Thank you for your interest in working with us. Please review the information below to learn more about the Peer Adviser position! Our application will reopen in January 2025.

Position Description

Under the guidance of UAA Academic Advisers, Peer Advisers will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide one-on-one drop-in advising to undergraduate students 
  • Manage the office’s high-volume email account, responding to and fielding questions from current and prospective students
  • Help students navigate and gain awareness and understanding of UW registration policies, general degree requirements, and the Areas of Inquiry
  • Guide students in accessing the many academic resources available at the UW such as MyPlan, DARS, and Academic Support Programs
  • Support students with course scheduling and registration
  • Provide appropriate referrals to departmental advisers and campus offices (such as Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, LiveWell, etc.)
  • Learn, understand, and interpret Federal, State, and University rules and regulations
  • Complete administrative responsibilities including the creation of marketing materials, presentations, and data entry
  • Special projects as assigned

Pay rate: Hourly Wage: $19.97 per hour

Hours:  Average of 6 - 10 hours per week. 

  • Peer Advisers will each work an average of 6 - 10 hours per week with a weekly staff meeting. 
  • Schedules will vary from quarter to quarter based upon availability and class schedule. 
  • Schedules are provided at the start of each quarter. 

Work location: On-campus Operations: Mary Gates Hall 141

Job ID in Handshake: #8550061

Department Description

Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising (UAA Advising) is a centralized advising office that serves all new and current pre-major UW students, returning UW students, and prospective transfer students. As educators, advisers guide and support students in exploring, questioning, and navigating the events and significance of their undergraduate education.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, and strive to create an inclusive learning environment with students. 

Dates and Commitments

Paid employment term: April 1, 2024 - June 6, 2025

Spring Quarter 2024
Mandatory Staff Training (in person, on campus)
Mondays 2:30-4:20, starting April 1, 2024

September 16-20, 2024
Mandatory Staff Training and Shadowing (in person, on campus)
Monday & Tuesday: 9 AM – 5 PM, Wednesday - Friday: shadowing hours will vary

September 23, 2024: Advising Start Date 

Possible Summer Hours
June 17 - September 13, 2024 (Subject to office staffing needs)
Potential Summer Advising & Orientation Support 
10 AM – 4 PM, up to 6 hours daily


Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree-seeking undergraduate student at the UW Seattle campus who is enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per quarter in Autumn 2024 and Winter 2025
  • Students applying for this role through Work Study must be enrolled full time in Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills applied in-person and in professional writing
  • Highly motivated and proven ability to work independently
  • Experience working with diverse populations of students, staff, and faculty
  • Capacity for discretion, diplomacy, and privacy regarding sensitive student matters and protected information
  • Genuine interest in working with and helping fellow students
  • Good academic standing with at least a 2.7 GPA
  • Completion of two quarters at the UW prior to start date (Autumn Quarter 2024)

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in similar or related activities (e.g., Orientation Leader, Resident Advisor, CUADSS Student Associate, Student Government/Club Executive Officer, work with young adults, or other Peer Advising positions)
  • Experience facilitating workshops or giving group presentations
  • Pattern of excellent attendance, reliability, and punctuality in prior positions
  • Completion of six quarters at the UW prior to start date (Autumn Quarter 2024)
Application and Selection Process

Sunday, January 28: Application due 

Review the information session materials and submit your application
Completed applications are due by Sunday, January 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST via online submission.  Late applications for any reason will not be considered. 

Mid-February:  Invitation to interview
You can expect an email to your email regarding the status of your application.

February 20-February 29: Individual interviews in MGH 141

Early March: Peer Adviser offers
After individual interviews are finished, you will receive an email to your account regarding the status of your application. 

If offered the role, you will have around 1 week to accept the offer.

Application questions

  1. What about your previous work or volunteer experience is most relevant to the Peer Adviser position?   Please provide an example of how your prior experiences prepared you to be a successful peer adviser.  Max 500 words
    • HINT: This can be any work or volunteer experience (child care, retail, clubs, etc.) and does not need to be directly related to academic peer advising. 
  2. What motivated you to apply to the peer adviser position?  What do you hope to learn or gain from this experience?  Max 300 words.
  3. As a peer adviser, you will work with students and colleagues from a diverse set of backgrounds, identities, and experiences.  Tell us about your experience engaging with diverse groups.  Why is diversity and inclusion important to you?  Max 300 words.
  4. Peer Advisers are responsible for managing the main UAA Advising email account and responding to student concerns in a timely, professional manner. Please draft a response to the sample email below. Be sure to include a greeting, an email signature that identifies you as a Peer Adviser, and a response of no more than 300 words. 

    Dear Peer Adviser,  

    I am really struggling in my Math 124 class right now and at a loss of what to do. I’m worried getting a low grade in the course will hurt my chances of getting into my major. I’d really like to come talk to someone soon. How can I do that? Can you also help me find information about when the last day to S/NS the course is?  



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