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(Note: This opportunity becomes available only in October/November of each year.)

We are excited about your interest in becoming an Orientation peer advisor!

The Advising and Testing Center is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic candidates who exemplify the IUP spirit. Peer advisors will serve as peer educators, group facilitators, performers, resource persons, role models, and ambassadors for Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Position Description:

Summer Orientation is the process of assisting new students through the transition necessary for a successful collegiate experience. Peer advisors facilitate this process by providing new students with an introduction to the campus and its resources, assisting them with placement testing and registration, and acting as representatives of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Selection to become a peer advisor is an honor and a rewarding opportunity for personal and professional growth. Each year, the Advising and Testing Center selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate student leaders to assist with implementing university Orientation programs.

Requirements/Conditions of Position:

Applicants must:

  • have attained 24 credits (minimum) by the end of the 2015 spring semester while maintaining an overall grade point average of a 2.75 or higher.
  • enroll in a three-credit counseling course (COUN 253, Section 001) offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30–1:45 p.m. during the spring 2015 semester.
  • be available to work full time from approximately mid-May thru mid-July, 2015.
  • be available to work the weekend prior to the start of the fall 2015 semester and again in January prior to the start of the spring 2016 semester and on Orientation weekends (TBA) in spring 2016.
  • if accepted as a potential peer adviser, or alternate, for the COUN 253 course and peer advising, be willing to:
    1. Provide an original of your Social Security card during the spring semester. (If you do not have an original, you will need to secure this by mid-spring semester, or you cannot be hired; ADVT will explain the process.)
    2. Complete the background check information, delineated below.
    3. Complete required tax forms, when requested.
    4. Complete the required supplemental contract form, when provided.
  • be willing to participate in the IUP Judicial Record check (free of charge) prior to selection; and if selected provisionally, undergo the following background checks at a cost to be determined. (NOTE: Orientation has been paying for said checks. The university is revising procedures, so information will be updated as it is known. Orientation will attempt to continue to provide for checks as we are allowed):
    1. ACT 34 - Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record — This is to confirm whether or not an individual has a criminal record. This clearance is performed by the Pennsylvania State Police.
    2. ACT 151 - PA Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance — This clearance includes a review of a national database for any history of child abuse by an individual.
    3. ACT 114 - Federal Criminal History Record Information — The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides detailed information about fingerprinting on its website.

Applicants are not:

  • permitted to have other employment during training or Orientation sessions.
  • permitted to take classes for the duration of the Orientation program.

Employment opportunities will be available for some peer advisors in the Major and Career Exploration Center during the 2015–16 academic year.

Selection Criteria:

Students must demonstrate an interest in working with new students and parents from a variety of backgrounds. Peer advisors are selected on the basis of previous work experiences, knowledge of IUP, interpersonal and communication skills, leadership, scholarship, enthusiasm, and creativity. Final selection of the peer advisors is made after enrollment and completion of COUN 253 in the spring semester. Additionally, students should possess a warm and friendly personality and maintain a high level of visibility, approachability, and a willingness to follow a prescribed standard.


Compensation includes a stipend of $2,200 (less applicable taxes). In addition, peer advisors are provided with housing in the residence hall, meals for the program duration, and Summer Orientation t-shirts.

Application/Interview Process:

Applications must be completed online or returned to the Advising and Testing Center, 216 Pratt Hall, by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014. To download the application from the Web, go to the Orientation employment link.

Required with the application are two reference forms. The individuals providing the references should return the forms to the Advising and Testing Center by Monday, November 3, 2014. Please refer below for a timeline of when all materials should be completed or returned.

Selection Process Timeline 2014

(for summer 2015 Orientation)

October 20
Applications available online
October 23, 27, 29
Peer adviser information sessions
November 3
Applications and reference forms due by 4:00 p.m. to 216 Pratt Hall
November 10– December 9 (approx.) Peer advisor applicant interview period

Note: Applicants must have three interviews: two with former peer advisors and one with the director and assistant director.
Winter Break
Notification of status

Please return all materials to:

Craig Dillaman
Assistant Director for Orientation
Advising and Testing Center
216 Pratt Hall

Remember: To be a peer advisor, you must enroll in COUN 253 section 001, offered  Tuesday/Thursday during the spring semester! Please keep that time slot available in your class schedule.

2015 Peer Advisor Position Description
This is a description of the peer advisor position for Summer Orientation.
2015 Peer Advisor ApplicationDocument icon
Each peer applicant must complete and return the completed application to Craig Dillaman, 216 Pratt Hall, by Monday, November 3, at 4:00 p.m.
2015 Peer Advisor Reference FormDocument icon
Each peer applicant must have two reference forms completed and returned to Craig Dillaman, 216 Pratt Hall, by Monday, November 3, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Advising and Testing Center
  • Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4067
  • Fax: 724-357-2889
  • Office Hours for Orientation Questions
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.