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Peer Leader Applications


About the Peer Leader Role: Leading is in all of us, and we welcome quiet, loud, introverts, extroverts and all the in-between. Peer Leaders represent Cal Poly and the Center for Leadership and it is our hope that the Peer Leader team will represent a wide spectrum of majors, activities, interests, backgrounds, and have a variety of University experiences. The Center for Leadership believes that we all have the capacity to be leaders and think expansively about the concept of leadership – holding positional leadership previous to or during your Peer Leader role is in no way a requirement for this position. Peer Leaders are paid and expected to dedicate 5-7 hours per week depending on the needs of the Center.

Applicants for Peer Leader roles should:

  1. Be a current Cal Poly student in good academic standing* and have a willingness to grow as a leader.
  2. Be willing to learn and grow in your own leadership development.
  3. Complete the Emerging Leadership Certificate (Emerging Leaders Series) with the Center for Leadership.
  4. Be able to commit 5-7 hours a week to the Center for Leadership (each team has a more specific minimum for commitment outlined below).
  5. Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including comfort with public speaking.
  6. A strong sense of initiative, self-direction, and a desire to challenge themselves.
  7. Be comfortable with ambiguity and change.
  8. Have excellent organizational skills.
  9. Be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  10. Be able to receive and follow feedback from professional and graduate staff.
  11. Be able to follow through and complete tasks within a given timeline and meet deadlines.
  12. Bring personal interests and passions to their work.
  13. Demonstrate a willingness to develop and model leadership knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  14. Accept the responsibility of being dedicated to the Center for Leadership and serving as a role model within the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo communities.
  15. Act in good judgment and be accountable for any actions that can be directly associated with Center for Leadership activities and events.
  16. Be in good standing with the university.
  17. Expect to work on projects within specific areas likes Engagement, Curriculum, and Facilitation.

* A minimum higher education GPA of 2.5 is considered “good academic standing.”

Application: Please click on the following links to learn more about the Peer Leader role and interview process. Once you have read this information, please answer the following questions and highlight your previous leadership experiences. 

Interview and Selection Process

Overall Peer Leader General Responsibilities

Peer Leader Team Specific Responsibilities

    Thank you for interest in the Peer Leader role in the Center for Leadership. If you have any questions regarding the selection process, please contact our Team with any questions @ leadership@calpoly.edu

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