The University of Iowa

Work for Study Abroad

Peer advisor Emily in Study Abroad office with book
Outreach assistant Fatima sitting at desk smiling

Emily, 2018-19 Peer Advisor (L), & Fatima, 2018-19 Outreach Assistant (R)

Work for Study Abroad

Study Abroad typically hires two types of student workers -- peer assistants and outreach assistants -- at the beginning of every academic year. Job descriptions, duties, qualifications, and terms of appointment can be found for both positions in the table below. 

Currently, we will not be hiring for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

We look forward to the opportunity to hire peer assistants and outreach assistants in 2021. 

Meet our previous student workers!

Peer Assistants

Outreach Assistants

Peer Assistants provide information about study abroad programs and procedures to UI undergraduate students by staffing the Study Abroad's resource room. Outreach Assistants are tasked with presenting and disseminating information regarding study abroad opportunities to students, staff, and faculty around the UI campus. 
  • Greet student visitors to the Study Abroad Resource Room and determine interests
  • Advise students about study abroad procedures, including program models, costs, and funding
  • Assist students with program research
  • Develop extensive knowledge of UI Study Abroad programs across various geographic regions and academic concentrations 
  • Respond to emails from interested students and follow up with Resource Room visitors via email as needed
  • Maintain appearance of Resource Room, including organizing and shelving Resource Room materials
  • Assist program advisors with administrative tasks


  • Initiate contact with campus constituents in order to arrange information sessions about study abroad 
  • Promote study abroad through classroom visits, student organizations visits, and tabling sessions
  • Plan, implement, and participate in events that highlight study abroad opportunities
  • Generate a monthly newsletter informing students of study abroad programs, deadlines and events 
  • Assist in the design and distribution of study abroad publicity materials
  • Advance current Outreach projects
  • Create new Outreach projects


  • Undergraduate status at the UI
  • Previous participation in a study abroad program and demonstrated interest in promoting international education
  • Graduation in May 2020 or later
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills, especially one on one with other students
  • Independent, adaptable, and self-motivated
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience working or volunteering with diverse campus constituents preferred 
  • Available for required training in Iowa City from Wednesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 (partial days)


  • Undergraduate status at the UI
  • Previous participation in a study abroad program
  • Graduation in May 2020 or later
  • Desire to promote study abroad and advocate for international education 
  • Willingness to learn new technology 
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Independent, adaptable, and self-motivated
  • Outgoing personality, confident public speaker
  • Interested in promotion and social events
  • Experience working or volunteering with diverse campus constituents preferred 
Peer assistants can expect 8 to 12 hours per week while school is in session. Scheduled time will include hours when the Resource Room is open to student visitors (9-5, M-F) and additional hours to complete other assignments, such as weekly staff meetings and resource room maintenance. All peer assistants will occasionally be asked to take part in weekend or evening activities.
Outreach assistants can expect 8 to 15 hours per week while school is in session and have a flexible schedule. Outreach assistants will be able to set their own in-office work hours but will be required to attend events as needed during the day and occasionally in the evening and/or on weekends.

Questions? Contact: 
Emily Gruis
Questions? Contact: 
Kristine Djerf