Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship

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
  • 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

*For 2021-2022, the CIE is waiving the study abroad requirement.


  • 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


$10.00 per hour. Each student is expected to work 10 hours per week. Selected students will start in August 2020 and will continue in the position to the end of the Spring 2021 term (pending a successful performance review at the end of the Fall 2020 term).


  • Complete the CIE Peer Advisor Internship Online Application by the deadline (March 13)
  • Complete the Handshake Application by the deadline (March 13). Handshake Posting:#4354931/Study Abroad Peer Advisor Intern
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Final candidates will be contacted for an interview. For applicants currently abroad, Skype interviews will be arranged.