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Peer Academic Success Coach Application Information

About the Position:

Peer Academic Success Coaches (PASCs) are peer mentors, within the Academic Success and Tutoring Center, who are passionate about helping peers develop the skills necessary to become successful students. PASCs are trained to identify barriers to academic success and to assist students in creating action plans for overcoming those challenges. By working one-on-one with students in the program, PASCs build relationships with their peers and coach them on topics such as time management skills, study habits, goal-setting, test-taking skills, and learning styles. In addition, PASCs participate in on-going interactive training and development, making them an integral resource to program participants, the ASTC, and Stony Brook University as a whole.


Students interested in applying to be a Peer Academic Success Coach must:

  • be an undergraduate student who has been at SBU for at least 2 semesters
    (You can apply while still in your second semester at Stony Brook)
  • be willing to commit to a 1 semester internship
    (There may be the option to continue for a second semester)
  • be able to register for a 2-credit EXT 288/488 internship OR be willing to volunteer
  • be able to dedicate 8 hours a week to this position
  • be available during the training classes, which are held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am – 11:20am
  • be available for a weekly reflection meeting on Fridays (specific time to be determined)
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • be in good academic and judicial standing at Stony Brook University
  • be able to secure TWO recommendation forms from faculty or professional staff members
  • have the desire to assist other students with identifying and overcoming barriers to their academic success
  • possess a positive attitude and passion for helping others
  • be willing to work both individually and as a part of a diverse team

What You'll Learn as a Peer Academic Success Coach:

Students who participate in this internship opportunity will be able to:

  • work one-on-one with students to identify barriers to academic success
  • assess students' current practices and make suggestions for improvement
  • provide personalized support to peers who are seeking assistance
  • utilize and interpret various assessment tools
  • develop and employ interpersonal communication skills including: face-to-face communication, email etiquette, constructive criticism, and service referral strategies
  • design and facilitate academic success workshops and programs
  • identify one’s own behaviors that affect academic success
  • demonstrate effective academic success strategies
  • recognize and imitate proper workplace etiquette
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