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Peer Advisor (FWS Optional)

Date: Mar 6, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

About the Department/Unit

The AU Career Center teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni how to develop educational and career goals, decision-making skills, and job search strategies needed to manage their professional and academic pursuits. We serve students and alumni of SOC, SOE, SPA, CAS, and SIS first- and second- year students.
The AU Career Center in Butler Pavilion is a bustling office full of opportunity for part-time student employees. Students work alongside nearly 30 full-time staff members and help to deliver career services and resources to thousands of AU students and alumni. Many Career Center student employees go on to land high quality internships, national scholarships, and great full-time jobs after graduation.

Position Summary

Do you enjoy assisting your fellow students? Do you want a fun and rewarding part-time position?
The AU Career Center is recruiting Peer Advisors for the 2023-2024 academic year. Join a team of undergraduates who are trained to promote Career Center services and resources and to provide individual and group advising to fellow AU students.
Apply now! The deadline for this application is Monday, April 3rd at 5:00pm ET. To apply, submit an AU application via AU Jobs. Consistent with best job search practices, we highly encourage you to submit a resume and cover letter with your application. Applications without these documents will still be evaluated. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by mid-April. 


Note: Comprehensive training is provided prior to the start of the semester.
  • Hold office hours to meet with undergraduate students, providing feedback on resumes and cover letters and introducing students to Career Center resources.
  • Schedule and deliver classroom presentations promoting Career Center services.
  • Attend weekly Peer Advisor team meetings.
  • Conduct workshops for student organizations on career development topics.
  • Plan and develop social media content.
  • Attend and assist with Career Center events.
  • Greet visitors and occasionally assist callers. 

Time Commitment

  • Participate in mandatory paid training sessions the week before fall classes begin
  • Work 8-10 hours per week, mostly Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM, but some evening and weekend hours may be requested

What You'll Gain

  • Expertise in career exploration, the job and internship search, resumes and cover letters
  • Sharper skills in public speaking, networking, and collaboration
  • An expanded network of Career Center staff, advisors, AU faculty, and employers
  • Experience in event planning, social media, marketing, and customer service

Salary Range

  • $17/ hour

Required Qualifications

  • Current undergraduate student who has completed at least one semester at American University
  • Availability to work 8-10 hours per week throughout both fall and spring semesters, excluding school breaks
  • Genuine interest in assisting students of all backgrounds with career-related needs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Time management skills, reliability, and a willingness to receive feedback  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Diplomacy, friendliness, cultural competence, and a sense of humor will help the successful Peer Advisor interact with the Career Center’s diverse clientele.
  • Experience with Microsoft programs such as Outlook, Teams, and Word
  • Familiarity with Instagram
Note: These preferred qualifications would contribute to being successful in this position. Some candidates may feel that they must have all the skills and experience before applying; we remind you that this is not the case. We will consider other relevant qualifications when evaluating your application for this position. We strongly encourage students of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

Additional Information

  • Federal Work Study can be applied to this position, but it is not required. Federal Work Study award students are encouraged to apply.
  • The AU Career Center strives to combat racism and advance equity in our work for AU students, alumni, and staff. This work is ongoing and incomplete, and we are committed to listening and acting to help everyone achieve their professional goals. The Career Center strives to ensure that our student staff reflect the diversity of AU students' identities and lived experiences.
  • If you have questions about the Peer Advisor program or the application process, please email the hiring manager Megan Fariel at

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