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Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship

2016-2017 Peer Advisors

Mackenzie Hoisington Mackenzie Hoisington

Class Rank: Junior

Major(s)/Minor(s): International Studies major, Creative Writing minor


Fall 2016 Advising Session: Affiliate advising session on Wednesdays at 3:30pm

Study Abroad Program: Affiliate program, USAC - Chiang Mai, Thailand (Spring 2016)

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

Diving into a culture much different than my own is something that I will always value.  With that said, I can remember that diving into a culture much different than one’s own can really feel like a high dive.  I was fortunate enough to have encouragement and guidance on my leap, so I want to utilize that experience to be the strongest advisor and supporter possible.

International Experience:

In addition to Thailand, I have ventured to Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  

Annika Liger Annika Liger

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Anthropology and History


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

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Queen's Univeristy Belfast - United Kingdom (Spring 2015)

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I wanted to become a peer advisor because I had a truly fantastic time studying abroad and I want to encourage other students to take their own adventures. That being said though, I remember how many questions and worries I had before leaving, and now that I am back, I want to help answer students' questions and make it easier for them to prepare to study abroad.

International Experience:

In addition to studying abroad to Northern Ireland, I have also visited England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Greece, Italy, and France among others. 

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Communication major, Spanish/Theatre minor


Fall 2016 Advising Session: Abroad 101 on Thursdays at 3:30pm

Study Abroad Program: CofC Program - Buenos Aires, Argentina (Spring 2016)

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I wanted to become a Peer Advisor to be able to share everything I learned throughout the study abroad process with interested students. Studying abroad was by far one of the best and most rewarding experiences I have had in college, and I want help others along the path to having their own unique international experiences.   

International Experience:

My semester abroad was the first and only time I have traveled internationally. I loved being in Argentina and visiting Uruguay, and hope to return to explore more of South America. I would also love to travel around Europe and Asia in the future. 

*The CIE has selected the peer advisors for the 2016-17 academic year; the application cycle for the 2017-18 academic year will open during the Spring 2017 semester*

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.  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 Students 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 maintaingin 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 in good academic standing (minimum 2.5 GPA with no disciplinary issues)
  • Must have at least two semesters remaining to degree completion
  • 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, 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 enviornment 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