The Peer Assistant position is currently not available. For other possible opportunities, visit the Office of the Provost Peer Assistant website.
- Role of the Peer Assistant
Peer Assistants work alongside members of the college advising staff during Freshmen Orientation and Transfer Orientation to assist new students with their academic transition to the University of Houston. Because the position requires almost 30 hours a week in the summer, applicants wanting to take summer session coursework will need to have schedules approved by their college supervisor. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. This opportunity allows students to explore and develop interpersonal, professional and leadership skills that allow them to grow into exceptional student leaders.
In addition to weekly schedules which may be flexible, all applicants must be available:
- May 2 or May 3 from 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Characteristics Peer Assistant members should possess and demonstrate the following:
- Strong knowledge of own academic area
- Ability to learn and understand academic requirements
- Understanding and support of the goals and philosophies of the University of Houston
- Ability to encourage academic success and to motivate self and others
- Strong interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to establish rapport with peers, students, parents, faculty and staff
- Ability to serve as a role model demonstrating good judgment and ethical behavior
- Ability to set a positive tone for interaction, demonstrating responsibility and respect for others’ rights, feelings, lifestyles, diverse backgrounds and for personal and University property
- Ability to work on a team and to be flexible
- Strong demonstration of leadership abilities
- Ability to navigate University of Houston website
- Knowledge of University of Houston campus resources
- Undergraduates must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA and have completed at least 24 credit hours in residence at the University of Houston by conclusion of the current spring semester.
- Graduate students must have completed one fall semester at the University of Houston.
- Available to work during scheduled New Student Conferences and trainings during the current spring and upcoming summer semesters.
Job Duties Peer Assistant members will be responsible for the following:
- Assisting new students with questions about UHin4
- Communicating with students as they opt into the UHin4 program
- Explaining University of Houston academic policies and standards to new students
- Communicating information regarding major and minor options to new students
- Clarifying information regarding course pre-requisites to new students
- Discussing College expectations with new students
- Assisting Academic College with preparation prior to New Student Conferences
- Assist with communication between Academic College and new students prior to New Student Conferences
- Assisting with class registration at New Student Conferences
- Assisting colleges with day-to-day office responsibilities, including but not limited to: data entry, answering calls, filing and conducting benchmarking/research as needed
- Assisting Academic Colleges with posting New Student Conference follow-up
- Assisting Academic Colleges with strategic planning for future terms and New Student Conferences
- Housing is not provided as part of this position. Students should make accommodations for summer housing on their own.
- Part-time: approximately 30 hours per week, including selected work days outside of New Student Conferences during the upcoming summer semester.