Peer Advisor Positions

In addition to volunteer opportunities, the UCSB Education Abroad Program (EAP) has a few paid positions available for student Peer Advisors for the 2019-20 academic year. Peer Advisors are the primary resource for students interested in studying abroad through the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). They will have numerous responsibilities in our office, such as guiding prospective students, planning outreach programs, and general office duties. This is a terrific opportunity to remain involved with UCSB EAP, the international sphere, and to utilize the ideas that you have developed through your experiences abroad. 

Job Description

The UCSB EAP Campus office will hire a new group of UCSB EAP returnees this fall quarter as Peer Advisors. They will assist with outreach, recruitment, selection, and orientations in addition to a variety of clerical tasks. Peer Advisors must be available to work for the entire academic year. Peer Advisors will earn $12.00 per hour.

Peer Advisors typically work a maximum of 10 hours per week, including a weekly meeting and some evening and weekend hours. Occasionally they may be asked to work additional hours. Peer Advisors are required to attend informational meetings, presentations, orientations, and external events when requested. A great deal of professionalism, flexibility, and dedication are required as work schedules may vary each week, and staying after regular business hours will be required several times per quarter. Plan to jump right in and start working immediately!


  • Provide general and specific information about UCEAP and UCSB EAP to students, staff, faculty, parents, and campus visitors
  • Specialized advising for host country as well as several other countries
  • Give classroom, dorm, and club presentations
  • Help students select a program and guide them through the application and pre-departure preparation process
  • Help prepare for general orientations & country-specific meetings
  • Represent UCSB EAP at various campus events such as Parents’ Weekend, Spring Insight, Study Abroad Fair, etc.
  • Organize returnee and reciprocity social events
  • Organize and update UCSB EAP display cases
  • Take out the large A-frame signs
  • Table on campus and wear the UCSB EAP Passport Costume for recruitment purposes
  • Help receive, review, and organize applications
  • Encourage fellow returnees and reciprocity students to participate in informational meetings, interviews and orientation programs
  • Table/attend events durining the day/evening at the Student Resource Building and in Isla Vista
  • Help keep UCSB EAP’s paperwork flowing smoothly
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Answer telephones and email inquiries
  • Enter & update information in student databases
  • File documents in student folders
  • Check in and process UCEAP applications
  • Maintain current information in brochure racks, bulletin boards, and other display areas
  • Organize and clean the office, includes recycling
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Must have both a knowledge of and interest in furthering the aims of the Education Abroad Program. Peer Advisors should be willing to learn as much as possible about all UCEAP locations. 

Peer Advisors work with faculty, staff, parents, and students and must always represent UCSB EAP in a professional manner, including a mature and courteous attitude, a strict regard for student confidentiality, and a great level of cultural awareness. They also work with the reciprocal exchange students and should be culturally sensitive. They should be comfortable speaking to large and small groups about UCEAP and UCSB EAP and facilitating discussions. Creativity, reliability, attention to detail, willingness to put in extra hours, and ability to take initiative are highly desirable. Applicants from year-long programs and/or all majors including the sciences, engineering, and economics are encouraged to apply. Applicants with office work experience, computer experience, and/or fluency in a foreign language are also highly desirable. Must be willing to use Gmail and Google Calendars for work purposes.

To be eligible for the position, you must be a full-time student registered for at least 12 units for the Fall 2019, Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 quarters. Your graduation date must be Spring 2020 or later. You will not be eligible for the position if you intend to graduate at the end of fall or winter quarter. To be eligible for the position, you must attend all of the training days listed below.

Important Dates:

Application will be available starting June 24. The link listed in the section below will lead to the application.

Application due date: July 28, 2019 @ 11:59pm
You are encouraged to submit your application before July 28. NO late applications will be accepted.

If selected for an interview, you will be contacted approx. August 22. 
You will be contacted by phone. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Interviews will take place: August 26 - September 4

Mandatory training: September 23, 24, and 25
To be eligible for the position, you MUST attend all of these training days. Training may take place between 8am-8pm on these dates.

Regular fall quarter shift hours will begin: September 26 (first day of classes)

Application Procedure

Complete the online application by Sunday, July 28 @ 11:59pm. The application must be completed in one sitting, and you are required to upload your current resume. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

If you are a UCSB EAP returnee and would like to be considered for both the Peer Advisor position and the MARKETING Peer Advisor and/or VIDEO Peer Advisor position, you must submit an additional separate application for the MARKETING and/or VIDEO position (two applications total). Please note that there is one shared application for the MARKETING and VIDEO positions.