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Peer Mentor Recruitment Process

2020 Application period from December 19, 2019, through January 31, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Summer Session 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 their new students, by supporting their transition to academic and campus life at UCSC. Peer Mentors share their campus knowledge and experience as current students to assist mentees with successfully navigating academics, campus life, and resources. Living with students in the residence halls, Peer Mentors communicate with their mentees on a daily basis and are the initial go-to for when students require academic, emotional, and transitional support. A successful Peer Mentor is an organized leader, a strong communicator, and a thoughtful tone-setter, responsible for creating an inclusive, brave, and fun learning environment for new students. Accountability, creativity, and student event planning skills are a must. Peer Mentors plan and organize weekly extracurricular and co-curricular activities, events, and trips. They take the lead on coordinating workshops, AND are responsible for leading and managing many aspects of student life for new Summer Session students.

We hope you find the application process beneficial to your development and look forward to your participation. 

Job Descriptions 

Please be sure that you are aware of what the position entails before you apply.  Feel free to bring any questions you have to the Informational Sessions, or contact a Summer Session staff member. 

You’ll especially want to note the required qualifications for students to serve as Summer Session Peer Mentors. You can find a detailed list of qualifications in the job descriptions linked above, and below are some of the important ones to start with:

Position Qualifications

To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a returning High School Summer University or First Year Edge / Transfer Edge student (formerly Summer Academy)


  • Be a High School Summer University or First Year Edge / Transfer Edge (formerly Summer Academy) alumni who has successfully completed the program with good academic standing


  • Have previous experience on campus as a Peer Mentor, Peer Adviser, Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Sammy Slug Summer Camp Counselor, with Cal Teach, or equivalent


  • 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)


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 2020 Summer Session Peer Mentors must:

  • Attend each session of the Peer Mentor Spring training (normally on Fridays from 9 am-12 pm, Fridays during the Spring Quarter)
  • Maintain communication with the Summer Programs Coordinator and be on the lookout for any emails regarding other hiring/onboarding tasks such as fingerprinting and account setups
  • Complete the required Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training on Saturday, May 30th (this training is from 8:00 am-5:00 pm). Hired candidates who already have MHFA certificates valid through September 2020 are exempt. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour class. Participants learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, and others to cope with mental health problems. Participants that complete the course receive a three-year certification in MHFA. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. Mental Health First Aid is an empirically-backed public education and prevention tool - it improves the public's knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems
  • Attend the specific Peer Mentor Week-Training, before the Move-In of their Summer Session students

Selection Timeline

  • December 19 - Applications open
  • January 7 - Optional Information Sessions
    • 11:30 am-1:00 pm in 245 Hahn Student Services - Conference Room
    • 2:00 - 3:30 pm in 245 Hahn Student Services - Conference Room
  • January 8 - Optional Information Session - 2:30 - 4:00 pm in 245 Hahn Student Services
  • January 9 - Optional Information Session - 9:30- 11:00 am in 245 Hahn Student Services 
  • January 31 (Noon) - Application deadline.
  • February 10 - 28In-Person Interviews. Applicants selected will be notified of their interview time slot via email (UCSC email account) on or before February 8, 2020.   
  • March 6 - Offer letters distributed at 5 p.m. 
  • March 11 - Deadline to accept the job offer

Questions? Contact the Summer Programs Coordinator

Sarma Williams:, 831-459-3070