks students who are willing to share both their positive experiences and the challenges they faced to offer new insights and perspectives for 6-8 hours per week. Peer advisors market the Mason Global Experience at on-campus events, student organization meetings, and in residence halls. They also answer a range of student inquiries - including those on study abroad procedures and specific programs, how to choose a program, what it was like to be away from Mason, challenges abroad, and so much more. As student support to MasonGEO, our advisors are critical members of the effort to help more students understand the impacts and value of a global experience. This is an unpaid volunteer position.
- Participated in a MasonGEO study abroad program.
- GPA requirement: 2.5 or higher.
- Currently enrolled student at Mason.
- Enthusiastic about sharing study abroad experience(s).
- Motivated to advise prospective students in a professional, truthful, and open manner while supporting MasonGEO policies and goals.
- Outgoing and comfortable speaking to students both individually and to large groups.
- Able to articulate the academic and personal benefits of the Mason Global Experience.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive and experience with various social media platforms.
- Well developed oral and written communication, planning skills, and adaptability.
- Eager to encourage other students to study overseas.
- Ability to expand knowledge on the international and study abroad experience.
Responsibilities and Tasks
- Attend in-person and online training sessions before each term.
- Serve as the first point of contact for interested students.
- Host general information sessions that inform large groups of students about study abroad opportunities.
- Host assigned walk-in hours in the MasonGEO office.
- Conduct out of office hours canvassing and networking to introduce students to MasonGEO including posting flyers around campus.
- Guide students through application process and deadlines.
- Assist during the MasonGEO annual study abroad fair, pre-departure orientations, and incoming international exchange student events.
- Create short activities for classroom visits and suggest new types of events that inspire other students to see themselves abroad.
- Search for ways to expand student outreach, be it through social media, face-to-face interaction, or suggesting marketing materials for kiosks.
- Communicate effectively and professionally to student inquiries through email.
- Participate on panels about identity, academic, or cultural transitions abroad.
- Collaborate with MasonGEO administrative staff to maintain alumni campaigns and re-entry/continued engagement programs.
- Complete one term project per semester.
- This project can be used to share specific insights about one's study abroad experience or introduce critical conversations. Term projects may also be selected for presentation at the annual pre-departure orientation. Term projects may be tied to a class assignment. Examples of past projects include - Tips for Introverts on Studying Abroad; Video Interviews; Application Timeline Flyers.
Dianna Leonard, Program Officer