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Become a Peer Advisor

Peer advisors play a vital role in achieving the GEO’s mission to inspire interest in study abroad by providing students personal insight, knowledge and information about study abroad.

  • Current Virginia Tech undergraduate student
  • Preferably previous participation in a study abroad program (experience living, working, interning, or completing service-learning abroad; experiences in intercultural engagement; application for a cancelled study abroad program; or similar experience may also be considered in lieu of study abroad)
  • GPA 2.5 minimum
  • Passionate about study abroad and willing to share your experiences
  • Available to work 10 hours per week during the academic year
  • Able to commit for a whole academic year (we do not have any semester positions)
  • Represent the office in a professional manner with excellent customer skills
  • Ability to relate to students from different backgrounds (open minded, sensitive, respectful)
  • Possess strong communication skills (diplomacy, listening skills)
  • Comfortable with presentations and public speaking
  • Self-directed, ability to take initiative
  • Detail oriented, organized, flexible
  • Good computer skills (Excel, Word)

The main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advising (20%)
    • Assist students on an appointment and walk-in basis
    • advise students on study abroad options that best fit their personal and academic needs
    • Provide timely and accurate responses to email and phone inquiries
    • Provide students with information on study abroad policies and procedures
  • Office duties (60 %)
    • Front office (greet visitors, answer the phone)
    • Process GEO documents
    • File management
    • Update databases (scholarships, visa information, internships, non-VT programs)
    • Conduct online research projects
    • Complete other office duties as assigned
  • Outreach (20%)
    • Schedule and deliver classroom presentations
    • Assist at GEO events (pre-flight meeting, fall fair, info booths etc.)

This is a student wage position ($15 per hour)

  • Mostly office hours (8:00 am – 5:00 pm), with some evening and weekend hours (during events)
  • Schedules are based on your availability (around your class schedule)
  • Employment begins at the start of the fall semester and ends after spring commencement
  • There is an option for 1 or 2 incoming peer advisors to start work during the summer  

On average, we hire 5 peer advisors per academic year

Apply by February 20 by sending your completed application and materials to

The deadline every year is February 20 (by midnight)

  • There are 2 interview rounds (first round with current peer advisors, final round with GEO staff)
  • If you’re abroad in the spring and selected for an interview, it can be conducted through Skype

All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks after the application deadline

  • Shadow training April / May (if you’re abroad in the spring, we will make special training arrangements)
  • Mandatory single training session scheduled the Friday before the start of the fall semester
  • On-the-job training continues throughout the year