Y-VISP Peer Liaisons

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Y-VISP Peer Liaison Job Description

The Yale Visiting International Students Program (Y-VISP) Peer Liaisons (PLs), under supervision of the Assistant Director of CIPE, support all Y-VISP activities and operations. Duties begin the summer and winter prior to student arrivals (before the fall and spring terms, respectively). Y-VISP PLs will assist with student arrival and orientation. During the orientation, they will organize and lead programs, activities, and excursions. PLs will meet regularly with the Y-VISP students, organize and lead events, and offer friendship and support to the students, helping them adjust to Yale College and integrate into the community. They will facilitate group communication through social media (e.g. Facebook, Whatsapp) and email distribution lists. PLs will organize and conduct off-site programming and excursions throughout the academic year, including one weekend-long excursion in the spring semester. Finally, PLs will help coordinate student participation in the Y-VISP Farewell events. PLs are expected to maintain and respect privacy of interactions among staff and students and must be able to attend weekly staff meetings.

Ideal candidates are mature, sensitive, organized, with excellent interpersonal skills and an eagerness to get to know the Y-VISP students and to ease their transition into the Yale community. At certain points during the academic year, the role can be extremely time-intensive. Candidates should be eager to engage with international students and must be prepared to prioritize this position above other non-academic commitments. Y-VISP Peer Liaisons must be able to arrive back on campus early, for training and orientation preparation in August and January.

Y-VISP partner institutions include: Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Waseda University (Japan), Yale-NUS College (Singapore), Ashoka University (India), The Chinese University of Hong Kong at Shenzhen (China), and ShanghaiTech University (China). 

Job Requirements:

  • On campus for orientation both semesters (dates TBD, but usually a week and a half before classes start in fall and one week before the spring semester) to prepare for the students’ arrivals, as well as be willing to work long hours during orientation.
  • An undergraduate student at Yale for both semesters.
  • Able to work occasional nights and weekends, and some periods of long hours during the academic year.
  • Mature, detail-oriented, responsible, professional, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to collaborate and work effectively as part of a team. 
  • Yale College student with a strong interest in working with international students, international programs, and peer advising. Previous international and peer advising experience preferred. 

Hours: Average 5 hours per week (during orientation period, 19 hours per week)

Hourly rate: Approx. $14 per hour

Time Frame: Peer Liaisons are expected to work a few hours soon after they are hired to begin planning for the upcoming terms, and to communicate with Y-VISP students via email. 

Contact Person: Lauren Perrino, Assistant Director, CIPE

Email Address: lauren.perrino@yale.edu

Phone Number: 203-432-5953