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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).


Please Note: Peer Advisors are unpaid and do not receive academic credit.


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