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 Study Abroad (OSA) selects 18-20 peer advisors to serve for a semester or an academic year.

Internships: Beginning the fall semester, students may apply for specific roles and internships within the Peer Advisor team! See below for internship positions available for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

The PA Team is sectioned into three committees based on the type of program you most recently participated in. We hope you will consider applying to be a part of the 2017-2018 Peer Advisor Team!



Short-term non-language program

  • British Studies Program

  • Music in Vienna

  • Tropical Ecology in Belize

  • Forensic Science Field Study in Canada

  • History and Social Work in Cuba

  • Tropical Biology in The Galapagos

  • Reformation and International Law in France

  • Justice and Human Rights in Italy

  • Business and Culture in Japan and South Korea

Short-term language program

  • French in France

  • Spanish in Peru

  • Spanish in Spain


Long-term program

  • The Château Program

  • International Exchange Program

  • Semester in Spain



The Scoop Intern

  • Write bi-weekly newsletter

  • Come up with ideas for feature stories

  • Has strong writing skills

  • Able to meet strict deadlines

  • Works closely with Study Abroad Coordinator, Jessica Bunales

If you enjoy writing, there are opportunities for you to write features for The Scoop. Please contact Jessica Bunales for more details.


The International Diversity and Education Week Intern

  • Create social media plan

  • Collect raffle items from local businesses & the Peer Advisors

  • Work with OSA to organize events to promote IDEW

  • Organize and staff passport tables

  • Reach out to student organizations for participation in IDEW

  • Work with Hannah to communicate with offices and departments on campus for participation in IDEW

  • Reach out to sororities and fraternities to promote the event


The High School Visit Day Intern

  • Put together an itinerary for high school groups

  • Contact & work with high school groups

  • Work with departments/organizations on campus to organize visits & speakers

  • Reserve locations for visits & speakers

  • Delegate tasks within the peer advisor group

  • Work with parking management, eagle dining, etc. for logistics



  • Attend one meeting per month

  • 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/barbecues/lunches for our visiting international exchange students

  • Assist the Office of Study Abroad with International Diversity and Education Week, recruitment events, email campaigns, study abroad fairs, specific projects (as assigned), go to class visits, and pre-departure orientation sessions

  • Contribute ideas, feedback, and suggestions from the student perspective

  • Share your study abroad experience with others

  • Other duties as assigned or as suggested by you!



Peer Advisors commit to the current academic year, and volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week, which may vary based on your committee (internship positions will differ), assisting students prior to their departure. Upon selection, Peer Advisors must attend 1 training session.



  • Networking opportunity to potentially be hired in the field of International Education

  • Recommendations for future employment

  • A gift card*

  • Free meals at official PA meetings

  • A $250 discount* towards any future Southern Miss study abroad program

  • Friends and Fun times

*Compensation is based on your performance and efforts


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