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International Relations LC Peer Mentor

Thank you for applying for a Peer Mentor (PM) position with the Office of Learning Communities for the 2017-2018 academic year. The LC Peer Mentor is a live in student staff member that provides learning community residents academic and social support through programs and/or class initiatives pertaining to specific learning communities.  These student leaders will create educational programs, foster relationships with faculty and staff, assist first-year students in transitioning to Syracuse University, and help students become connected with academic support services and/or university services.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Must be a matriculated, full-time student in an undergraduate degree program who will be a sophomore by Fall 2017
  • Should have a Fall 2016 minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must have previously lived in Syracuse University Housing for at least one semester
  • Cannot be concurrently employed as a Resident Advisor or Orientation Leader due to positional responsibilities during first six weeks of the fall semester. Other campus leadership or academic role modeling positions are considered.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Will be required to live on the learning community floor or within the building, exceptions to this will be made on case by case basis pending the needs of the Learning Community

General Requirements & Responsibilities:

  • Full academic year position (August 20, 2017-May 6, 2018)
  • Attend Peer Mentor  Spring Welcome Reception/meeting: April 20, 2017
  • Attend and participate in Fall Peer Mentor All day retreat: August 20, 2017
  • Attend and participate in an Fall NEW Peer Mentor training: August 21, 2017
  • Attend and participate in LCRA/PM lunch meet and greet: August 24, 2017
  • Serve as an academic and social role model
  • Assist with Fall 2017 Move in as a member of the Goon Squad
  • Attend LC Palooza (September 2017) & LC Palooza 2 (April 2018)
  • Attend 2 Peer Mentor only Staff Meetings per semester
  • Attend bi weekly 1:1 meetings with Office of Learning Communities staff (as needed)
  • Assist in the coordination of the Welcome Event and Opening Activity with the Learning Community Resident Advisor (LCRA)
  • Attend and participate in Spring Peer Mentor ½ day retreat/training: January 2017
  • Complete all Peer Mentor administrative tasks: interaction logs, timesheets, emails
  • Act as a representative of the Office of Learning Communities
  • Other duties as assigned

Specific LC Requirements & Responsibilities:

In addition to completing the above tasks the Learning Community Peer Mentor is expected to fulfill the additional duties and responsibilities for their individual Learning Community set forth by the LC team.

Overview of Position

The peer mentor will provide academic leadership for first year students in the International Relations (IRLC) Learning Community. The peer mentor is a role model that supports and enhances student’s academic success and transition to the campus. The IRLC Learning Community is a fall and spring program accommodating up to 50 first-year students.


IRLC Peer Mentor must live on the IRLC floor, 3rd floor of Day hall. (A single room may be available).


  • Coordinate/facilitate review/study sessions for PSC 124 quizzes (5) and final exam (1) during the fall semester (6 hours/fall semester).
  • Attend IRLC team planning meetings (8 hours/per semester).
  • Work with IRLC staff to plan site visits (4 hours/spring semester).
  • Attend the IRLC fall retreat & spring site visits (10 hours per semester).
  • Work with IRLC RAs on IRLC program planning.
  • Support IRLC RAs in building floor community.
  • Adhere to SU and Residence Life policies.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of 2 IRLC programs/semester that involve faculty members (4 hours per semester).
  • Serve as a role model and resource for IRLC students.
  • Represent the IRLC at Spring Receptions to encourage incoming students to sign up for the IRLC (10 hours/spring semester).
  • Coordinate an IRLC service project for fall semester (10 hours/fall semester).
  • IRLC Peer Mentor should live on the IRLC floor, 3rd floor of Day hall. (A single room may be available). Preference will be given to candidates willing to live on the floor.

Fall Hours = 38
Spring Hours = 38
Roughly 40 hours/semester


  • IRLC Peer Mentor will complete a weekly timesheet and will be paid weekly for hours worked.  The total amount possible to earn will not exceed a total of $800 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Peer Mentors will also be allowed to movie in beginning August 18, 2017 at no extra charge.
  • The IRLC Peer Mentor may earn 1 academic experience credit (IRP 270/470) in the Fall semester by helping faculty member/IRLC advisor to prepare lesson plans for and to participate in one class discussion session each week in PSC 124 International Relations.  These “Fun Friday” sessions use music, graphics/videos, and interactive exercises to illustrate and bring to life the major themes/concepts explored in the course for that week’s unit.  The IRLC Peer Mentor may earn 1 credit for this “teaching practicum.”


  • Application Opens: Sunday, November 13, 2016
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017