Peer Helpers

Thank you for your interest in becoming a peer volunteer. The Student Success Centre has opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their presentation and student-advising skills.

Group of students

If you are either an undergraduate or graduate student and wish to be considered for a volunteer position at the SSC, please fill out the corresponding application below.

Learn more about the Peer Helper Program

Contact Info

Peer Contact - Undergrad

Peer Contact - Graduate

Paul Papin

Undergraduate Students

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Student Success Centre. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.  Please complete the application if you'd like to be contacted for the next round of interviews. You'll be contacted as positions become available. 

The Student Success Centre has two undergraduate positions: PASS Assistant and Virtual Study Group Peer. All volunteer positions require a commitment of three to five hours per week.

The PASS Assistant Peer Helpers provide support in the Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for various courses. You'll build co-facilitation skills and learn how to encourage a peer collaborative approach to learning. For more information regarding PASS, please refer to the PASS page.

Virtual Study Group Peer Helpers organize and facilitate Virtual Study Groups to engage students within courses they are participating in for themselves and fellow students. Students can build skills in supporting others, and have a chance to share study tips with new students.

In all roles, Peer Helpers will work with SSC staff on projects as needed, and may have the opportunity to present seminars about academic strategies and study skills at SSC events.

The Student Success Centre strives to create a learning environment for the all Peer Helpers.  Peers will have the opportunity to perform all functions as the schedule allows; however, peers will primarily perform the functions of their designated role. Please click on the links below for detailed descriptions of the positions:

Graduate Students

Graduate Support Peers participate in three programs that create a positive and academically-focused environment for graduate students from various disciplines. Peers will help facilitate Graduate Writing Community and will mentor other graduate students and undergraduate students with questions about graduate school as part of the Graduate Coaching Program.  Graduate Support Peers also participate in our Conversation Groups for International students.  Please click on the link below for a detailed description of the position:

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with SSC staff to support graduate students and undergraduate students interested in graduate school with various aspects of their academic career, such as goal setting, motivation and self-efficacy.
  • Actively participate in on-going professional development activities offered through the SSC.
  • Run Graduate Writing Community sessions, which include introducing the program, tracking and goal setting, and supporting productivity during the session. Peers will be encouraged to participate in writing community by writing alongside other participants.
  • Mentor less experienced graduate students and undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate school through one on one meetings. 
  • Support the facilitation of Conversation Group programming for international students by engaging with participants to support their enhancement of conversational and academic language skills.


  • Learn strategies employed by effective academic writers.
  • Use project-management skills relevant to research and academic writing.
  • Expand awareness of time-management techniques and their use in graduate contexts.
  • Interact with graduate students from various disciplines and obtain a larger breadth of knowledge.


  • Enrolled in a graduate program at UCalgary, or affiliated with a university department as a post-doctoral researcher.
  • Completed a minimum of one year of graduate education.
  • Experience conducting a long-term research project is preferred.

Peer Commitment:

  • Minimum of three hours per week.
  • Must be willing to participate in a daylong training session (date to be decided)