Skip to main content

Apply to be a First Year Mentor in the First Year Experience Office!

Deadline extended to 5 pm on April 7, 2021

First Year Mentors are undergraduate student leaders who serve as a resource for first year students in the First Year Experience Office, supporting students’ transition to and through the first year of college.


Mentors work 5-10 hours a week (depending on work study, office budget, schedule, and availability) and are paid at a rate of $14 per hour — this will increase to $14.75 in January 2022. Please note - this position can be a work-study or an institutional (non-work study) position. Students must submit a FAFSA in order to be considered for work-study. If you did not receive work-study this past year, you should still apply as we will check to confirm whether you are eligible or not.  


Mentors work out of the First Year Experience Office during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm. At times, mentors may be asked to adjust their schedule or work additional hours (based on availability and interest) to support evening and weekend events. Mentors are supervised by graduate-level student success coaches, the FYE assistant director and director of First Year Experience.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance and support to new students on an individual and group basis.
  • Serve as a member of the O-Team (Opening Team) at the start of the academic year which includes leading small groups during the First Year Day of Service, staffing Convocation, and facilitating first year reading experience discussion groups.
  • Assist in coordinating, staffing, and/or facilitating first year programs and events.
  • Represent the office and institution at information tables during Open Houses and Accepted Student Days.
  • Participate in the Viking Video Chat Series, a live webinar series for incoming first-year students providing them the opportunity to ask questions to currently enrolled upperclassmen students.
  • Oversee FYE social media platforms by responding to student inquiries and posting university events and resources designed to support student success.
  • Conduct phone outreach each semester to first year students.
  • Develop a series of vlogs based on assigned student success strategies.
  • Staff Student Success Stations throughout the course of the academic year, distributing materials and responding to questions.
  • Present workshops about topics centered on academic skills and behaviors needed to successfully navigate the college experience.
  • Submit bi-weekly blog posts on academic and social aspects of the university experience.
  • Assist in the development of resources and materials to support new students in their transition to the university.
  • Be familiar with university resources and initiatives. 
  • Attend all required training workshops and staff meetings.
  • Assist with general office functions including staffing the front desk, answering phones, hanging posters, etc.
  • Serve as a role model for new students and represent the First Year Experience Office in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Other duties as assigned

Terms of Employment

  • Must be a current, full-time student at Salem State University
  • Must have a minimum cumulative and semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Must apply to be an O-Team member
  • Must be available and participate in:
    • The FYE New Staff Kick-Off on April 29 from 5-7 pm virtually via Zoom
    • A summer canvas course 
    • Fall Training: Saturday, September 11, 2021, 9 am-5 pm
    • Winter Training: Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 9-5 pm

How to Apply

Franklin Chilaka
Back to top