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HDEV Peer Advisor Internship

Open to junior and senior human development majors, the two-semester HDEV peer advisor internship gives you the chance to gain professional experiences that complement and enhance your academic coursework and professional interests, especially if you are interested in counseling, student affairs or the helping professions.

Major responsibilities

  • Advise students on a walk-in basis
  • Assist HDEV faculty and staff
  • Help with course selection, scheduling and late add/drop questions
  • Assist students in exploring internship opportunities
  • Offer referrals to campus resources, both academic and non-academic
  • Help students learn to use B-mail, Blackboard and BU Brain
  • Stay abreast of room changes and canceled classes
  • Answer questions about University and CCPA policies
  • Distribute forms and other paperwork
  • Advise students about independent-study opportunities
  • Help students understand Degree Works and DARS
  • Talk with prospective students interested in transferring to HDEV
  • Attend campus-wide events including orientations, open houses and schedule fests

Credits and time commitment

  • This is a two-semester internship
  • You will earn 8 credits — 4 credits in the fall and 4 credits in the spring
  • To receive full credits, you must spend 7 hours each week in the Peer Advisors office plus attend a weekly 1-hour meeting (for a total of 8 hours)
  • In addition to the 8-hour weekly time commitment, you must keep weekly journals and complete an academic research paper on a subject relevant to your internship experience


To be considered for the internship, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time, matriculated HDEV student in good standing with the University
  • Have earned at least 57 credits at Binghamton by the end of the spring semester
  • Possess a strong academic record, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (students with a lower GPA may be considered)
  • Have no more than one incomplete grade on your transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Be able to commit to two semesters
  • Be available for a weekly training meeting (every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon)
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Have an interest in helping others and socializing with students, parents, faculty and staff
  • Possess a positive and team-oriented attitude
  • Be skilled in using BU Brain, reading Degree Works/DARS reports and using other campus software
  • Be able to attend a week-long training session in August (the week prior to the start of the fall semester)
  • Come to the Peer Advising Office (UDC-450) and speak with a peer advisor before submitting your application

What peer advisors have to say about the experience

Being a peer advisor has been a great addition to my senior year at Binghamton. I love being able to help other students in achieving their goals and ease their concerns about scheduling and meeting graduation requirements.
–Haley M. Meltcher (2015-16)
Peer advising gave me the chance to know so many students on such a deeper level than just classmates I sat in a room with. Peer advising is much more than just helping students with their schedule; it is a unique opportunity that gives those who decide to be part of the peer advising staff the chance to see students inside and outside of the office and always extend a smile.  With all the stress that college puts on students, those smiles and interactions go a long way.
–Matthew Yudin (2014-15)

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Last Updated: 9/15/17