Be a Peer Mentor

2018-19 Peer Mentors


Applications will be accepted March 11 - April 12, 2019.

Are you interested in helping new International frosh adjust to life at UCSC and the USA? Do you want to develop your leadership and intercultural communication skills? Apply to be a Peer Mentor! We are looking for responsible volunteer Peer Mentors who have strong interpersonal skills and a sincere desire to help new international students adjust to life here in Santa Cruz.

Peer Mentors selected in Spring 2019 will begin training in May 2019 and be matched a group of 3-4 mentees in Fall 2019. Mentoring continues through June 2020, making this a 13-month volunteer commitment.

Why should you be a Peer Mentor?

  • Personal Development: You learn a lot about yourself as you help others and learn about their cultures. Plus, you’ll make friends from around the world!

  • Professional Development: You will have the chance to develop leadership, intercultural communication, and professions skills while gaining valuable experience to put on your resume!

  • As a Mentor, you’ll also get to attend fun events and day trips for FREE!

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

  • Conduct weekly check-ins (online, text, or in person) with each Mentee

  • Organize monthly meetups with Mentees (e.g., coffees, study groups, dinners, etc.)

  • Coordinate 1 activity open to the entire Mentorship Program Community

  • Actively participate in quarterly program-wide events (e.g., Welcome Event)

  • Attend mandatory bi-weekly Mentor Meetings (includes monthly training)

  • Attend the mandatory Mentor Training Retreat (held each May)

  • Attend the mandatory Mentor Training Refresher (the day before classes start in September)

  • Complete all required training activities (e.g., time management assignment, goal setting, reflection pieces) in a timely manner (deadlines to be announced).

Time Commitment

  • Length of term: 13 months (May 2019-June 2020)

  • 1-3 hours per week (varies depending on what’s going on event-wise)

Who can apply?

International or U.S. undergraduate students who have been at UCSC for at least 2 quarters and have a 2.0 or higher cumulative  GPA.

How do I apply?

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Applications will be accepted March 11 - April 12, 2019.

How do I know if I have been selected?

  • You will receive a confirmation email once we have received your application.

  • You will be notified by mid-April whether or not you have been selected for an interview.

  • Interviews will take place April 22-25, 2019.

  • Selected Peer Mentors will be notified by April 30, 2019.


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