Become a Peer Consultant

Peer Consultants participate in a year-long internship course that places a team of undergraduate students in positions of management throughout the Social Sciences Academic Resource Center (SSARC). Students receive professional training and development during the academic year to prepare for future career positions. This course is 4 units Pass/No Pass ranging from 80 – 100 hours of service. Peer Consultants are expected to run the daily operations of the Center, guide students with the graduate school application process, connect students to faculty mentored research, and advise students on obtaining academic internships and career-development opportunities.


 Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current student at UCI and majoring in the School of Social Sciences
  • Preference given to students holding a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Be able to enroll in Social Science 194C for 4 units P/NP during Fall 2022, Winter and Spring 2023
  • Be available to participate in supplementary training (Spring 2022) and summer training (September 14-15)
  • Be available to work 7-10 hours a week during the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Be available to attend weekly team meetings during the scheduled Social Science 194C course time and most SSARC related events

Internship Objectives
Throughout the course of the SSARC internship program, students will:

  • Obtain strong leadership, management, and program planning skills
  • Develop knowledge about career development, graduate school preparation, campus involvement, research and scholarship opportunities
  • Learn about University resources and services in the School of Social Sciences
  • Gain cooperative working skills through training and team development activities
  • Guide and support peers with academic and professional development
  • Enhance public speaking and oral/written communication skills
  • Receive academic credit through the Social Sciences 194C Management Practicum course

Roles & Responsibilities
Peer Consultants are responsible for:

  • Offering assistance and consultation to students in the School of Social Sciences about career development, graduate school preparation, campus involvement, research and scholarship opportunities
  • Upholding professionalism when interacting with University faculty, staff, administrators, students, and employers
  • Assisting with the daily functions and front desk operations of the Center
  • Planning and hosting events to educate and build community among Social Sciences undergraduate students, faculty, and campus partners. Evaluating and writing up feedback after completion of each program
  • Marketing and publicizing SSARC programs and services; developing promotional materials
  • Updating internship and graduate school databases; executing special projects
  • Participating in training during spring and summer prior to employment, as well as ongoing training and team development throughout the year
  • Attending all weekly SSARC team meetings and being an involved member of the School of Social Sciences community
  • Maintaining awareness of University and School of Social Sciences resources, support services, and opportunities
  • Adhering to FERPA policies and protecting the confidentiality of private student information
  • Being a strong advocate for UCI and School of Social Sciences

Application Components & Timeline
As part of your application, you will submit the following:

  • Online application form
  • One-page résumé

To be considered, completed applications must be submitted by the extended deadline of Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Interviews for selected candidates will take place from March 1-11. Final selections and notifications will be emailed by March 15. UCI Gmail log-in required to access application. 


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