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Become a CLA Peer Advisor

2024 Applications are closed.

Please check back Winter 2025 for another opportunity for the 2025-2026 academic year!

We are seeking self-motivated, detail oriented and friendly Peer Advisors to help the CLA Advising Center make a difference and support student success!

Job Title:

CLA Peer Advisor (PA)


College of Liberal Arts Advising Center, Dean’s Office


$16 per hour; Federal Work Study accepted


Hours per week will be set each quarter around class schedules,

Hours will be an average of 10 hours/week and range each quarter 4 minimum -15 hours/week; between the hours of 8am-5pm, M-F. Occasional evening or weekend.

Supervised By:

Sabrina Canady, Lead Academic Advisor

(with additional guidance from our Associate Dean, Professional Advisors and Lead PA)


Job Description:


Role & Responsibilities

The CLA Advising Center employs motivated student leaders as Peer Advisors (PAs) to assist CLA students with academic advising and registration. PAs are expected to:

  • Represent the College and University in a professional, responsible and inclusive manner
  • Greet and check-in students who visit the CLA Advising Center
  • Manage Zoom drop-in advising as support to students and advisors
  • Respond to daily email and phone demands, including advising questions, appointment requests and campus resource referrals, and initiate various student adobesign forms
  • Help CLA students to understand General Education and major requirements
  • Assist students with understanding their Degree Progress Report (DPR), AP & IB transfer credit, PolyProfile & Degree Planner
  • Act as an informed resource for CLA students for matters related to Schedule Builder and registration
  • Assist first year and second year students with general academic planning
  • Understand and communicate University and College academic policies and procedures
  • Assist students with reading and interpreting for transfer credit
  • Guide students in identifying the many academic success resources available at Cal Poly
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Advisors to support the Advising Center’s mission

GRC & JOUR majors will have the chance to also work in their major departments, advising their own majors!



  • College of Liberal Arts student
  • Ability to work for at least the full 2024-2025 academic year, preferably beyond
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Appreciation for and ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff
  • Capacity for discretion, diplomacy and confidentiality
  • Able to work independently with a responsible, self-motivated and proactive work ethic
  • Resourcefulness
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 and remain in good academic standing during duration of employment
  • Must be enrolled at Cal Poly in a minimum of 6 units

Training Commitment

Selected PAs must be available for mandatory training held during Spring quarter:


  • University Wide PA training: TBD, likely half day on first or second Friday
  • Training with CLA Advising, weeks 3-9 (about 3 hours, twice per week; day and time TBD) ​​​​​
  • AND the Wed, Th, Fri the week prior to the start of Fall 2024. This may conflict with WOW and you may not be able to do both.


Online Application - CLOSED


ZOOM Interviews for selected candidates will be as follows:
  • Panel interview with Supervisor, Lead Peer Advisor and Peer Advisor: will be scheduled for sometime between Feb 12-16 .
  • Those invited for a second round interview with our current Peer Advisor team: will be scheduled for sometime between Feb 26-Mar 1.
  • Final decisions made by Friday March 1.

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