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Peer Advisors

Who are Study Abroad Peer Advisors?

Study Abroad Peer Advisors (PAs) are a group of students who are excited about study abroad. They serve as a resource to interested students by sharing their personal insight, first-hand experience and knowledge on the study abroad opportunities offered by Southern Miss.

Each semester, the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) selects 10-15 students to serve on the team for a semester or an academic year. PAs attend outreach events and class visits on their home campus and assist with pre-departure sessions all in an effort to share their study abroad story to interested students. PAs on the Hattiesburg campus will also work two-hours-per-week in the OSA, which will offer hands-on International Education experience. Additionally, this year we are offering three leadership roles within the team (see below for details).

General Responsibilities for All Peer Advisors: Attend one meeting per month
  • Advise students on the basics of study abroad including available programs (semester, year, and summer), application deadlines and procedures, etc.
  • Mentor incoming and outgoing exchange students
  • Attend initial training sessions and regular meetings throughout each semester
  • Attend, and in many cases assist, in welcome/farewell events/barbecues/lunches for our visiting international exchange students
  • Assist the OSA with International and Diversity Education Week (IDEW), recruitment events, email campaigns, study abroad fairs, specific projects (as assigned), class visits, and pre-departure orientation sessions
  • Contribute ideas, feedback, and suggestions from the student perspective
  • Share your study abroad experience with others
  • Other duties as assigned or as suggested by you! 
Leadership Roles:
Peer Advisor Chair: Schedule PAs for outreach events
  • Organize and lead monthly meetings
  • Plan 2 PA social events per semester
  • Captain for PA House
  • Work 7 hours per week in the OSA
  • Assist office staff
  • Work on assigned projects
Peer Advisor Reporter:Write content for OSA newsletter, The Scoop
  • Collect content from PAs for The Scoop
  • Social media representative: Host live Q&As on Instagram or Facebook
  • Gather content for Twitter
  • Document events by taking photographs
  • Captain for PA House
  • Work 5 hours per week in the OSA
  • Assist office staff
  • Work on assigned projects
Peer Advisor Liaison:
  • Table at USM on-campus orientations or special events
  • Work with departments on campus
  • Liaise with PAs on other campuses
  • Assist the OSA with IDEW
  • Keep record of PA volunteer hours/goals
  • Scorekeeper for PA Houses
  • Work 4 hours per week in the OSA
  • Assist office staff
  • Work on assigned projects 
Benefits:Networking opportunity to potentially be hired in the field of International Education
Recommendations for future employment
Free meals at official Peer Advisor meetings
A $250* discount towards any future Southern Miss study abroad program
Friends and fun times
*Compensation is performance-based.

The 2018-19 Selection Process is finished. We will update this page once the application opens for the spring 2019 semester