UC Merced Study Abroad and International Affairs support students going abroad and international students coming to UC Merced. We love our work and we think you would, too. So, why would you want to be a peer advisor? Here's what you get:
#1: Get a leg up on your study abroad or scholarship application
Maybe you already know you want to study abroad but you want to apply for a popular program, or maybe you need funding to make that happen. Being a peer advisor might be an inside track to assembling a top-notch study abroad scholarship application.
#2: Get paid to generate interest and enthusiasm for study abroad
Study abroad and travel can be both exciting and scary, especially for first-time travelers. As a peer advisor, you get to build enthusiasm about pursuing opportunities your peers don't always think is accessible until they learn about resources and options.
#3: Get to know international students at UC Merced
UC Merced has more international students than most undergrads realize, but they might not get to connect with them. Our peer advisors get to meet and help international students get settled at UC Merced while helping their staff advisors.
#4: Get experience to build your résumé with leadership, public speaking, advising, maybe even video skills
As a peer advisor, you might do a little bit of a lot of things, but you also get to spend time building some great skills. We need peer advisors to speak in front of their peers about the benefits and accessibility of study abroad, we need them to help students explore their options, and we need them to promote study abroad authentically and with a student perspective.
#5: Get paid to put on events to reach people with international interests at UC Merced
Whether it's a pizza party to round up study abroad applications or a farewell breakfast for our students heading abroad or a trivia night to get students engaged or you support the office in putting on events for international students and scholars, you get to work on managing events, hospitality, and networking.
In summary, we want applicants who are excited about international and cross-cultural learning, applicants who are inquisitive, applicants who are open-minded, applicants who are creative
Peer Advisors serve as primary contacts for general inquiries about OIA and its Study Abroad and International Student and Scholar units. Peer Advisors assist with outreach, recruitment, orientations and a variety of clerical tasks and projects.