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POSITION: Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) SOAR Peer Advisors, Summer 2017



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. Peer advisors work collaboratively with CCAS professional advisors as well as individually to talk with students about their academic options and help them to select and enroll in courses. In addition, peer advisors provide valuable campus information and model successful student behavior. They also perform a variety of daily tasks as assigned.


Peer advisors can gain skills in problem solving and communication, are committed to helping exploring students, and possess a willingness to learn.


We invite, welcome and encourage applicants from across all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, city/state/country countries of origin, and academic interests to apply. No prior experience is necessary; training on both academic content and advising skills will be provided.


There will be one position shared between the Cross-College Advising Service and the School of Music. This peer advisor will work with incoming students from both programs. Students familiar with the School of Music coursework are especially encouraged to apply for this position. 



  • Completed two full semesters at UW-Madison by the end of spring semester 2017.
  • Continuing student status for the fall 2017 semester.
  • Available to attend interviews and training, and work all SOAR dates (Dates below).
  • The ability to work with a broad range of undergraduates and transfer students with a variety of academic interests.
  • A willingness to learn about and facilitate academic exploration for undecided/exploring students, and to gain knowledge of a broad range of school/college and campus-wide requirements.
  • The ability to relate to students from a broad spectrum of cultural, economic, ethnic, and regional backgrounds.
  • A commitment to diversity and building an inclusive UW-Madison community.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, listening, and public speaking skills.
  • The desire to work as part of a team to advise groups of students.

Planned vacations, study abroad experiences, and other jobs cannot conflict with training or SOAR dates.




Training: Please hold May 25-June 2 for training. Training dates will be finalized by mid-February.


SOAR Dates:

June 5-June 30, July 10-August 11.

There will be no SOAR July 3-7.

Welcome Week SOAR in August: August 23-August 31* There is some flexibility with these dates if you have commitments to Housing training or other campus positions. Please follow up with CCAS.

  • Peer advisors can expect approximately 25-30 hours per week.
  • Hours: Work will occur between 8:15 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Hours vary by week, but are determined in advance. You will know your work schedule by mid-April.
  • Peer Advisors cannot have other major commitments for the summer. Any summer classes, jobs, or other commitments cannot conflict with training dates or SOAR work times.

Interview Dates: February 13-February 17.


COMPENSATION: The per-hour wage is $10.50



Please submit the following to: peerapp@ccas.wisc.edu

** If you are applying for the Honors or Music SOAR positions, please indicate so in the first line of your cover letter.**

1. Cover sheet (including contact information for two references)

 Named: Last Name_First Name Application.pdf


2. Resume emphasizing:

 Past work/volunteer experience

 Activities and involvement


3. Cover Letter (no more than one page) addressing:

What about this position interests you and in what ways would you be a good fit for the role?  

Describe your experience with advising and how the interaction(s) impacted you.  Reflect on how this may influence your approach to working with undecided students.

Named: Last Name Cover Letter.pdf     


For resume and cover letter tips, visit: Campus Career Centers 

Applications are due February 3 at noon.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by e-mail by February 8.


Email: peerapp@ccas.wisc.edu 

Phone: (608) 265-5460