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New Vol Leaders

Are you ready to make your mark on Rocky Top? New Student Orientation is looking for a group of dedicated students to serve as New Vol Leaders (NVLs). NVLs use their Big Orange pride to welcome New Vols and their family members to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville! NVLs serve as peer educators, resource guides, and role models to first-year students and transfer students as they transition to the university.

NVLs participate in a paid leadership training in the Spring semester and gain hands-on experience while working as a team to create a positive and informative atmosphere for all New Vols! NVLs work flexible, remote hours throughout the summer. Beginning in August, NVLs will implement and participate in six weeks of Big Orange Welcome by presenting information, serving as a mentor, overseeing Big Orange Welcome events, and leading activities and discussions for new students to assist in their transition to college.

Learn more about becoming a New Vol Leader

FYS 101 & TRANS 201 Peer Mentors

First-Year Programs is looking for students who are passionate about UT and want to make a positive impact! As a peer mentor, you will collaborate with other peer mentors, faculty, and staff in order to enhance the first-year experience for new transfer and first-year Vols in FYS 101 and TRNS 201. If selected for this paid position, you’ll be there to answer questions that new students may not be comfortable asking faculty/staff, provide students with information that only other students can know, and help steer students in the right direction. The application is open now!

Learn more about being a peer mentor.

Peer Career Advisors

Peer Career Advisors are trained and supervised paraprofessionals who provide career development assistance on a peer-to-peer level through the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration. They hold essential roles in the office and serve as liaisons between students and staff. Responsibilities include critiquing resumes, conducting mock practice interviews, assisting students with Handshake, internship/job searching and networking, presenting to student groups, and promoting the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration.

Learn more about becoming a Peer Career Advisor.

Student Success Ambassadors

Student Success Ambassadors (SSAs) will serve as enthusiastic and encouraging role models, mentors, and peer sources of important information for students at UT with an emphasis on serving students from traditionally underrepresented and marginalized communities including but not limited to,

  • first-generation students,
  • students from low-income backgrounds,
  • and students of color.

SSAs will be matched with first-year student populations mentioned above to meet with during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Learn more about becoming a Student Success Ambassador.