The International Peer Advisor program is aimed at assisting in the transition of incoming F-1 and J-1 students and scholars and providing support on a personal, social, and academic level to freshman, transfer and graduate students and scholars.  

International Peer Advisors (IPAs) serve as members of the Center for Global Engagement staff and will assist with the new international student pre-arrival and arrival process, mentoring, and the fall and spring international student orientation programs.

Qualifications to be an IPA:

  • Current, full-time F-1 or J-1 student with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • In good standing with the CSI ( e.g. not on disciplinary probation)
  • Knowledge of social media- Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, blogs, etc.
  • Good working knowledge of different computer applications and programs ( e.g. Microsoft Work, Mac, Power Point, Excel, Photo Shop, etc.)

The following characteristics are essential to the IPA position:

  • Sense of responsibility                       
  • Comfort addressing students, parents, and faculty
  • Ability to relate to variety of personality types
  • Ability to work with a diverse group
  • Creativity
  • Leadership ability
  • Good interpersonal and communication and writing skills
  • Flexibility
  • Sense of Humor
  • Commitment to work hours

Responsibilities of an IPA:

  • Greet and welcome new international students and scholars, and provide information about Orientation workshops, social events, Center for Global Engagement services, and CUNY and CSI services and resources through different social media channels and in person
  • Speak to small groups of international students and scholars about topics related to getting started and getting settled at CSI, including ID cards, banking, transportation, housing, cell phones, driver’s licenses, social security numbers, etc.
  • Contribute to the International Center Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, blogs and other social media with posts describing your personal experiences making the initial adjustment to CSI and the U.S.
  • Share your experiences and suggestions with newly admitted and current international students through social media, videos, and online chats and other forums.
  • Other duties as assigned that relate to enhancing international student services at CSI

Those students who are selected to be International Peer Advisors will complete a two-hour training and then be required to participate in monthly meetings throughout the academic year. The time commitment, including training, meetings, and regularly scheduled peer advising hours will be approximately 3-5 hours per week, depending upon students’ availability and the schedule of activities and/or events. International Student Peer Advisors must be available to attend the check-in and orientation program for new international students in mid-August and mid-January. While not required, International Student Peer Advisors are strongly encouraged to attend other events held by the Center, including International Coffee Hours, World on Wednesday (WOW) lectures and International Education Week activities.  Upon successful completion of the Program, including participation in program evaluation, International Student Peer Advisors will be recognized with a certificate of completion from the Center for Global Engagement.

Procedure to Apply:

Submit a resume and application to the Center for Global Engagement, Building 2A, Room 206 or by email to: intstudy@csi.cuny.edu by Monday, April 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. A review of applicants and interviews will take place the last week of April/first week of May, with decisions made around May 11th.