The Student Life Co-Curricular Programs provide a chance for first-year students at GW to connect with peers around a shared identity or common area of interest. Student Life Co-Curricular Programs provide meaningful connections through immersive cohort-based experiences and allow students to explore and discover more about themselves, their new peers, and their new home in Washington, D.C. The Student Life team currently offers three exciting Co-Curricular programs - Adventure Bound, LEAD GW, and Founding Scholars.
The Office of Student Life recruits Peer Guides for LEAD GW and Founding Scholars annually in the spring semester for the following programs:
LEAD GW: LEAD GW (Leadership Exploration and Development at GW) is a dynamic program that empowers students to learn more about themselves, socially responsible leadership and their new home. Participants attend leadership workshops, participate in small group activities, and explore GW and D.C. Incoming students are paired with upper-class Guides who mentor, share resources, and provide personal insights into involvement and leadership at GW.
Founding Scholars: Founding Scholars welcomes incoming first-generation college students to life at GW. Students will build community with other first-gen students, connect with faculty and staff, and learn about valuable academic and campus resources. The George Washington University formally defines first-generation college students as those whose parents did not complete a four-year, baccalaureate degree. We also recognize that there are many definitions for what it means to be a first-gen college student and welcome participants that identify with the definition in any way.
Student Life Co-Curricular Peer Guides are passionate and welcoming students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applicants should be interested in mentoring and supporting a diverse group of incoming first-year students as they transition to life at GW. Guides are volunteers who are responsible for leading a small group and creating a fun and supportive environment for GW’s newest community members.
Student Life Co-Curricular Peer Guides will gain significant leadership experience; develop professional relationships with administrators; strengthen their skills in communication, facilitation and presentation, event planning and program development, problem-solving, empathetic listening and response, and more.
This is a unique leadership opportunity to make an incredible impact on the GW community and in the lives of GW’s newest students. You will be among the very first people they meet at GW and will have the opportunity to mentor these students, make genuine connections with them, and help them find success, belonging, and connection at GW.
Some other perks of serving as a Peer Guide include:
Required: GW students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University (no active violations) may apply. Peer Guides should be an involved member of the GW or local community and have strong overall knowledge of GW and D.C. Students leading or participating in other co-curricular programs or training (e.g. SEASSPAN, Orientation Leaders, etc.) are not eligible due to scheduling conflicts. Peer Guides will need to be available to move in and start training beginning on or around August 16 with the programs beginning on or around August 20 (specific dates will be shared as they are confrimed). Peer Guides should be responsive via email over the summer.
Peer Guides for LEAD GW should have some familiarity with Student Life’s Definition of Leadership as well as each pillar of our Leadership Philosophy. Peer Guides should have a foundational understanding of student leadership concepts as well as an understanding of their own personal leadership philosophies so that they are comfortable facilitating discussions, workshops, and activities about leadership development. Lastly, Peer Guides should be comfortable working with both large and small groups of students and should have a good working knowledge of how to navigate around D.C. using public transportation.
Peer Guides for Founding Scholars should identify as a first-generation college student and/or have a strong understanding and appreciation for the first-generation college experience. Peer Guides should have a foundational understanding of the first-year, first-generation college experience so that they are comfortable facilitating discussions, workshops, and activities about campus resources and involvement. Peer Guides should be comfortable working with both large and small groups of students and should have a good working knowledge of how to navigate around D.C. using public transportation.
This position will support overall operations of either the LEAD GW or Founding Scholars Co-Curricular Program including first-year student welcome; marketing and social media; communications; logistics and facility support; and, issue response. Additionally, those serving in an HQ Role will be tapped to fill in for program Peer Guides who are unable to fulfill their role. Those applying for the HQ role should have a strong overall knowledge of GW and DC, be adept in written communications and social media, have an ability to jump in and problem solve, and have a team-focused approach to work.
If you have any questions about the Peer Guide role or application process, please contact Andrea Davis, Program Coordinator for Leadership & Student Involvement.
Dates are subject to change. Guide move-in and program dates are estimated and will be updated with finalized.
|February 16||Application opens at midnight|
|March 4||Application closes at midnight|
|March 7 - 10||HQ Role interviews|
|March 11||Final decisions shared|
|August 16-19 (approx.)||Guide move-in and training|
|August 20-23 (approx.)||Participant move-in and programs|