Deadline extended: apply now to be the new Graduate Career Peer!

by Graduate Division Staff
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:30 AM

UCSB Career Services is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Career Peer position, to begin employment in Winter 2022 and run through Summer Quarter 2022, with the potential for continued employment through the 2022-2023 school year.

The Graduate Career Peer assists the Graduate Career Counselor and graduate students specifically on issues related to career development. This position will give the successful applicant valuable experience working in higher-ed administration and program development and promotion, as well as offer the opportunity to develop presentation skills and workshop development. During the COVID pandemic, the location of the position is primarily remote with occasional on-campus needs that are mostly based at the Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building, Room 1215). The Graduate Career Peer reports to the Graduate Student Career Counselor, Lana Smith-Hale, through the Career Services Department. 

PAYMENT: $18.00 per hour (provided by Career Services)

FELLOWSHIP: Partial fee support (equivalent to 25% TA fee support), provided by Graduate Division, including UCSB student health insurance (UC Ship)

HOURS: 15 hours weekly (37.5% appointment) during the academic year

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application deadline has been extended to October 31


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with developing new content and editing promotional events/activities/career opportunities for graduate students on the GradPost. Skills needed: strong editing and writing skills; content promotion skills; familiarity or interest with basic graphic design;
  • Help with graduate student workshops (e.g., LinkedIn, Versatile PhD) by editing, enhancing, creating new content and presenting workshops. Skills needed: strong presentation skills; friendly and open interpersonal skills; Support efforts to create targeted programming for graduate students and assist with logistical aspects of program development (e.g., help with grad student career mixer, organize panel discussions). Skills needed: strong organizational skills; collaborative skills; initiative skills; and
  • Offer direct coaching and mentoring support to graduate students by holding weekly office hours for student appointments; respond and advise student requests by email, phone, or in person; edit student resumes, CVs, and cover letters; and provide confidential support and make referrals as needed. Skills needed: positive attitude, desire to directly support graduate students, and mentoring/advising skills.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Aid in developing relationships and outreach to different graduate programs and departments to provide information, resources, and outreach to graduate students;
  • Assist with publicizing events sponsored by Career Services (e.g., marketing campaigns like This Week @ Career emails, in-person promotion); and
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other peer advisors and staff in the Graduate Student Resource Center, Career Services, Graduate Division, and Student Affairs.


  • Has completed one year of graduate study at UCSB, is in good academic standing, is within university time-to-degree standards, and meets all other standard student employment eligibility requirements;
  • Is energetic and knowledgeable about the UCSB campus;
  • Has a positive and self-motivated attitude, and is able to work well independently or collaboratively;
  • Can represent graduate student interests and concerns and is attentive to the goals of excellence in UCSB’s graduate education;
  • Has experience with or demonstrated ability to advise, mentor, and support students in Career Development or related experience;
  • Is able to work confidently with diverse student populations and is committed to practicing and promoting inclusivity;
  • Has effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication and presentation skills (meme-creating skills a plus!);
  • Previous experience in advising, teaching, and workshop/conference planning is desirable, although training will be provided; and
  • Previous experience in web development is also desirable but not required.

Additional Benefits: With the appropriate eligibility and approval, the position may be combined with a GSR or TA position, as long as the combined hours do not exceed 75% appointment (or 50% appointment for international graduate students). The Graduate Division will pay partial fees and graduate student health insurance equivalent to those provided for a 25% TAship if other student academic appointments or awards do not provide these fees.

Application Process: Interested applicants should fill out THIS FORM, which requires uploading a formal resume and cover letter highlighting relevant interests and experiences. The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, October 31, 2021. Please direct any questions to Lana Smith-Hale (, Graduate Career Counselor, or Vash Doshi, the outgoing Graduate Career Peer, (