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As a Melbourne Peer Mentor, you’ll help make the transition to Melbourne easy and enjoyable for new students.

From 2020, the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program will be a key part of the student experience for all new undergraduate students. New students will connect with others in their degree, and be mentored by a later-year student. Mentors will support new students with personalised advice to connect them with study and engagement opportunities at the University.

Mentors will receive official recognition on the new co-curricular record, plus numerous other benefits.

The University is now recruiting mentors for the 2020 Melbourne Peer Mentor Program.

Why become a Melbourne Peer Mentor?

Develop your skills

  • Gain leadership training and experience
  • Contribute your participation to the Leaders in Communities Award (LiCA)
  • Develop and demonstrate your interpersonal, communication and group facilitation skills
  • Build your professional network with student leaders, the people you mentor and the University community
  • Demonstrate your participation to employers with your co-curricular record.

Make a difference

  • Enjoy the satisfaction of helping new students succeed in their first year
  • Develop a sense of connectedness and involvement with students and the University
  • Make new friends
  • Gain a deeper understanding of cultural differences and diversity

Be rewarded

  • An official reference from the University
  • University merchandise
  • Gift vouchers

What is the role of the mentor?

Mentors are not expected to have all the answers to all the questions a mentee might ask. Your role is to model help-seeking behaviour, to support students gain the confidence to find their own answers. Remember, students who ask questions and seek help when they need it tend to do better than those who don’t.

Good mentors will guide and support new students, encourage them to work things out for themselves and help them to find their own solutions.

If you fit the below criteria, you’re eligible to be a Peer Mentor!

  • You are a current University of Melbourne student
  • You'll be enrolled for the full academic year in 2020
  • You’re in good academic standing
  • You’re able to attend key training and orientation
  • You can commit at least 20 hours volunteering throughout the year. See below for an indication of time commitment over the year (for training, meetings, student communications etc)
  • You respect diverse backgrounds, views and nuances of intercultural communication
  • You want to help students get started and succeed in their first year
  • You’re willing to talk about your own university experience
  • You have strong interpersonal and communication skills

As a Peer Mentor you will:

  • Attend a group training session in the lead up to Orientation week in Semester 1
  • Participate in and run an activity with your peer group during Orientation week
  • Lead four additional peer group meetings: three during Semester 1 and one early in Semester 2
  • Maintain regular contact with your mentees during their first semester
  • Actively promote and attend program social events
  • Commit to approximately 20 hours volunteering (for training, meetings, student communications etc).

You’ll need to maintain regular contact with your mentees during their first semester, including:

  • Training: 
    • Complete a 30 minute online training module
    • Attend a 2-hour face-to-face training session between 25-29 November 2019 or between 3-14 February 2020
  • Orientation: first peer mentoring meeting and activity
  • Semester 1: three 1-hour group meetings
  • Semester 2: one 1-hour group meeting

If you have any questions about the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program please contact us at


You must have a confirmation of enrolment to study in Semester 1 and Semester 2 2020 prior to applying. If you do not meet this criterion you are not eligible to apply. Check our webpage monthly for further recruitment updates.

You are required to commit to attending a 45-minute group interview in October 2019 and be available for 2 hours of training anytime between 25-29 November 2019 and 3-14 February 2020.

Check our webpage monthly for further recruitment and training updates.

Congratulations on progressing through to the group assessment round. Visit our Careers webpage for information on how to prepare for an interview. You can also drop-in to the Careers & Employability studio for further support.

Applications for Melbourne Peer Mentor Program are now open.

Apply now