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How to Apply

The Peer Advisor application will be available on Handshake (CSUSM's student job portal) until February 22. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview the week of March 8-12.

Application Process:

  1. Make sure you meet the Peer Advisor Position Qualifications
  2. Apply and submit the following through Handshake
    • Student Application
    • Resume
    • Supplemental Questions (submit as Cover Letter)
    • Cover Letter (*optional) 

      *Although the Cover Letter is optional, the Supplemental Questions are not. If submitting a Cover Letter, include your answers to the Supplemental Questions on the second page.

Supplemental Questions:

  1. Why are you interested in being a Peer Advisor?
  2. What do you hope to gain from the Peer Advising experience?

Please do not indicate "see resume". You may submit your answers written or by video. If submitted by video, please provide a link staff can open.

Presentation Criteria:

A 5-10 minutes presentation is required during the interview process. Facilitate a presentation on one of the following campus policies, including the definition of the policy. See the campus catalog/websites for assistance: 

Topic examples:

  • Academic Probation and/or Disqualification 
  • Course repeat policy 
  • Components of Graduation Requirements  
  • How to use the Academic Requirements Report (ARR) 
  • How to use Degree Planner  
  • Withdrawal policy 

After a thorough definition, follow up with how you see yourself implementing and sharing this information with fellow students in the Peer Advisor role. What is your communication style? What would be important to relay so the student feels informed and understood?


  • We recommend using the Career Center services to help with your resume, interview skills, and presentation as you apply.
  • If you have questions or issues in submitting your application on Handshake, please contact Priscilla Arciniega at 760-750-4061.


Would you like to speak with a current Peer Advisor about the position?

Feel free to email, to schedule an Informational Interview.


"Becoming a peer advisor has given me a variety of incredible professional tools. I am able to provide students with answers to their questions and help guide their academic plan. I am able to make a difference in the new student experience with outreach programs. I also created great new relationships with my fellow peer advisors, faculty, and staff."  

–Kaylee Crivello