Apply to become a peer mentor

As a mentor with the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, you will play an important role in helping new students transition to life at the University of Melbourne. As well as sharing your experiences and providing connections for your mentees, you will benefit from a range of training and enrichment opportunities to develop your skills and networks.

What is a peer mentor?

A peer mentor is a later-year student who can facilitate connections for new students by sharing their experiences and knowledge of University with new undergraduate students (mentees). You will be assigned to a small group of students from your course and will meet them five times throughout their first semester. During your sessions, you will help students connect to each other by providing fun and engaging activities. You will also help them adjust to the highs and lows of semester through facilitating conversations about how to navigate their new environment and maximise their time at university.

Why become a peer mentor?

As a mentor with the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, you will gain access to a range of benefits.

Develop your skills:

  • Gain leadership training and experience
  • Develop your interpersonal, communication and group facilitation skills
  • Build your professional network within the University community
  • Participate in a range of training, development and engagement opportunities offered exclusively to peer mentors.

Make a difference:

  • Become part of a network of volunteer students making a real impact on improving the student experience
  • Encourage and motivate new students to connect, belong and succeed in their first year at university
  • Gain a deeper understanding of cultural differences and diversity
  • Make new friends and meet new people from a variety of backgrounds.

Be rewarded:

  • Receive an official reference from the University
  • Become eligible for a digital credential from the new Melbourne Plus program to demonstrate your people leadership

What do students have to say?

The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is making a real impact on new undergraduate students. Here’s what some of our mentors had to say:

Andia

“Being a peer mentor is really fun! Seeing students leave my mentoring sessions with a smile on their faces is an incredible feeling.”

– Andia, Bachelor of Arts mentor

Kailey

“Peer mentoring is a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and develop your leadership and communication skills.”

– Kailey, Bachelor of Biomedicine mentor

Liam

“I've had an incredible opportunity to interact, learn and connect with incoming university students, while guiding their transition into university life.”

– Liam, Bachelor of Commerce mentor

How can I become a peer mentor?

  • Eligibility

    To become a peer mentor, you will need to be:

    • A current University of Melbourne student
    • In good academic standing (not at risk)
    • A student with no history of academic misconduct
    • Able to attend compulsory training and lead five group sessions
    • Able to commit to at least 20 hours of volunteering with your group.

    Desirable:

    • Experience as a mentor (in MPMP or another program)
    • Experience as a mentee (in MPMP or another program)
    • Participation in co-curricular activities (for example, clubs and societies)

    Note: Students beginning their third year of study will be given priority during the mentor selection process. Priority will also be given to students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, or who have mentored with MPMP previously. However, you are welcome to apply so long as you meet the eligibility criteria listed above.

  • Time commitment

    As a peer mentor, you’ll need to commit to approximately 20 hours of volunteering across your time in the program, including:

    • Training:
      • Two-hour group training
      • 30-minute online training module
    • Leading five group sessions with your mentees
    • Maintaining regular contact with your mentees between sessions
    • Actively promoting and attending program social events throughout the semester
    • Providing feedback via surveys and focus groups to help us with continual improvement of the program.

How to apply

Applications have closed for Semester 2, 2022. If you would like to be contacted when recruitment opens for Semester 1 2023, please register your interest here.

The Student Life team will contact you with further information about the application process in September.

Frequently asked questions

  • When is the next application cycle?

    Applications for Semester 1, 2023 will open in September 2022. If you would like to be contacted when recruitment opens, please register your interest here.

  • Am I able to become a peer mentor if I am studying remotely?

    Yes, absolutely! Whether you are planning to be on campus for semester, or will be studying remotely, you can still provide new students with your support and guidance. The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program connects students and peer mentors studying online via Zoom.

  • Is there someone I can contact if I have questions about the program?

    If you have any questions about the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, you can submit an enquiry via the form found in the 'Peer Mentoring' section of my.unimelb.