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Become a Peer Advisor

Successful Peer Advisors

  • Desire to help others;
  • Have strong communication skills: listening, building relationships, approachability;
  • Take an interest in first-year student transition issues;
  • Take initiative;
  • Are able to successfully work in a team with other Peer Advisors and a faculty member;
  • Have the ability to be flexible and work with many different personalities;
  • Are able to develop creative ways to generate discussion and introduce students to the Engineering community.

To Be Eligible

  • Be affiliated with an Engineering Major at Cornell University;
    • Alternatively, be a second semester student or sophomore intending to affiliate with an Engineering Major at Cornell University;
  • Be in good academic standing;
  • Follow published application procedures, complete an interview if necessary, and attend training if selected.


  • Complete required training sessions;
  • Attend assigned Engineering Seminar (ENGRG 1050) section weekly throughout the fall semester (50 minutes/week);
  • Assist the ENGRG 1050 instructor in planning sessions and coordinating speakers and on-campus field trips. Some may be pre-scheduled; others will not be so that you can plan according to your sections' interests;
  • Occasionally present topics in class and facilitate ice breakers;
  • Attend general Peer Advisor meetings when offered (there are usually no more than 1-2 a semester, aside from training);
  • Promote and attend Peer Advisor hosted socials for new students (usually 2-3 during the fall semester)
  • Record worked hours on a weekly basis for payroll.

Please Note: Peer Advisors are paid but do not receive academic credit.

For more information on becoming a Peer Advisor and obtaining the application materials, contact Engineering Advising