Residence Hall Peer Advisor

The application period for the Residence Hall Peer Advisor position is now closed. 

See below for a full position details for the CCAS Residence hall peer advisor position, including qualifications, and important dates and deadlines. Please review all information before submitting your application.

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Residence Hall Peer Advisor Position Details


Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) is Peer Advisors for work during the 2019-2020 academic year. To apply, note the dates of employment (below), read the full position description, and submit your application.  For full consideration, submit your application by 12:00pm, February 8, 2019. 

Dates and Times

We are looking for applicants who are available during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. Peer Advisors typically work between 5 to 10 hours per week when classes are in session September through May. Our offices are staffed by Peer Advisors Monday through Thursday from noon to 4:30 and on Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

We will also have training prior to the Fall semester in mid- to late-August. Exact dates will be distributed at our interview.


The per-hour compensation is $10.50.

Position Details
Mission of Cross-College Advising Service

Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) provides academic advising for undergraduates who are exploring majors. CCAS is dedicated to holistic student learning and serves the University of Wisconsin-Madison across all eight undergraduate schools and colleges.

Residence Hall Peer Advisor Position Description

Peer Advisors work collaboratively with CCAS professional advisors, as well as individually, to meet with incoming students about their academic options and to help them to select and enroll in courses. In addition to providing drop-in advising to students, Peer Advisors perform a variety of organizational tasks that support the functions of their CCAS Residence Hall office. Throughout the year, Peer Advisors will have the opportunity to assist with various events and student programming outside of their normal hours, such as the annual Majors Fair. Peer advisors also provide valuable campus information and model successful student behavior.

Peer Advisors can gain skills in problem solving and communication, are committed to helping exploring students, and possess a willingness to learn. No prior experiences is necessary; training on both academic content and advising skills will be provided.

Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

At Cross-College Advising Service, we respect, value, and celebrate the diversity of all UW-Madison students. We strive to make every student feel welcome, safe, and included. By committing ourselves to supporting and advocating for students of all identities, we hope to help foster a healthy campus environment where students can explore academic interests, make decisions about majors and careers, and reach their full potential.

We invite, welcome, and encourage applicants from across all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, cities/states/countries of origin, and academic interests to apply.


At a minimum, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed two full semesters at UW-Madison by the end of Spring 2019 semester
  • Continuing student status for the Fall 2019 semester
  • Interest in working with a broad range of students across a variety of academic interests
  • Commitment to diversity and building an inclusive community at UW-Madison
  • Ability to relate to students from a broad spectrum of cultural, economic, ethnic, and regional backgrounds
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, listening, and public speaking skills
  • Willingness to learn about and facilitate academic exploration for undecided and exploring students
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of a broad range of school, college, and campus-wide requirements
  • Desire to work as part of a team to advise groups of students

Application Details

This application is now closed. Please be prepared to answer 3 short essay questions in one PDF or Word document, each answer totaling no more than 200 words. You will also be asked to upload a PDF resume – both files should be titled as Firstname Lastname Resume/Essays.pdf

The essay prompts are below:

  1. CCAS advises students who have a variety of academic interests. What excites you about being a peer advisor who works with undecided and exploring students?
  2. What is something listed on your resume that you are proud of and how could it help you to be successful as a Residence Hall Peer Advisor?
  3. How would being a peer advisor be meaningful and/or valuable to you and your goals at this time?

Important Dates & Deadlines

All applications are due by Noon, 12:00pm on Friday, February 8. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • All students selected for an interview will hear by February 23, 2019.
  • Interviews will begin late February/early March
  • Students can expect offers of a position before the week of spring break, 2019.

Campus Resume Resources

Writing a resume and cover letter can be a daunting task, and you may not know where to begin. Your campus career services offices can help! Each school and college has their own career office that will review your resume and cover letter, as well as provide interview tips.

You can find your office information here: