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Part Time - Student (Undergraduate) - New Student Orientation Leader/Peer Mentor


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Academic Affairs is seeking a diverse team of aspiring undergraduate student leaders to serve as New Student Orientation & Welcome Week Leaders as well as Peer Mentors (NSO Leaders /Peer Mentors ). NSO Leaders /Peer Mentors play a key role in providing a quality transitional experience for all incoming first-year students through an in-person New Student Orientation (NSO) experience (starting mid-June ), as well as  Welcome Week program ming ( starting August 1 8 through the first week of classes). This role also has a new component where students can continue to serve as Peer Mentors through PSU 8 (Freshman Seminar) or as an Advising or Career Services Mentor.

Orientation Leaders /Peer Mentors assist incoming Penn State students as well as their parents and family members by introducing the campus and its resources, leading conversations about the transition from high school to college and acting as a representative of the Pennsylvania State University. 

Job Duties

Primary responsibilities include:

+ Providing general assistance with the college transition by facilitating small group discussions on subjects including involvement on campus, diversity and inclusion, health and safety, personal responsibility, and responsible decision making.

+ Orientation Leaders must work cooperatively within a team of fellow student leaders to accomplish tasks, respond to questions from students and families about university life using personal experiences in a professional manner, and encourage students to establish meaningful connections with other first-year students.

+ NSO Leaders must be able to be flexible, patient, and quick on their feet as NSO is a demanding and fast-paced work environment.

+ NSO Leaders are expected to actively engage with students and families while providing a welcoming environment for all new Penn Stater s.

+ Peer Mentors will be required to attend their assigned PSU 8 course weekly and assist students with any questions or concerns about course subject matter and/or participation in outside events.

+ Peer Mentors who serve Advising and Career will be trained on how to help their fellow students clear holds, review the academic bulletin, create potential course schedules (to be reviewed by an assigned advisor), create cover letters, review resumes and create a digital employment presence via LinkedIn.

Th e Orientation Leader portion of this opening is for Summer 202 2 , running from late- May (for training) through August 202 2 . If a student is interested in remaining on as a Peer Mentor, that role runs from August 22, 2022 to April 28, 2023 (with the included university breaks/holidays).

Requirements and Qualifications

+ NSO Leaders will be expected to participate in Summer 202 2 NSO in-person as well as virtual ly by participating in and/or leading programs, as well as providing email and phone and written support . 

+ All applicants must participate in a Penn State Student Conduct Record check.

Questions about the job requirements should be directed to  Erica C. Tachoir, DUS Coordinator and Manager of Academic Advising and Career Services at .

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


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McKeesport, PA

Part Time - Student (Undergraduate) - New Student Orientation Leader/Peer Mentor

Part time
McKeesport, PA

Published on 06/10/2022

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