mentoring students at lunch at PKs

New Horizons Graduate Scholars Peer Mentoring Program assists incoming first year students with their graduate college transition by providing positive academic, professional, and social environments outside of the classroom. NHGS peer mentors are selected and trained to offer academic advice and guidance to incoming students while providing their own student perspective on the College of Engineering experience. The New Horizons Graduate Scholars program also provides a series of academic and professional workshops for peer mentees and peer mentors.

Becoming a NHGS peer mentor

The NHGS peer mentor position offers exceptional students the opportunity to be both leaders on campus and mentors to new students participating in the NHGS program. Mentors are committed to helping their students adjust to life at Virginia Tech.

In addition to attending monthly professional workshops, mentors coordinate social activities with their mentees. The time spent mentoring and preparing for activities varies but usually averages around two to three hours per week.

If you are interested in making a positive impact on first-year students and helping others to avoid some of the mistakes you made during your first year at Virginia Tech, please read the “Responsibilities,” “Benefits,” and “Application Requirements” sections below:

  • Serve as an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer to help first-year students succeed at Virginia Tech and the College of Engineering
  • Provide assistance and support for first-year students with a focus on a smooth transition, acclimation, and a sense of belonging
  • Help first-year students feel comfortable by being aware of and responsive to their needs and concerns
  • Serve as a resource and positive role model for students new to the College
  • Work as a team with fellow peer mentors
  • Participate in monthly professional/academic development workshops
  • Attend monthly peer mentor meetings with the NHGS advisor    

Peer mentors have the opportunity to:

  • Build close relationships with new students
  • Develop interpersonal skills and learn about personal and professional leadership
  • Become recognized as a student leader
  • Available to serve as a mentor for the Fall, 2018 semester.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the academic year.
  • Complete two (2) hours of Peer Mentor training during the Spring, 2018 semester.
  • Be willing to contact peer mentee over the summer to answer questions regarding coming to VT.
  • Attend NHGS Peer Mentor sponsored events.
  • Serve as a positive representative of New Horizons Graduate Scholars program.
  • Maintain weekly contact, through a variety of methods, with mentees.
  • Provide names and email contact information for two references. Once the application is submitted, an online reference for will be sent to the individuals.

The online application can be found here:

New Horizons Graduate Scholars 2018 Peer Mentor Application