The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Peer Advising Interns

SBS Peer Advising Interns and Dominick Usher, Assistant Director, Advising Resource Center

The SBS Advising Resource Center (ARC) is home to Exploratory Track Advising, major exploration for all SBS students, Global Education Requirement advising, Academic Dean’s actions/support, and Career and Professional Development. In their work with students, all staff in the ARC consider how to best develop a unique and holistic college experience, ultimately assisting in the development of key competencies for college and beyond. In addition to the advising students receive from the professional staff in the the ARC, Peer Advising Interns (PAIs) are available for walk-in consultation Monday through Friday, from 10am until 4pm at the center's offices in Thompson 128, offering supplemental advising and support. PAIs are SBS students who can provide useful insight into the Pathways framework, which includes academic planning, experiential opportunities, and career and professional development.

If you wish to be a PAI, we encourage you to submit your application. If selected, you will be part of an important team of students commited to helping SBS students by:

  • Assisting students in navigating UMass Amherst resources
  • Teaching students how to utilize essential UMass Amherst tools, such as SPIRE, Moodle, Handshake, etc.
  • Welcoming SBS Exploratory students to UMass Amherst, and answering general questions about major exploration, academic advising, and SBS Pathways planning
  • Helping students with resume and cover letter drafts and providing tips for navigating Handshake to search for internships and other employment opportunities
  • Assisting students who visit the ARC looking for help with major exploration
  • Answering initial questions, reviewing campus resources, and helping to schedule an appointment with an Exploratory Track Advisor
  • Answering questions about the SBS Global Education requirements (only applicable to some students)
  • Creating/assisting with the marketing of ARC programs and initiatives
  • Participating and helping with signature programs focused on career and professional development, the Exploratory Track curriculum, and select admissions/yield events

Interested in Becoming a Peer Advising Intern? 


Internship Overview

This internship is for a minimum two-semester commitment and students receive two credits per semester. Each semester, interns will commit to eighty hours (on average, six hours per week).

Roles and Responsibilities

1. Attendance and participation in year-long professional development and training

  • Interns must attend a training on Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day), 2:30pm – 4:30pm in the Advising Resource Center, 128 Thompson Hall
  • Interns must be available to attend Friday morning trainings, 9:00am – 10:00am

2. Scheduled hours working in the ARC, five hours per week

3. Assisting with ARC programs and events

Eligibility Requirements:

  • At least one of your majors must be an SBS major: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Journalism, Landscape Architecture, Legal Studies, Political Science, Resource Economics, Social Thought & Political Economy, Sociology, Sustainable Community Development, or the SBS Exploratory Track
  • Student must have completed one full-time semester prior to the start of the position and must be in good academic standing
  • Commitment for the entire academic year when school is in session from September-May
  • Available for five office hours a week plus on-going trainings and/or programming (on average a total of six hours per week)
  • Must have some availability during ARC business hours, Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • Some evening and weekend hours as needed for programming initiatives
  • Strong communication skills, ability to be supportive and non-judgmental
  • Enthusiasm and motivation surrounding SBS and Pathways, as well as Career and Professional Development topics
  • Ability to represent the ARC in an approachable and informative way
  • Able to work with minimal supervision and be flexible with your schedule


  • Gain valuable skills in peer advising, leadership, problem-solving, interpersonal communication, and team work
  • Develop facilitation, presentation, and public speaking skills
  • Work supportively and effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and identities
  • Premier access to connections and interactions with ARC and SBS professionals
  • Learn about campus opportunities in order to enhance your own SBS Pathway
  • An opportunity to help others in a practical and tangible way
  • Earn four UMass credits by the end of the academic year

Application Process:

  • An application for the SBS Peer Advising Internship can be found on Handshake
  • Applications are due by no later than 12 noon on Monday, April 1
  • Qualified applicants will be notified via UMass email if/when they will be offered an interview
  • Interviews will start with a group interview portion followed by an individual interview portion, both on the same day, and totaling 45 minutes (30 minute group & 15 minute individual)
  • Interviews will take place on a rolling basis with a goal of making all intern selections by Monday, April 29

All inquiries about the SBS Peer Advising Internship can be directed to