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Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship

2017-2018 Peer Advisors


Audrey Owensby

Class Rank: Senior

Major: Psychology / Minors: Spanish and Women's and Gender Studies


Fall 2016 Advising Session: Affiliate Group Advising on Tuesdays at 3:30pm

Study Abroad Programs: USAC Affiliate Program in Alicante, Spain (Spring 2017), CofC in Cambodia and Vietnam (Summer 2016), CofC in Germany, Austria, and Italy (Summer 2015)

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?: I believe very strongly in the experience of studying abroad and wanted the chance to show students how it can be possible for them! Through scholarships and financial aid, I have been able to study abroad three times in college and it has been more fundamental to my growth as a student and a person than I can explain. I can't wait to share my experiences with future students! 

International Experience: Traveling internationally has been a passion of mine for a very long time. To date, I have been to 22 countries across the continents of North/Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia and I hope to explore many, many more. 

Elizabeth Schilpp

E.S.Class Rank: Junior                                                                                                                                                                              

Major(s)/Minor(s): International Studies Major, History and Political Science minors 

Fall 2017 Advising Session: Abroad 101 on Mondays at 3:30 pm

Study Abroad Program: International Exchange Program - University of Groningen (Fall 2016)

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?: I wanted to become a Peer Advisor because studying abroad was a wonderful opportunity that gave me a whole new outlook on life and taught me so much about myself. While the experience expanded my desire to see and experience more of the world, I also remember the worries that plagued me before departure and the struggles abroad. Therefore, I would love to both encourage and be there for other students that are interested in partaking in their adventure.

International Experience: My semester abroad in the Netherlands was my first trip out of the United States. While studying in the Netherlands, I also traveled to Ireland, England, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain. Each place that I explored took a bit of my heart and gave me many memories to sustain myself until the next time I travel, wherever that may be. 

Mackenzie Hoisington

Mackenzie Hoisington                                             

Class Rank:  Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s):  International Business 


Fall 2017 Advising Session: Affiliate Group Advising on Wednesdays at 3:30pm

Study Abroad Program: Affiliate program in Thailand (Spring 2016) & France (Summer 2017)

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?: 

International Experience

Was your study abroad program a memorable and rewarding experience?  Want to share that experience and serve as a resource for future College of Charleston study abroad students? Apply for our Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship!

Job Description

The College of Charleston Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship provides former study abroad students with an organized outlet for discussing and promoting the College’s study abroad offerings. Qualified students must be currently enrolled at College of Charleston and will have previously completed a study abroad program that lasted a minimum of 2 weeks. Students applying for this position must be enthusiastic, flexible, and willing to share their international experience(s) with students interested in studying abroad.

Along with working in the CIE, Peer Advisors will present to prospective students in our group advising sessions, plan programs/workshops, and assist at events.

Selected Peer Advisors can expect to work with the CIE staff on a variety of projects, including but not limited to:

Study Abroad Fairs
Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions

Group Advising Sessions
Admission Events (i.e. Accepted Student Weekend)
Administrative Duties*
Specialized Projects

*Administrative duties include, but are not limited to: completing errands on-campus; operating basic office equipment, such as an all-in-one copy workstation; answering phones and interacting with students, parents, faculty/staff, and the general public; filing and cross-checking documents/files; and maintaining databases in Microsoft Excel.

Qualified applicants must:

  • Have studied abroad previously on a program approved by CofC; program must have lasted a minimum of two (2) weeks
  • Be a current College of Charleston student in good standing (minimum 2.5 GPA with no disciplinary issues)
  • Must have at least two semesters remaining to degree completion (i.e. graduate no earlier than May 2018)
  • Be enthusiastic and eager to share their international experiences with other students
  • Be able to work 10 hours per week during normal business hours, from start to end of each semester 
  • Have superior attention to detail, time management skills, and self-motivation
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher)
  • Be familiar with current trends in social media platforms


  • Superior communication skills via phone, email, and in person
  • Demonstrated experience and comfortable with presenting to large groups
  • Passion for study abroad and promoting study abroad opportunities to other students
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a high-traffic environment while keeping a positive attitude
  • Ability to learn basic advising skills to direct students to appropriate resources before meeting with a study abroad advisor
  • Must be available for weekly team meetings

Outcomes for Internship

Peer Advisors will:

  • Compile portfolios of their work
  • Develop career and life skills
  • Receive mentorship from CofC staff members
  • Build their resume and earn references for future career or graduate school opportunities from CofC staff


$7.25 per hour. Each student is expected to work 10 hours per week. Selected students will start on August 21, 2017 and will continue in the position to the end of the Spring 2018 term (pending a successful performance review at the end of the Fall 2017 term).


  • Complete the CIE Peer Advisor Internship Online Application by the deadline of March 20, 2017 at 11:59 P.M.
  • Complete the CougarJobLinks Application by the deadline of March 20, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. Job: 10113/Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Final candidates will be contacted for an interview (tentatively scheduled for March 27-March 31, 2017). For applicants currently abroad, Skype interviews will be arranged.