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Remote Peer Mentor Recruitment

Applications open now through January 31, 2021!
Undergraduate Student Position

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Summer Programs Peer Mentor! We annually recruit Peer Mentors to train during the spring quarter and serve in their position during the Summer Session. 

The goal of the Summer Session Peer Mentors are to serve as role models and resources to incoming new students and a cohort of high school students interested in advancing their academic careers by taking classes during the summer. Peer Mentors support the transition to academic and campus life at UCSC by sharing their campus knowledge and experience as current students with the goal of assisting mentees in successfully navigating academics and campus life. 

Peer Mentors communicate with program participants regularly and are the initial go-to when students can use academic, emotional and transitional support. A successful Peer Mentor is an organized leader with strong event planning and communication skills who sets the tone in creating inclusive, brave, and fun learning environments for new students. Accountability, motivation and creativity are essential to this role. Peer Mentors plan and organize weekly extracurricular and co-curricular virtual activities and events. They take the lead on coordinating workshops, promoting resources and are responsible for leading and managing many aspects of the virtual student experience for our summer programs.

We hope you will consider applying for a position on our team!


Position Qualifications

To qualify for a Peer Mentor position, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have successfully completed the Summer Edge or High School Summer University program in prior years or have previous experience as an Edge or High School Summer University Peer Mentor


  • Have leadership experience on campus as Peer Mentor, Orientation Leader, Resident Advisor, etc. or have leadership experience in an off-campus professional role
  • Be in good academic standing during the application process and throughout employment (minimum 2.5 GPA Quarterly & Cumulative)


  • Must be in good student conduct standing (good student conduct standing is defined as anything below probation, and after submitting an application, candidates must not be found responsible for any campus policy violation)


  • Demonstrate a commitment to upholding the university’s Principles of Community as well as the Summer Session Four Pillars (see below)

Summer Session Four Pillars:

Academic Success and Life Skills
  • Developing intentional spaces where students can learn academic, communication, and transferable skills that can be used to achieve academic goals
  • Creating opportunities for students to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills that will aid students in their professional and personal endeavors beyond their college experience.
Community Engagement
  • Fostering spaces where students can participate in, develop a personal responsibility for, or learn more about how to become more involved in their communities, including: residence halls, college, UC Santa Cruz, town of Santa Cruz, the nation, and the world.
Identity, Self Exploration, and Personal Well-Being
  • Providing space and opportunities for students to reflect on their own values, interests, goals, and future
  • Fostering spaces where students can learn more about, celebrate, and honor their own identities and the identities of others in their community
Principles of Community
  • Creating safe, brave spaces where students are supported in their learning about the UC Santa Cruz Principles of Community, including their purpose and value to fostering a supportive, inclusive, and equitable campus community

Successful candidates who will become the 2021 Summer Programs Peer Mentors must:

  • Attend each session of the Peer Mentor Spring Training (normally on Fridays from 9 a.m- 12 noon during spring quarter)
  • Maintain communication with the Summer Programs Coordinator and look for any emails regarding hiring/onboarding tasks such as fingerprinting and accounts setup
  • Complete the required Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training either before spring quarter or during training (if offered). Hired candidates who already have MHFA certificates valid through September 2021 are exempt. 
  • Be available 20 hours per week which will include a required weekly plenary meeting to be scheduled in advance.

Important Dates and Deadlines


Virtual Information Sessions (Optional):
Info Session Dates and Zoom Links
Date Time (Pacific) Zoom Link
January 13, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm (PST) Session Ended
January 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am (PST) Session Ended
January 19, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm (PST)
January 21, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am (PST)

∗ If you have questions but cannot attend an information session, please email


January 31 @11:59pm (PST) - Application deadline. Make sure the following materials are submitted:

  1. Complete the UCSC “ER System” Career Center Application:

    • Remote Summer Programs Peer Mentor - ER 15930
    • Both workstudy and non workstudy
  2. Submit the Supplemental Application

  3. Have TWO (2) references submit their Reference Request Form
  4. Submit a PDF of your resume to: 

Questions? Contact the Summer Programs Coordinator:

Lindsay Osborne:

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