Apply to be a Mentor
Success Mentors and Career Peers are current MSU students who are
selected because of their leadership potential, enthusiasm, academic record, and desire to help their
fellow Bobcats achieve their goals at MSU. Success Mentors and Career Peers work as peer mentors
with incoming freshmen, assisting them in making a smooth transition to college life through
participation in the Adventures MSU or Trailheads MSU programs. Career Peers work with students
attending Trailheads MSU and Success Mentors work with students attending Adventures MSU.
Responsibilities of Success Mentors and Career Peers:
- Mentors will assist students in making a successful transition to university life
them make progress toward fulfilling their academic and career goals.
- Mentors will maintain contact with their assigned students and provide support to
as they navigate university life.
- Mentors will help their students network with peers, faculty, career professionals,
- Mentors will refer students to appropriate resources on campus, including SmartyCats
tutoring, the Office of Student Engagement, Counseling and Psychological Services, student
success advising, career coaching, and academic advising.
- During the fall semester, mentors meet with each of their students individually and in
groups, attend CheckPoint classes and periodically check in with their students.
What Success Mentors and Career Peers offer to their students:
- A positive role model
- Personalized guidance and mentoring
- Experience and knowledge about how to be a successful college student
- Information on campus policies and procedures
- Information about academic resources, co-curricular activities, and social life at MSU
- Referrals to important on-campus resources
To qualify you must:
- At the time of applying for the position have at least a 3.0 GPA, be in good academic
standing, and maintain this status during employment
- Be a full-time student at MSU with no active judicial record
- Have completed at least two full semesters of college, by fall 2020
- Have a genuine desire to work with your fellow students
- Have the ability to relate to students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities
- Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
- Have the ability and desire to work as a team member
- Feel comfortable leading a group of 7-10 students
- Have basic understanding of university policies and procedures
Success Mentors and Career Peers must demonstrate the following characteristics:
Training and Required Activities:
You must be available for the mentor/peer training on August 6, 2020, as well as the
three-day main event (Adventures MSU or Trailheads MSU) Sunday, August 9, through Tuesday,
August 11. Mentors will continue to have contact with students throughout the fall semester, with
the potential to continue through the full academic year for required check-in classes and activities
planned by the mentor. Please note: the August 9-11 workdays will exceed eight hours.
Success Mentors and Career Peers will be compensated on a stipend with $380 for the August 6 training and the August 9-11 program dates and $9.50/hour during the academic semester for the time they spend taking part in Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success programs and activities, as well as time spent checking in with students.
As a Success Mentor or Career Peer you will:
- Meet new people. Being a mentor affords you the opportunity to meet new people,
including key MSU faculty and staff, community leaders, fellow mentors, and your peers.
- Earn money. Mentors are compensated for their involvement.
- Learn new skills. Mentors receive training in communication and personal skills, campus
resources, leadership development, and conflict resolution.
- Gain experience and enhance your resume. Being a Success Mentor or Career Peer will
prepare you for future leadership and professional opportunities.
Interested? Fill in the form below to apply!
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