What is a Peer Advisor?

Peer Advisors (PAs) are the people to know for the places to go!

They are a group of students who serve as a resource to inspire interest in study abroad by enthusiastically sharing their personal insight and providing first-hand knowledge and information about the opportunities offered by Southern Miss. Each semester, the Office of International Programs (OIP) selects 8-12 peer advisors to serve for a semester or an academic year.

NEW this year (2013-2014 academic year), students may apply for specific roles within the Peer Advisor team!

In addition to general responsibilities as outlined below, students have the opportunity to apply for positions that may highlight certain strengths and skills they have.

Are you passionate about inspiring your peers to study abroad AND a social media maniac? If so, you might consider applying for the Social and Campus Media Chair position! A complete list of officer opportunities can be found below, as well as further information about general responsibilities, qualifications, compensation and how to apply!

We hope you will consider applying to be a part of the 2013-2014 Peer Advisor Team!


Social and Campus Media Chair

  • Assists in maintaining an active feed via various social media accounts
  • Serves as International Club member to submit announcements via campus media outlets
  • Works closely with the Director of Marketing to create "The Scoop" campaign for upcoming academic year

International Club Liaison

  • Serves as the official liaison to the International Club student organization, ensuring the club is aware of upcoming events pertaining to international education
  • Works with club leaders to develop the group's activites and visibility on campus

International Education Week Chair

  • Coordinates Study Abroad Student Essay Contest as part of IEW
  • Coordinates Cultural Perspective Student Photo Contest as part of IEW
  • Works with various other campus organizations and departments to successfully plan, market and implement IEW at Southern Miss

Digital Media Chair

  • Creates YouTube/Vimeo shorts to market study abroad
  • Creates commercials to advertise upcoming meetings/events on campus
  • Works closely with the Social Media Chair to ensure digital media is being broadcasted across all social media channels
  • Captures student perspectives on camera before, during, and after program experiences
  • Captures office staff and faculty directors in creative was which further the promotion and awareness of study abroad

International Exchange Student Liaison

  • Works with the Exchange Programs Coordinator to plan events/trips/outtings/socials on campus etc. 
  • Assists coordinator throughout academic year with student arrivals, airport pick-ups/drop-offs, Wal-Mart runs, and other events
  • Continuously and creatively works to further integration between incoming/outgoing exchange students and outgoing/returning study abroad students


  • Advise students on the basics of study abroad including available programs (semester, year, and summer), application deadlines and procedures, etc.
  • Mentor incoming and outgoing exchange students
  • Attend initial training sessions and regular meetings throughout each semester
  • Attend and in many cases assist in welcome/farewell events/barbeques/lunches for our visiting international exchange students
  • Assist International Programs with International Education Week, recruitment events, email campaigns, specific projects (as assigned) and pre-departure orientation sessions
  • Present information to groups on campus including residence halls, student organizations, selected classes, etc.
  • Maintain office hours in the International Programs office (usually 2 hours per week) and schedule advising appointments to speak with interested students about study abroad during these hours
  • Staff general information tables, participate in Study Abroad Fairs, and assist in the coordination of the Study Abroad Photo Contest
  • Contribute ideas, feedback, and suggestions from the student perspective
  • Talk about your study abroad experience to people who will listen, whenever you can
  • Other duties as assigned or as suggested by you!


Peer Advisors commit to the current academic year, and volunteer a minimum of 5 hours per week, which includes in-office hours advising students on what program might suit them best, or assisting applicants prior to their departure. Upon selection Peer Advisors must attend 2 training sessions which is planned around the group's schedule.


  • Networking opportunity to potentially be hired in the field of International Education one day
  • Recommendations for future employment
  • A one-of-a-kind peer advisor t-shirt
  • An International Education Week t-shirt
  • A gift card to Barnes and Nobles
  • Free meals at official PA meetings
  • A discount on any Southern Miss study abroad program
  • Friends and Fun times!

Picture this on your resume:


The University of Southern Mississippi [dates]

Student representative of the Office of International Programs. Served as a resource to inspire interest in study abroad by enthusiastically sharing personal insight and providing first-hand knowledge and information about opportunities offered by Southern Miss. Etc...

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