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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 one to two hours per week in the OSA, which will offer hands-on International Education experience. Additionally, 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.
  • Assist in arrivals and orientation for incoming exchange students (August 19th-23rd)
  • 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 Team
This team will consist of 3 PAs who will work closely with the OSA staff to complete the following tasks:
  • Schedule PAs for outreach events
  • Organize and lead monthly meetings
  • Work 5 hours per week in the OSA
  • Work on assigned projects
  • Assist in creating 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

  • 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.
Application: The 2019-20 Selection Process is closed. 
Peer Advisor Check-in: Outreach Hours