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Peer Advisor - CLA Career Services

Position Summary

CLA Career Services is the career services office for students in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). We offer resources and services to help CLA students choose a major, search for internships, jobs and/or volunteer opportunities, revise their resume and cover letter, choose a career, apply to graduate/professional school, and prepare for opportunities post-graduation. Peer Advisors work in the resource room at CLA Career Services providing assistance to a diverse population of students, in all of the above areas, on a drop-in basis. More information on CLA Career Services can be found by visiting


  • Critique resumes and cover letters, during drop-ins and via GoldPASS
  • Provide exceptional one-on-one support and encouragement to students visiting the resource room
  • Assist students exploring various majors within CLA
  • Present to small and large groups in the resource room as well as to groups across campus
  • Work collaboratively with fellow Peer Advisors and professional staff on projects
  • Perform light office cleaning and organization of the resource room and in support of events
  • Support career courses & course instructors with course grading and other responsibilities
  • Represent CLA Career Services at events
  • Consult with students on their own career development process and direct to resources, as needed
  • Support career counselors in curating career-related information to share with students via our 8 career fields
  • Other duties as assigned to ensure strong support for students with varying career needs


***no job seeker ever meets every qualification/preferred qualification - consider applying if several of these match your current abilities as well as future areas for growth***
  • Strong communication skills, both written & verbal
  • Positive & proactive attitude with a willingness to learn
  • Demonstrated desire to provide strong customer service & desire to help others
  • Must be a CLA undergraduate student

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work-study eligibility highly preferred but not required
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Knowledge of the University and an ability to communicate available resources to students
  • Experience with public speaking
  • Ability to take initiative & be a role model
  • Desire to develop personally and professionally

Requirements of Employment

Peer Advisors work in the resource room approximately 10-14 hours a week during the normal office hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Active participation in bi-weekly, one-hour staff meeting is required. We will be hiring for 7-8 peer advisors starting in either June or August 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year. The position pays $11.00/hour. Specific areas of interest include STEM, pre-law, pre-health, and international student status.

Register for a career course in Fall 2020, unless you have previously taken one of the following courses. The appropriate career course will be determined by a conversation between you and the peer supervisor, upon offer of employment. Course offerings include ID 2201, 3101, 3201, 3205 (pre-law), and 3896. This mandatory requirement will aid in facilitating conversations in your role as a peer advisor as well as provide personal career preparation. You may take this course either A-F or S-N.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to apply. The deadline is Thursday, March 12, 2020. If you have not drafted a resume or cover letter before, CLA Career Services offers drop-in advising from 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Please direct questions to Erica Tealey, Career Counselor, via or (612) 626-5770.

Want to learn more about being a peer advisor before applying? Consider coming in during our drop-in hours to speak with a peer advisor on staff. We are located in 411 Bruininks Hall.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Other Opportunities in CLA Career Services

Employer Engagement Assistant - CLA Career Services

CLA Employer Engagement is a unit within CLA Career Services whose function is to connect CLA students with employers, for recruiting and career education.. This includes managing GoldPASS, planning career events such as the CLA Internship & Career Fair (which draws about 100 organizations and 1,000 CLA students), supporting employer engagement programming and employers’ on-campus recruiting efforts, and more.

The Employer Engagement Assistant (EEA) is a valued member of the Employer Engagement team and CLA Career Services' student GoldPASS expert. The EEA works on a wide variety of projects, including data collection and analysis, and event and communication support. While hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules, the EEA must be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week in order to fulfill the responsibilities of the role. This role does not work directly with students, and includes both independent “computer-facing” project work and collaborative “people-facing” work (like trainings and presentations).

Please direct questions to the Employer Engagement Assistant supervisor: Emily Gasperlin,, 612-626-4481.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant/Student Academic Support - CLA Career Services

This position assists in grading and administrative support across sections of the College of Liberal Arts Career Management Courses, including grading assignments, supporting the course sites (Canvas), and managing the logistics of the courses and student engagement. The position will also meet with the Curriculum Coordinator regularly for training and assist in training other student leader positions in CLA Career Services to also provide academic support to the career management courses. Please direct questions to Undergraduate Teaching Assistant/Student Academic Support supervisor, Abby Trout, 612.625.4677.