The SAW program welcomes faculty nominations of strong prospective SAW Peer Mentors. Faculty may nominate first-year, sophomore, or junior students at any time during the year by completing the form below. The SAW program will contact nominated students with invitations to apply during the respective upcoming hiring cycle.
The SAW hiring cycle begins each fall semester and applications from prospective mentors are due late December. The SAW hiring process is competitive. SAW is able to hire 16-20 new student staff members each year. From the applicant pool, a number of strong candidates will be invited to participate in an interview in late January-early February. Students hired into the SAW Program will be enrolled in CUSP-212-01: Peer Mentoring, a two-credit training course that takes place each spring semester. In this course, students will receive training and education on theories and practices of peer mentoring and collaborative learning to prepare them for working as a SAW Peer Mentor. Those who apply in the fall and are accepted into the program will begin their peer mentoring working the following fall semester, after they have successfully completed CUSP-212-01 with a B or higher.
Nominated students are not guaranteed acceptance; however, the nominations weigh heavily in their favor. Considering the pool of the most eligible finalists, SAW’s hiring decisions must also take into account the college’s needs for a diverse staff, including its representation of majors and languages.
Strong SAW Peer Mentor candidates demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills; self-confidence; humility; versatility; strong speaking, arguing, and writing abilities; and a commitment to their own learning.