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The Office of International Education (OIE) at the University of Colorado Boulder consists of Education Abroad (EA) & International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). OIE’s mission is to actively promote international and intercultural understanding and to enrich the academic and cultural environment of CU Boulder by facilitating the exchange of people and ideas. OIE brings CU to the world and the world to CU.
Education Abroad administers over 400 CU Boulder-sponsored programs in more than 70 countries around the world. Over 1,500 CU Boulder students study on CU Boulder programs annually. The mission of the Education Abroad unit is to provide students with a comprehensive selection of academically-sound and experientially-rich education abroad programs that foster their personal development and prepare them to successfully engage in a globally-interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Position Description

The Education Abroad Office invites applications for the position of Peer Advisor within the Education Abroad unit. The Education Abroad Peer Advisor advises on EA’s full portfolio of programs, providing general programmatic information on a drop-in basis. The Peer Advisor also guides potential applicants through the education abroad process, including selecting a program, applying, pre-departure preparation, and returning to the U.S. The Peer Advisor enthusiastically, yet accurately, promotes the concept of education abroad and available CU Boulder-approved opportunities. In addition to one-on-one advising, the Peer Advisor supports the day-to-day functions of the office, including special projects, clerical duties, introductory presentations, and outreach to groups of prospective applicants and campus visitors.



  • General advising in one-on-one and group settings;
  • Guide students through all phases of the education abroad process including students who are currently abroad and education abroad returnees;
  • Respond to inquiries via telephone, email, and online chat;
  • Attend bi-weekly advising team meetings;
  • Retain and disseminate general information about CU Boulder education abroad programs;
  • Use education abroad-specific software for application tracking;
  • Communicate in a timely fashion with the advising and program management teams to ensure good customer service;
  • Present to prospective applicants and campus constituencies to increase participation in education abroad by all members of the CU Boulder student community, including populations underrepresented in study abroad.

Office Support

  • Clerical and/or administrative duties, including data collection, and updates to office and advising resources; 
  • Assist with education abroad fairs, events, and orientations, including preparation and facilitation;
  • Assist with website maintenance;
  • Develop promotional materials and assist with other advertising initiatives;
  • Other projects as determined by the skill set of the Peer Advisor and the needs of the office. (i.e. projects with excel, photoshop, adobe premiere, etc.)


Applicants must:
  1. Have completed an approved CU Boulder education abroad program; (program must have been a least 2 weeks long);

  2. Be current University of Colorado Boulder students and maintain student status during the term of employment;

  3. Take no more than 16 credit hours per semester. Due to the demanding nature of this position, we will not consider applicants who are taking 17 credits or more.

  4. Commit to a full-year position and work as delineated below for two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring), not including vacation periods;

    This commitment is important since very extensive training is provided. You may not apply if you are graduating earlier than May 2021. This position does not require or guarantee summer 2021 employment.

  5. Be available to work at least two full advising shifts each week. Applicants available for three or four advising shifts are preferred;

    An advising shift is 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Shifts cannot be scheduled back-to-back on the same day, so your schedule must allow for two full shifts on different weekdays.

  6. Be available to work a minimum of 7 hours per week (15-20 hours possible), with occasional evening and weekend work in addition to scheduled hours.

  7. Attend advisor meetings from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. Typically every other week (day to be announced based on peer team class schedules).

  8. Be able to participate in all components of the training process. Please read on for a full description of the time and equipment requirements for training.

  9. Successful applicants may be required to pass a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills;

  2. Demonstrated attention to detail;

  3. High proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access and Publisher;

  4. Familiarity with internet-based applications;

  5. Demonstrated initiative and interest in the field of international education;

  6. Ability to multitask and handle stressful situations in a professional, courteous and friendly manner;

  7. Enthusiasm for development of new skills and knowledge.

Compensation & Benefits

As an Education Abroad Peer Advisor, you will:
  • Develop or improve transferable professional skills including interpersonal communication, advising and computer skills, public speaking, public relations and print advertising;
  • Increase your international competence;
  • Train in specialized office software, used widely in the field of international education;
  • Work with professionals who are passionate about their field;
  • Gain valuable experience in the field of international education, specifically education abroad;
Compensation: This position is paid hourly; pay is allocated on a bi-weekly basis. Compensation is awarded for all hours worked, including training, all mandatory meetings, and any nights or weekend events. The pay rate is $13.50 per hour. 

Mandatory Training

It is required that you are available for the interview and training dates specified below. You will be compensated for the training on an hourly basis. If you are unable to meet any of the time or technology requirements, please consider applying for the Marketing & Outreach Intern position.
Monday, June 1st, 2020 Application deadline No late applications will be accepted. 
Friday, June 5th, 2020 Interviewees will be contacted. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. Those not selected for an interview will also receive notification.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 - Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Interviews If selected for an interview, your interview will be scheduled between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST on one of the days listed. Each interview will last 20-30 minutes.
Interviews for all selected candidates will be conducted via Zoom with Webcam. This requires that you have a computer available with the following:
  • reliable internet access
  • web camera
  • microphone
Please ensure that you have access to the necessary equipment during your appointment time.
Monday, July 13 – Friday, August 7, 2020
Start and end dates are tentative and will be confirmed with selected applicants.
Online distance training Training during this time will require regular (weekly) internet and email access. 
You should expect to devote 5-10 hours per week to the training tasks.
August 10-14 and 17-21, 2020 On-site training
(at the Education Abroad Office)
Training will be held Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Education Abroad Office:
University of Colorado Boulder
Center for Community, Suite S355

To Apply

Click the link below to access the Peer Advisor Application. The deadline to complete this application for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is Monday, June 1st, 2020. Once you have started the application, you can access and edit it in your MyCUAbroad portal.  Please continue to login to your portal to complete the application, the same way you applied for your study abroad program. 



Questions concerning the Education Abroad Peer Advisor position, the application process, and the training may be directed to Scott Funk, at