Work or Volunteer for GEO!

Do you want to share your experiences with other students at Northeastern or help other students take their first steps towards a global experience? Come volunteer or work for GEO!

The GEO Ambassador program is a peer-to-peer program designed to inform full-time undergraduate students of global opportunities offered through Northeastern. The program includes a series of training sessions designed to enhance public speaking skills, help students learn how to communicate and articulate the impact of their global experience in a professional manner, and showcase career paths within the field of international higher education.

Ambassadors are highly encouraged to share their own experiences in their classroom visits and events.

GEO Ambassadors can expect 1-6 hours of work per week. The program runs August 23-December 3, 2021, with the option of continuing into Spring 2022.

  • Classroom/Organization Presentations: Ambassadors will coordinate classroom visits, based on faculty requests. Ambassadors will also reach out to student clubs/ organizations to provide a short GEO programmatic overview.
  • GEO Events: Ambassadors will help staff major GEO events (likely in-person or hybrid). Examples include:
    • Study Abroad Fair
    • DOC Fair
    • Affordability Night
    • Passport Drive
    • Pre-Departure Orientation
    • Welcome Back Event
    • “Study Abroad 101”
    • Global Quest LLC programming
  • Virtual Events: In-person international visitor info sessions are not expected in Fall 2021. Ambassadors will be assigned to virtual info sessions to ensure GEO representation at all info sessions.
  • Orientations/ Welcome Week: Ambassadors will provide support/ student perspective at Welcome Week events including Fall Fest tabling and Go Global with Northeastern sessions.
  • Social Media: Ambassadors will conduct social media takeovers throughout the semester, in coordination with the Communications & Media Coordinator.
  • Spring Yield Presentations (Spring Semester Only): Through the integration with, and the growth of programs like Global Quest and G.E.P., GEO has been positioned as a vital piece of spring university recruitment. Ambassadors will be an important piece of future yield sessions, providing valuable student perspectives.
  • GEO Marketing: With the return to on-campus activity, Ambassadors will help spread awareness of GEO programs and events through flyering, chalking, social, and tabling. Ambassadors will also monitor student feedback and preferences to share with GEO staff and fellow Ambassadors during training sessions.
  • Financial compensation ($13.50/hour for ALL participants)
  • A chance to share your international experiences
  • Public speaking skills
  • Networking with professors and offices throughout the university
  • Effectively and professionally articulating about experience abroad

Ambassadors must attend five mandatory training sessions throughout the semester on the following dates:

  • Orientation Training:
    • Monday, August 23, 2021 from 4:00-5:30pm
  • Monthly Trainings:
    • Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 4:00-5:30pm
    • Wednesday October 6, 2021 from 4:00-5:30pm
    • Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 4:00-5:30pm
    • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 4:00-5:30pm- End of Semester Farewell

Eligible applicants must fulfill the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • Must have participated in at least one GEO program (Dialogue of Civilizations, Global Quest, Semester In, Fall/Spring/Summer term abroad). Students with only experience should consider applying for the
  • Ambassador program this January.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or Higher
  • Must be in classes for the intended semester of participation.

Over the course of the semester, Ambassadors must complete:

  • A minimum of 5 classroom visits (per semester), presenting on GEO programs and opportunities:
    • Ambassadors can do as many presentations as they like.
  • A minimum of two GEO Events (such as Pre-Departure Orientations, Student Panels, Exchange Student Events, etc.) per semester
  • Attend monthly Ambassador meetings

Application Process:

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

  • To apply, please complete the GEO Ambassador Online application below.
  • A group interview may be held the week of August 16, 2021.
  • Final decisions will be made by Friday, August 20, 2021.
  • For more information regarding the requirements of the program or eligibility, please email the Global Experience Office at [email protected]

Peer Advisors provide front-line advising to students interested in studying abroad in one-on-one sessions at GEO (virtually and in-person). As a Peer Advisor, you will provide information on the various types of global programs available to students and help them select a program that meets their needs. You will help them take the first steps to apply to study abroad and understand the course equivalency process.

Fall 2021

The Global Experience Office (GEO) is seeking seven (7) enthusiastic Global Experience alumni students to serve as Peer Advisors for the Fall 2021 semester. Help promote global opportunities to your fellow Northeastern students!

  • Hours: 10 – 12 hours / week for the 16 weeks of the semester. Hours will be worked during GEO’s business hours (9am – 5:00pm). Additional hours for evening and events may be requested.
  • Compensation: $13.50 / hour

Additional duties include:

  • Sharing your experiences studying abroad in advising sessions, presentations, and via email.
  • Assisting GEO staff with events throughout the semester, including study abroad fairs, pre-departure orientations, and welcome back events.
  • Occasional front desk coverage (virtually and in-person) when GEO’s Administrative Assistant is not available.
  • Developing country and regional resources for GEO programs
  • Researching regional and program-specific information
  • Working on various special projects as assigned, such as:
    • Developing materials/ resources for GEO events and programs
    • Assisting with cultural events for incoming exchange students
    • Creating materials for pre-departure, re-entry, orientations, etc.
    • Promoting scholarship opportunities for study abroad
    • Supporting and developing GEO’s diversity initiatives
    • Recruiting and developing resources for underrepresented study abroad students

A strong candidate will fulfill the following qualifications:

  • Participated in at least one GEO study abroad program prior to the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Strong communication skills and a high level of comfort in speaking with other students, both individually in advising sessions and in groups at events.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize in a busy office.
  • Flexibility.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • A strong desire to help other Northeastern students study abroad.

Peer advisors must attend two (2) mandatory training sessions in the evening on the following days:

  • Monday, August 23rd from 4-5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 24th from 5-7:30PM

All training sessions are required. It’s preferred that you attend in-person. Please email Nora Salmon at [email protected], if you have concerns about attending the training.

Application Process

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, August 1st, 2021.

Zoom interviews will take place during the first two weeks of August. During the interview, you will be asked to share ideas you have on how to better support students interested in participating in a Global Experience program.

Co-op students: It can be difficult to maintain your hours as a Peer Advisor while you are participating in co-op. Please assess your current job responsibilities before applying.

For questions on the position, your eligibility, or more information, please contact Nora Salmon at [email protected]


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