Work and Volunteer at Study Abroad

2016 - 2017 Peer Assistants

Volunteer for Study Abroad

The Study Abroad office has many opportunities for returned students to help out with program promotion and preparing students for overseas experiences. Send an e-mail to for details.

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. Descriptions, duties, qualifications, terms of appointment, and applications can be found for both positions in the table below. Students should apply for their preferred position and not both peer and outreach assistant positions. Please note that we do not often hire more than one student in the same position that studied abroad in the same country. During the 2018-19 academic year, we will be hiring four peer assistants and two outreach assistant. 

Study Abroad will review applications in mid-August. The deadline for applications is to July 20, 2018. Finalists will be notified shortly there after and be invited to interview with the Study Abroad hiring committee. Occasionally there is an opening in January so please inquire before submitting an application for the spring session. 


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. 
-Staff the Study Abroad Resource Room
-Advise students about study abroad procedures and/or specific programs
-Make follow-up phone calls/e-mails to interested students
-Organize and shelve 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
-Excellent interpersonal communications skills, especially one on one with other students
-Attention to detail

- Experience working or volunteering with diverse campus constituents preferred 

-Undergraduate status at the UI
-Previous participation in a study abroad program
-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 15 hours per week while school is in session. Scheduled time will include hours when the Resource Room is open to student traffic (8-5, 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.

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