IPO Peer Support Fellowships

Brief Job Description:

The IPO Peer Support Fellows will take a leadership role in helping first year international students prepare for and adjust to life at Earlham.  Fellows will communicate with incoming students during the summer, participate as a staff member in New Student Orientation, be a teaching assistant for INTD 199, provide support to a group of first-year international students throughout the fall semester, and coordinate a monthly seminar or presentation for the Earlham community.  There will typically be 4 to 6 fellowship positions every fall semester.  IPO Peer Support Fellows will be paid for up to 5 hours/week throughout the fall semester and have the option to receive 1 credit in the fall semester for INTD 481.
Applications are available on the Moodle Student Employment page.

 Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with peers in a team setting
  • Cultural sensitivity and appreciation for intercultural exchange
  • Accountability and strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong desire and ability to be a leader and a positive role model for students
  • Ability to communicate thoughts and ideas effectively in a variety of environments
  • Enthusiasm for working with new students and families
  • Knowledge of campus resources and services
  • Approachable and accessible to peer group members as needed
  • Be in good standing with the College; must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.  Students on academic or social probation are not eligible
  • Must be a current Earlham student
  • Due to training conflicts and the time-intensive involvement with New Student Orientation, R.A.s for the 2014-15 academic year will not be eligible.

 Responsibilities:

  • Provide support and guidance to a group of 6-10 international students.
  • Welcome peer group via email and respond to pre-arrival questions and concerns during the summer.
  • New Student Orientation Multicultural and International Committee: During NSO, committee members will assist with multicultural/international programming and other general NSO responsibilities.
  • Perform duties as teaching assistant for INTD 199 “International Student Success in the U.S.” course (1st 7 weeks of fall semester, Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. -3:50 p.m.) 
  • Maintain consistent communication with peer group.
  • Plan a monthly educational program for entire campus.  Collaboration with other departments, offices or student groups is encouraged.  (Peer Support group will have a programming budget of $20/month).
  • Work in the IPO office 1 - 2 hours per week throughout the fall semster.  Responsibilities will include tasks such as grading INTD 199 papers, filing/copying, answering the phone, helping walk-in students, etc.
  • Attend all training and in-service sessions.  Meet with International Student Advisers (Max and Ali) once per week during fall semester.
  • Live by the comunity standards as outlined in Principles and Practices and interpret, teach, and uphold its principles.
  • Be a role model at all times.

 Learning Goals:

  • Develop and practice leadership skills
  • Deepen understanding of the role of International Student Advisers; learn about F-1 and J-1 visa regulations, develop cross-cultural communication skills, become aware of Richmond and Earlham resources, learn about professional organizations in the field of International Education
  • Develop cooperative working relationships with IPO staff, other fellows, new students and other departments
  • Learn how to plan, coordinate and facilitate community-wide events

 Important Dates for 2014:

Application Timeline: 

  • Friday, January 24 at 5pm: Applications due on Moodle Student Employment Page
  • Monday, February 3 – Wednesday, February 5: Sign up for interviews
  • Thursday, February 6 – Wednesday, February 12: Interviews
  • Selection notification: February 17

Peer Support Interns must be able to attend all trainings, and be on campus during the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 25 – overview meeting 12:00noon – 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • August 17 - 26: NSO preparation, Peer Support Training and NSO
  • August 27 - October 15: INTD 199 on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:50 p.m.

 Applicaitions are available on the Moodle Student Employment page.

Questions?  Contact Ali Edington in IPO

 

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