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Orientation Leader & First Year Peer Mentor

A Macaulay Peer Mentor leads their group through the first day of Orientation. Beyond that their role continues to guide students through their first academic year, organize meet-ups, and continue to foster community within their cluster.

Graduating seniors tell us that orientation is one of the most important events they attended as Macaulay students. Help continue this tradition by leading small groups of incoming students in team building activities.


What is a Peer Mentor?
  • A confidant, guide, academic resource, coach, role model, and friend.
  • Entrusted with facilitating the care, support, and learning of new and continuing students.
  • Knowledgeable about campus resources, policies, and culture.
  • Willing to share information, experiences, and accomplishments in a non-competitive way.
  • Open, understanding, and approachable.


Current Macaulay students who are good communicators, patient, enjoy facilitation or event planning, appreciative of different learning styles.



It’s fun; you’ll be working with Outward Bound, the nonprofit organization that facilitates our orientation activities. The schedule for leaders includes:

  • Attends Peer Mentor welcome
  • Attends Outward Bound training*
    • Friday, August 17 from 10 AM to 4 PM;
      (Long Island City 29-46 Northern Blvd).
    • Saturday, August 18 from 12 PM to 4 PM;
      (Long Island City 29-46 Northern Blvd).
  • Group leader for Orientation Day 1: Outward Bound Day*
    • Sunday August 19th at Lehman College
  • Attend Peer Mentor Training & Retreat*
  • Initiates email communication with group throughout the semester
  • Organizes at least 1 group meet-up during the fall semester
  • Organizes 1 community service project meet-up during the spring semester

*Lunch will be served at each of the volunteer days.


Additional Benefits

  • If you’re accepted by June 15th, Outward Bound will offer a bonus day including a ropes course earlier in the summer.
  • You’ll get a bag of Macaulay gear
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities including conference/workshop attendance.
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities with Macaulay/CUNY administrative professionals.


  • Returning Leader?

Email with any application & Orientation Day concerns. All other concerns please email

“Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet students from all different campuses and help people entering Macaulay. It is also a fun way to fulfill part of the community service requirement. “
— Alina Levine ’16 (Queens College)


Sabbath observant? Please apply!
We’ll have a special schedule and activities to accommodate you.