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Become a Peer Learning Consultant

The Center for Teaching and Learning hires undergraduate and graduate students to work as Peer Learning Consultants. Consultants work with communities, residences, and academic departments across campus to help other students develop effective learning strategies through workshops, consultations, and academic programming. These positions provide qualified students with valuable professional development opportunities.

Undergraduate Learning Consultants start at $17/hour. Graduate and Engineering Learning Consultants start at $28/hour. Peer Learning Consultants are expected to work approximately 5-8 hours per week. 

To be fully informed about the position and the responsibilities of a Peer Learning Consultant, we advise you to read all of the information below before submitting an application.


What you'll do

  • Apply knowledge of learning and teaching principles to increase efficacy of and engagement with workshops and academic programming
  • Design novel workshops and academic programming to address students' academic needs
  • Tailor existing workshop content and academic programming to specific student audiences and communities
  • Host, lead, and organize academic events and programming such as Virtual Study Hall, Grad Study Hall and Grad Studios
  • Provide outreach and liaise with schools, departments, community centers, and other campus partners across Stanford
  • Develop immediate and long-term strategies to support the academic needs of Stanford students
  • Provide academic skills drop-in consultations
  • Provide one-on-one peer academic coaching to Stanford students

Why should I be a Learning Consultant?

  • Flexible Schedule: Peer Learning Consultants manage and create their own schedule outside of meetings and trainings.
  • Build New Relationships: In addition to meeting students individually, you will also work closely with other learning consultants and staff and faculty at Stanford. Learning Consultants are in an unique position to mentor and develop rapport with Stanford students.
  • Professional Development: All new Learning Consultants undergo comprehensive training, where you'll learn not only to help your peers develop effective learning strategies but also to help you fine-tune your own learning skills.
  • Leadership Opportunities: Peer Learning Consultants are divided into smaller consultant groups, which meet several times a quarter and are managed by Lead Learning Consultants. Experienced Consultants have the opportunity to grow into these leadership roles. 

Application Process

1. Application: Complete the online application (which includes submitting a short statement and CV/resume) for the Learning Consultant position that most interests you.

2. First-Round Interviews: Qualified candidates will be contacted to participate in a half-hour interview with the Associate Director and other stakeholders.

3. Second-Round Interviews: Candidates who move forward from the first-round interviews will be contacted to participate in a half-hour interview with current Learning Consultants.

4. Admission: Successful candidates will be informed before the end of the quarter and must attend a welcome dinner to meet the team.

5. Note: Due to the shift to remote instruction and programming, the application process may be adjusted. For example, first and second-round interviews may be combined to one 60 minute interview. Welcome dinners will also be suspended until in-person programming and instruction resumes.


Peer Learning Consultant Applications

Peer Learning Consultants are undergraduate and graduate students who work with all Stanford students. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Applications for Peer Learning Consultants are currently CLOSED. Please check back during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Application Requirements

  • Must be a currently enrolled Stanford undergraduate, co-term, masters, doctoral, or professional student
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Undergraduate and co-term students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; graduate and professional students must be in good standing with their department/program
  • Must have a strong commitment to helping peers learn
  • Must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, time management skills, and attention to detail

Apply to be a Peer Learning Consultant


Engineering Learning Consultant Applications

Through a joint partnership with the School of Engineering's Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, (EII) the Center for Teaching and Learning hires Engineering Learning Consultants to primarily work with Stanford graduate students in the School of Engineering. Engineering Learning Consultants promote equity and inclusion in Engineering learning spaces and are current doctoral students in the School of Engineering. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Applications for Engineering Learning Consultants are currently CLOSED.

Application Requirements

  • Must be a currently enrolled Stanford doctoral student in the School of Engineering
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Must be in good standing with their department/program
  • Must have a strong commitment to helping peers learn
  • Must have a strong commitment to advancing a culture of accessibility, respect, inclusion and empowerment
  • Must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, time management skills, and attention to detail

Apply to be an Engineering Learning Consultant


Support the Peer Learning Consultant Program

    Undergraduate Administrative Coordinators are Stanford undergraduate students who support the Peer Learning Consultant Program. They are responsible for managing the logistics for academic programming, events, workshops, and peer coaching sessions.  Only active Stanford undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Graduate students, professional students and co-term students are not eligible. 

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