CEAS Engineering Peer Mentor Position

Application is linked at the bottom!

The Engineering Peer Mentoring Program works to connect new engineering students in the Engineering Quad LLC with an upper level student to facilitate a smooth transition to CU Boulder. Students in the Engineering Peer Mentoring Program share a common experience around their academics; as engineering students many will have taken similar classes and will have other academic and co-curricular experiences together. Participants in program build relationships by supporting new student's academic growth, facilitating a classroom experiences, and hosting fun events outside of the classroom.

There are five objectives for the Engineering Peer Mentoring Program at CU Boulder:

            1. Create learning-based peer networks

            2. Improve the academic success of first-year students

            3. Improve the student persistence from the first-year to the second year

            4. Increase student engagement within and outside of the classroom

            5. Create a strong sense of community within for first year students in CEAS

Job Description & Responsibilities

Peer Mentors serve as a positive role model, leader, and a resource for new students in their small group during the first year. CEAS Peer Mentors facilitate the students’ adjustment to CU Boulder and CEAS, while working with the students in and out of the classroom.

There are four ways of participating in the program:

Fall Semester: COEN 1500 Peer Mentor (~50 paid positions available)

  • Attend and lead a small group of students through Engineering Launch (our college welcome days the week before classes begin).
  • Serve in a peer mentor role for COEN 1500 – CEAS Design Lab: Engineering Your Life class in the fall 2021 semester (2-3 hours a week).
    • It is expected that Peer Mentors attend each class and serve in a TA-like role helping facilitate class and grade assignments. We will work with your fall schedule when assigning sections.
    • You will be asked to lead some classes and will work collaboratively with the Instructor of your section.
  • Plan and organize themed, outside-of-class activities that will acquaint the students in their peers, resources in CEAS, at CU Boulder, and in the Boulder Community (at least 5 times throughout semester).
  • Help students become familiar with university resources; advise and refer students to appropriate resources, as the need arises.
  • Attend monthly meetings with other Peer Mentors and the First Year Experience Coordinator
  • Attend all mandatory trainings and events in May, July, and August.
  • Compensation: This is a paid hourly undergraduate-student position. The exact rate is TBD due to ongoing college-level budget conversations. 


Fall Semester: Engineering Launch Leader/Peer Mentor (~50 volunteer positions available)

  • Can’t commit to an entire semester in the Fall but would still like to help support new students in their college transition? Volunteer to be a Launch Leader!
  • Launch Leaders guide a small group of students through Engineering Launch
  • Mandatory training: August 19th 9am-12pm 
  • Free Engineering SWAG!


Summer Session: Summer Experience Peer Mentor (~5 paid positions available each week)

  • Serve in a peer mentor role and group leader during the Quad Engineering Living and Learning Community Summer Experience
  • This video explains what Summer Experience is all about
  • Compensation: This is an hourly paid undergraduate-student position. The exact rate is TBD due to ongoing college-level budget conversations. 
  • Summer 2021 Virtual Session Dates:
    • Week One: July 26th & July July 30th, 9am-3pm Both Days
    • Week Two: August 2nd & August 6th, 9am-3pm Both Days

Minimum Qualifications:

For consideration, candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • Logistical & Academic Qualifications:
    • At the start of the position (Fall 2021-not the time of application), the candidate must have completed two full-time semesters within CEAS
    • Must be a full-time CU Boulder student in Fall 2020 (12 hours for undergraduate students, 6 hours for graduate students), in good academic standing with a minimum 2.250 GPA
    • Availble for the following mandatory trainings:
      • May 21, 2021 9am-11am
      • July 22, 2021 9am-12pm
      • July 23, 2021 1pm-4pm
      • August, 2021 13 9am-12pm
      • Engineering Launch: August 20th and 21st 
  • Intrapersonal Qualifications:
    • Have an understanding of, and sensitivity to, transition concerns and obstacles faced by new students
    • Have the ability to relate to students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities
    • Have a genuine desire to work with, mentor, and support other students
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Be comfortable initiating contact with other students and faculty members and planning activities to involve them
    • Have the ability and desire to work as a member of a team
    • Must be available for work approximately 2 weeks before the Fall 2020 semester begins. This time will consist of additional training and leading your mentees through Engineering Launch (orientation)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Peer Mentor, coaching, teaching, or tutoring experience
  • Small group leadership experience
  • Comfortable with public speaking, or desire to learn
  • Desire to learn and develop new skills


If you hold another job on campus...

  • Be aware, all of your on-campus positions cannot add up to more than 25 hours per week
  • If you are involved in another peer mentoring program in CEAS, be sure you have the time to commit fully to both programs

How to Apply and Timeline:

The application will ask for your resume and has a few short answer questions which are posted below so you can write your answers before starting the application (and paste them in when it is time). There is a one set of questions for new applicants and another set for folks who have served as a Peer Mentor in previous semesters. 


First time as a Peer Mentor?

 The application has a few short answer questions which are posted below so you can write your answers before starting the application (and paste them in when it is time).

  1. What interests you in the Peer Mentor Position and what you hope to gain from being an Engineering Peer Mentor.
  2. How do you build trust with those who have a different background or identities than yourself?
  3. What is a common issue for first-year engineering students? As a Peer Mentor, how would you try to address this issue with your students?
  4. Have you had any experiences where you facilitated or co-facilitated, or led, a small group experience? This can be in a club/organization, in a class, as part of a previous job, etc.
  5. If you could share one piece of advice with new students about remote learning, what would that be? 


Were you a Peer Mentor before and want to join us for another semester? Awesome! These questions are for you:

The application has 3 short answer questions which are posted below so you can write your answers before starting the application (and paste them in when it is time).  Please reflect on your experience as a peer mentor this past year through the following questions.

  1. How have you grown as a peer mentor over the course of the position?

  2. If offered the position again, what would you do differently?

  3. Give an example of a challenge or conflict you faced in COEN 1830 or with your mentees. How did you respond to this and what was the outcome? What could you have done better next time?
  4. If you could share one piece of advice with new students about remote learning, what would that be? 




*The application for this cycle is now closed. We are in the process of finishing interviews so we can finalize our Fall 2021 cohort of Peer Mentors*

If you missed this opportunity but still want to help welcome new students, sign up to be a 2 Day volunteer Engineering Launch Leader on August 20th and August 21st!

(Peer Mentors already selected for the COEN 1500 Fall term will also serve as launch leaders, no need to sign up again.)



After you complete the application you will be given the link to sign up for an interview.

Just keep in mind that the first training is May 21st at 9am so we appreicate you signing up for an interview before then. We understand that is a tight turn around, however, and if you miss that training you can watch a recording that will get you caught up with the information you need.  


  • Be sure that you are logged into your CU Boulder email account when you are accessing the application above. 
  • We will review applications and offer interviews on a rolling basis through May. If you are offered an interview those will take place over Zoom between now and June 17th (or until we fill all the spots we need for the fall). 
  • Peer Mentoring is better with friends! Encourage your Egnineering friends to apply too! 


Questions about the position?