Open Student Positions

Peer Advisor/Program Assistant

Each academic year the IS Program benefits enormously from the leadership of our Peer Advisors, and we invite you to consider serving in this important role during the 2024-25 academic year. We are looking for a diverse team of hard-working IS seniors and juniors with excellent writing and communication skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to help other students flourish in the IS Program.

International Studies Peer Advisors are crucial contributors to the IS Program, and we take great care in selecting them each year. Our peer advisors actually serve in two related but distict roles: 

  • As peer advisors they are given special training, and they draw upon on their own experiences, to advise prospective and current majors and minors about all aspects of the IS Program. Among the many issues they discuss with other students: admission requirements and process, graduation requirements, choosing a concentration, identifying relevant courses and faculty members, making the most of study abroad, deciding whether to write a thesis, tips for job and internship searches, and more. 

  • As program assistants, they are part of the IS Program staff, which works together to do everything we do: send out the weekly newsletter, manage the web site, plan academic and social events, organize career conversations with alumni, and lead special projects, and more. 

In both of these roles, these students are visible leaders in the IS Program who are encouraged to be proactive in our efforts to build community, keep everyone informed, and make the Program as good as it can be for all of us. Some of both aspects of the position will be in person, and some aspects will be remote/online. In all cases you'll work closely with the IS Program director (Prof. Owens), associate director (Prof. Nakazato), and program administrators (Patricia Joyce, Maria Ordoñez); hours may vary each week but we have weekly staff meetings, and we use Slack, Google Drive, Google Docs, and a variety of other collaboration tools to complete our projects.  

Who can apply? What are you looking for? 

We are seeking a diverse team of hard-working senior/junior IS majors with excellent writing and communication skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to help other students flourish in the IS Program. 

How many hours per week are expected? Is this a paid position?

Peer advisors are paid approximately $15/hour. You should expect to work 4-6 hours per week, depending on how many peer advisors we have in that year. More hours may be available at different times, depending on scheduling needs. 

Who is eligible to apply? 

Junior and senior IS majors. Students planning to study abroad can apply but would only work during the semester they are here on campus. 

How and when do I apply? 

Fill out the application form by end of day on Friday, April 12 and upload a cover letter and a CV/resume. Applications received after that date will be considered if all positions haven't yet been filled, but prioritiy will be given to applicants who applied on time.

Application Form

Additional questions?

Contact Prof. Owens or one of our current Peer Advisors.

Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. We encourage applications from candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university, please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity. Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.