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O’Brien Center for Student Success

Destination Exploration Ambassador

Program Overview

Destination Exploration is a program designed to support first and second year, undeclared students as they navigate the major and career decision making process. Students are assigned a Faculty Advisor (via their school), a Career Advisor and a Peer Ambassador. A Peer Ambassador is a current junior, senior, or new-graduate student who act as guides or coaches throughout the academic year. Peer Ambassadors will be selected from students who were themselves undeclared or who changed majors, complementing faculty and professional advising for new undecided students. Peer Ambassadors will be paired with undeclared students from each of our three schools of study and will guide these students throughout the academic year by facilitating co-curricular activities and supporting faculty and professional advisors. Peer Ambassadors will receive training and a stipend, provided by the O’Brien Center for Student Success.

Duties

  • Peer Ambassadors will attend a required training, as well as monthly staff meetings held throughout the academic year. Additionally, Peer Ambassadors will help recruit future Peer Ambassadors during the Spring Semester.
  • Peer Ambassadors will reach out to their cohort of students during each semester to build a relationship with students and help them navigate the beginning of their college experience. 
  • Peer Ambassadors will assist their cohort in setting up meetings with a Career Advisor throughout the academic year for major and career advising.
  • Peer Ambassadors will be required to attend and lead their cohort through pre-planned college wide events designed to engage students in major exploration and increase familiarity with co- and extra-curricular offerings throughout the academic year. Some events include: Majors/Minors Fair, Pre-Registration Workshop, Student Involvement Fair, etc.
  • Peer Ambassadors will meet with their cohort to help them prepare for advisement for spring course selection. They will be able to inform students of various services available to them and about relevant deadlines (pass/fail, drop/add, withdrawal, convert incomplete, etc.).
  • Peer Ambassadors will be required to maintain an updated log of all programs attended with their cohort; including a lists of students in attendance for each event.

Qualifications

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, both one-on-one and group 
  • Strong involvement on campus; must be on good standing with college
  • Strong time-management skills; Self-motivated 
  • Maturity and Leadership 
  • Ability to work collaboratively 
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff
  • Capacity for discretion, diplomacy, and confidentiality 
  • Prior experience in a peer advising role such as a Resident Advisor, Career Peer Advisor, Orientation Leader, Teaching Assistant, or Writing Tutor is helpful but not required 

Supervision and Compensation

Peer Ambassadors will receive a stipend per semester for their mentoring efforts. Stipend will be received after successful completion of the above ambassador responsibilities. All training and materials will also be provided. Peer Ambassadors will be employed by the O’Brien Center for Student Success.

How to apply

Please submit resume and application to careerservices@merrimack.edu. In the subject line, please put PEER AMBASSADOR APPLICATION. Download the application here.