Students are also encouraged to listen to Episode #5 of the PBA Podcast. This episode exclusively features the APA Internship. This is an important episode for anyone considering this internship.
|The Fall 2015 APA Internship Application is available on the "How to Apply" link on the left.|
About the Internship
The Academic Peer Advisor Internship is an enriching college experience for superior undergraduates. Academic Peer Advisors (APAs) assist professional advisors in the Academic and Transfer Advising Services office by providing general academic advising to their fellow undergraduate students. APAs create a positive and supportive introduction to the Advising Center by their work at the Center’s reception area, which includes handling telephone inquiries, answering basic academic questions, and scheduling appointments with staff advisors. They are also teaching assistants for the first-semester seminars (ADV 101) targeted to entering students. APAs are registered for the Advising Center’s internship program (ADV 488) and most serve for an entire academic year (fall and spring semesters) earning a total of six upper-division credits (three upper-division credits per semester).
Outstanding junior and senior undergraduate students are recruited to become an Academic Peer Advisor early in the spring semester prior to the first semester of service. The application process includes sending the application, a personal essay, a resume, and a letter of recommendation due toward the end of February. The interview process and selection is conducted mid-March with chosen candidates notified the first week in April. Selection as an Academic Peer Advisor is widely viewed as a prestigious honor. There are many benefits and rewards associated with the Academic Peer Advisor Internship:
- Three hours of upper division credit (course ADV 488) per semester.
- Experience in leadership, co-instruction of a first semester seminar, and academic advising
- An opportunity to explore the possibility of a career in higher education
- The chance to form friendships and mentor/mentee relationships with fellow peer advisors and other undergraduate students
How Each Semester Is Broken Down
During the fall semester, the internship consists of an intensive training program. The backbone of this training is the weekly seminar–style classes. These classes provide advising training through analyzing issues relevant to academic advising and the opportunity to give at least one oral presentation on these issues to the class. The internship also includes three written assignments (a journal, a lesson plan for a first year seminar class, and a case study exercise), and periodic quizzes. Additionally, Academic Peer Advisors perform supervised work at the Advising Center's reception desk, serve as a teaching assistant to a first semester seminar class for transfer students, and conduct outreach activities to the University community.
The second semester is focused on individual assignments related to University outreach activities, a continuation of the weekly seminar-style APA meetings, work at the front desk and a teaching assistantship to a first semester seminar. The internship requires the continuation of weekly journal entries, an oral and written report of their spring project, and a written assessment of their experiences as an APA.