As a mentor with the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, you’ll play an important role in helping make the transition to university easy and enjoyable for new undergraduate students. Peer mentors share their experience and advice, helping new students connect with study and engagement opportunities and build new social connections as they begin their journey at the University.
What is a peer mentor?
Peer mentors are experienced students who share their knowledge and experience of life at the University with new undergraduate students (mentees). This insider’s perspective on life at the University will help those new students to navigate their new environment and maximise their time at the University.
Peer mentors are not expected to have answers to all of the questions a mentee might ask, or to replace the academic and professional assistance provided by the University. A peer mentor models help-seeking behaviours, guiding and supporting new students and encouraging them to be self-sufficient and find their own solutions. A mentor also supports their mentees more broadly, helping them to build a network and feel supported at the University.
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
- Assist new students to develop a sense a belonging and connection with one another and the University
- Gain a deeper understanding of cultural differences and diversity
- Make new friends and meet new people from a variety of backgrounds.
- 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.
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 or 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 with your group.
- Experience as a mentor
- Experience as a mentee
- Participation in co-curricular activities (eg 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 at 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 for mentors in Semester 1, 2022 are now open! Apply via the link below:
Frequently asked questions
When is the next application cycle?
Applications for mentors in Semester 1, 2022 are now open for all faculties! Apply to become a peer mentor via this link.
I am currently studying remotely/overseas. Can I still apply?
Yes, absolutely! Whether you are planning to be on campus for Semester 1, 2022, or will be studying remotely, you can still provide new students with your support and guidance. The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program connects remote students and peer mentors via Zoom.
What qualities make a good peer mentor?
We are looking for engaging, caring and friendly mentors who are willing to help new students transition to the University of Melbourne. You don't need to be an expert on all the details of University life but – if you are open to making some new connections and are keen to guide, support and encourage new students, you are an ideal peer mentor applicant!
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
Bachelor of Commerce students can also find further information at: https://fbe.unimelb.edu.au/bcom/career/mentoring/peer-mentoring