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Peer Assistants

If you’re looking for a dynamic, interactive student worker position then you should consider being a Peer Assistant (PA)! Colleges are hiring student staff assistants to assist academic advisors during Freshman Orientation and Transfer orientation. This unique position will provide graduate or undergraduate students with the opportunity to work alongside full-time Academic Advisors as they assist new students with the advisement and registration process at UH.  PAs will go through general training to become proficient in university processes and rules which impact degree completion and then move on to work with full-time Academic Advisors in specific colleges to learn about the advisement and registration process. Once training is complete, our PAs will initiate communication with new students before they arrive for their Orientation, helping them prepare for their on-campus experience! When the big day arrives for our new students, PAs meet with students in their assigned college and assist with the registration process.

Application Process

To apply, select your college from the list below and follow the instructions provided. You may only apply to one college and it must be the college in which you are currently majoring; if you began at UH as an Exploratory Studies major and have since changed your major, you are welcome to apply to Exploratory Studies.

College Instructions

Architecture

Visit the website for the application process and more information.

College of the Arts

 Click here for application

Business

 Click here for application

CLASS

Visit the website for the application and more information.

Applicants should deliver the applications to AH320,  713-743-4001

Education

 Please complete the application and email it to coeug@uh.edu.

Engineering

Click here for the application

Exploratory Studies

Click here for the application

Honors

Click here for the application

Natural Science and Mathematics

Contact Kim Marx for more information. Click here for the application

Mandatory Dates

In addition to weekly schedules which are sometimes flexible, all applicants must be available:

Training
May 2nd or May 3rd from 5:00-6:30pm

Orientation Dates

  • May 22, 2019
  • May 29, 2019
  • May 30-31, 2019
  • June 3-4, 2019
  • June 11, 2019
  • June 13-14, 2019
  • June 17, 2019
  • June 20-21, 2019
  • June 24-25, 2019
  • June 26, 2019
  • June 27-28, 2019
  • July 17, 2019
  • July 18-19, 2019
  • July 22, 2019
  • July 25-26, 2019
  • July 29-30, 2019
  • July 31, 2019
  • August 1-2, 2019
  • August 5, 2019
  • August 7, 2019
  • August 8, 2019
  • August 9, 2019
  • August 12, 2019

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.
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office and PeopleSoft ( www.my.uh.edu) preferred.

Qualifications

  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 by conclusion of the Spring 2019 semester.
  2. Graduate students must have completed one semester at the University of Houston by Fall 2018.
  3. Available to work during scheduled Freshman Orientations and trainings during Spring and Summer of 2019.

Job Duties

Peer Assistant members will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist new students with questions about UHin4.
  • Communicate with students as they opt into the UHin4 program.
  • Communicate University of Houston academic policies and standards to new students.
  • Communicate information regarding major and minors options to new students.
  • Communicate information regarding course pre-requisites to new students.
  • Communicate college expectations to new students.
  • Assist with Academic College’s preparation prior to Freshman Orientation.
  • Assist with communication between Academic College and new students prior to Freshman Orientation.
  • Assist with class registration at Freshman Orientation.
  • Assist colleges with day to day office responsibilities, including but not limited to: data entry, answering calls, filing, and conducting benchmarking/research as needed.
  • Assist Academic College with post Freshman Orientation follow-up.
  • Assist Academic College’s strategic planning for future terms and Freshman Orientation.

Time Commitment

  • Mandatory training sessions (see Mandatory Dates section above).
  • Approximately 8-10 hours per week during the Spring 2019 semester.
  • Part-time: approximately 30 hours per week, including selected work days outside of New Student Conferences during the Summer of 2019.