As a peer mentor, you’ll help make the transition to university easy and enjoyable for new undergraduate students. Peer mentors will share their experience, advice, and connect new students with study and engagement opportunities at the University.
What is a peer mentor?
The main role of peer mentors is to share their wisdom and university experience with a group of mentees studying the same course, so that they can benefit from hearing an insider’s experience on how to navigate university life and maximise the opportunities offered at Melbourne.
Peer mentors are not expected to have all the answers to all the questions a mentee might ask or replace academic and professional assistance provided by the University. A peer mentor will model help-seeking behaviours, guide and support new students, encourage them to work things out for themselves and help them to find their own solutions.
As a peer mentor, you will also be supported by a peer leader who you will be assigned to prior to the commencement of the program in Orientation.
Why become a peer mentor?
Develop your skills:
- Gain leadership training and experience.
- Develop your interpersonal, communication and group facilitation skills.
- Build your professional network within the University community.
Make a difference:
- Help new students succeed in their first year at university.
- Develop a sense of belonging and connection between students and the University.
- Gain a deeper understanding of cultural differences and diversity.
- Make new friends and meet new people.
- Receive an official reference from the University.
- Demonstrate your participation in the program on your co-curricular record and share it with employers.
- Receive invitations to exclusive professional development workshops for peer mentors.
- Use your hours towards completion of the Leaders in Communities Award (LiCA).
What do students have to say?
“This program provides valuable leadership and communication skills through regular workshops made specifically for peer mentors.”
– Sarah, Bachelor of Science
“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
“I have enjoyed sharing my experiences and developing a sense of belonging with my mentees, while also further developing my communication and leadership skills.”
– Yimin, Bachelor of Agriculture
How can I become a peer mentor?
To become a peer mentor, you will need to be:
- A current University of Melbourne student
- Studying for at least two more academic semesters
- In good academic standing (not at risk)
- A student with no history of academic misconduct
- Able to attend compulsory training and Orientation
- Able to commit to at least 20 hours of volunteering throughout the year.
- Experience as a mentor
- Experience as a mentee
- Participation in extra-curricular activities
- Membership in clubs and societies
- Note: Students beginning their third year of study will be prioritised. Priority will also be given to students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne.
As a peer mentor, you’ll need to commit to approximately 20 hours of volunteering across your time in the program, including:
- 30-minute online training module
- Two-hour online group training
- Maintaining regular contact with your mentees
- Meeting your mentees at the program launch in Orientation, and running an activity to foster group connection
- Leading a number of group sessions with your mentees
- Actively promoting and attending program social events throughout the semester
- Providing feedback via surveys and focus groups.
Applications have now closed for Semester 1, 2021. Please check this page regularly for updates on further application rounds.
Frequently asked questions
When is the next application cycle?
Applications have closed for the Semester 1, 2021 mentor intake.
If you have missed out on applying, note that we will be recruiting for all faculties before the start of each semester. Check this page regularly for further recruitment updates.
I am on exchange and/or overseas during the interview and/or training period, can I still apply?
If you are unable to commit to attending the interview or training, you are not eligible to apply for the coming round. Check this page regularly for further recruitment updates.
What qualities and skills are you looking for?
What we’re looking for:
- Willingness to learn
An ideal peer mentor is:
- Someone who wants to help students get started and succeed in their first year
- Willing to talk about their own university experience
- Someone with strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Engaging and enthusiastic
- Committed to the whole program including training, running all group sessions and providing feedback
- Respectful of diverse backgrounds and views.
All the best of luck with your application! You can contact us if you have any queries. See the accordion below titled 'Is there someone I can contact about the program?' for contact details.
I have applied to be a peer mentor and have progressed to the interview stage. What can I do to prepare?
Congratulations on progressing through to the group assessment round. Visit our ‘Preparing for interviews’ page for tips.
Is there someone I can contact about the program?
If you have any questions about the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, contact your faculty Student Life team via their email listed below.
- Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty of Arts: email@example.com
- Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty of Business and Economics: email@example.com
- Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty of Fine Arts and Music: email@example.com
- Faculty of Science: firstname.lastname@example.org