Peer Advisor Program

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What is a Peer Advisor?

Peer Advisors (PA’s) work collaboratively with the Office of Academic Services (OAS) to assist in the facilitation of placement testing, new student registration and academic workshops. PA’s also provide all new students with a warm and friendly welcome to Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) by serving as role models and providing resources to all incoming students.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5.
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credits at RU-N.
  • Attend mandatory spring/summer trainings and work during graduation/commencement.
  • Minimum of 20 workdays throughout the spring and summer months.
  • Ability to assume a leadership role and responsibility for assigned projects.
  • Possess an enthusiastic, flexible, and professional attitude.
  • Agree to expectations and implications on application.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Build relationships with, and serve as a resource for, new students.
  • Assist with the proctoring of placement exams.
  • Check-in and greet all new students for placement testing and registration.
  • Assist incoming students with scheduling classes.
  • Lead group discussions/programs articulating RU-N academic expectations and standards.
  • Prepare packets of information to inform and welcome new students.
  • Participate in extensive training prior to working.
  • Plan and facilitate workshops for first year students.
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned.

Skills & Achievements

  • Leadership skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Problem solving techniques
  • The opportunity for paid work throughout the academic year.
  • Become a team player
  • Learn lots of information about RU-N!

Compensation & Benefits

  • Earn $11.00 per hour during all shifts throughout the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Meals during training periods and all-day events.
  • Staff shirt & fun novelties.
  • A closing celebration for all staff.
  • Make friends and network!
  • Opportunity to build your resume.

Time Commitments

During testing and advisement days, the PA staff work long days, thus additional employment commitments are not recommended during the summer months. However, we understand that it is sometimes necessary to have other jobs. We ask that you make your commitment to the PA position a priority and be sure that you can meet your minimum of 20 required work days. There are mandatory Peer Advisor Learning Seminar (PALS) Trainings that you have to attend to participate in the program:

Tentative Mandatory Training Dates

  • Saturday, March 3rd
  • Thursday, May 11th

How do I become a Peer Advisor?

Please click here to apply!!

*All applicants must attend an Information Session*

Information Session

RSVP for an Info Session here!

  • Monday, Nov. 27th @ 11:30am
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29th @ 2:30pm
  • Monday, Dec. 4th @ 11:30am
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24th @ 2:30pm

Location: Hill Hall Rm. 104

Contact Information 

Daveena Colwell, Peer Advisor Program Coordinator

Office of Academic Services

Rutgers University-Newark

Hill Hall Rm. 312

Phone:973-353-5800

Email: dcolwell@newark.rutgers.edu