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Peer Assistants

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Peer Assistant Application

  1. Role of the Peer Assistant

    Peer Assistants (PA) work alongside members of the college advising staff during summer New Student Orientations (NSO). 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. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. This opportunity will allow students to explore and develop interpersonal, professional and leadership skills that allow them to grow into exceptional student leaders. 


    Peer Assistants should possess and demonstrate the following: 

    • Strong knowledge of own academic college
    • Strong demonstration of interpersonal skills
    • Strong demonstration of leadership abilities.
    • Knowledge of the institution’s academic processes, available resources, and an understanding of the foundations for academic success.
    • Ability to understand the needs, interests, strengths, and weaknesses of others, and to utilize this information for contributing to the growth and development of others.
    • 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 establish rapport with peers, students, parents, faculty, and staff.
    • Ability to serve as a role model demonstrating good judgment and ethical behavior.
    • Ability to work on a team and to be flexible.
    • Ability to navigate the University of Houston website.
    • Understanding and support of the goals and philosophies of the University of Houston.
    • Previous experience with Microsoft Office and PeopleSoft ( preferred.  


    1. 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 at the conclusion of the Spring 2023 semester.
    2. Graduate students must have completed one semester at the University of Houston by Spring 2023.
    3. Available to attend scheduled trainings during the Spring 2023 and work New Student Orientations during the Summer of 2023.

    **EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY It is the policy of the University of Houston that all applications shall receive equal opportunity for employment and that during employment shall be treated equally in all respects regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or veteran status.


The following dates are required at minimum.

Mandatory In Person Training Dates: 
April 14th - Training with RGI 
April 21st - Training with RGI 
April 28th - Training with College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 
May 8th - Reporting to Academic College

Mandatory In Person Orientation Dates
May 26th - Transfer Orientation
May 30th - Transfer Orientation
June 1st & 2nd - Freshman Orientation
June 7th & 8th - Freshman Orientation
June 9 - Transfer Orientation
June 12th & 13th - Freshman Orientation
June 15th & 16th - Freshman Orientation
June 20th & 21th - Freshman Orientation
June 22nd & 23rd - Freshman Orientation   
June 26th & 27th - Freshman Orientation
June 28th - Transfer Orientation
June 29th & 30th - Freshman Orientation
July 13 & 14th - Freshman Orientation
July 18th - Transfer Orientation
July 20th & 21st - Freshman Orientation
July 24th & 25th - Freshman Orientation
July 26th - Transfer Orientation
July 27th & 28th - Freshman Orientation
August 1st - Transfer Orientation
August 4th - Combined Orientation
August 8th - Combined Orientation 

Job Duties:

Peer Assistant Leaders will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist with communication between College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and new students prior to and during New Student Orientations
  • Assist new students prior to and during orientations regarding UHin4 questions and inquiries.
  • Assist with College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences' preparation prior to New Student Orientations
  • Assist with course enrollment during New Student Orientations
  • Communicate University of Houston academic policies and standards to new students. 
  • Communicate information regarding major and minor options to new students.
  • Communicate information regarding course pre-requisites to new students.
  • Communicate faculty expectations to new students.
  • Assist College of Liberal Arts and Social Science with post New Student Orientation Follow-up
  • Assist College of Liberal Arts and Social Science's strategic planning for future terms and New Student Orientation
  • Housing is not provided as part of this position. Students should make accommodations for summer housing on their own.

Time Commitment:

  • Mandatory training sessions. See Mandatory dates section above.
  • Part-time. approximately 30 hours per week, including selected workdays outside of New Student Orientations during Summer 2023.

Urgent! Deadlines Specific to this Position

Applications accepted online Tuesday March 7 - Tuesday, March 13, 2023.

Interviews will be conducted using Teams March 14-16, 2023 during business hours, 8a - 5p.

Students selected for the position will be notified by 5 p.m. March 21, 2023.

Selected students who accept the position will be required to complete all necessary paperwork by March 22, 2023.

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