Peer Programs

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Queen's Peer Programs! With more than 10 programs recruiting students to work in peer support roles, there's an opportunity for you, whether you're interested in mentoring, health education, learning strategies, international experience, career coaching and more. Enhance your leadership experience while supporting your peers and building community virtually or on campus! 

The application process has been simplified so you can apply for one or more programs through a single application form. Please note that some programs require you to attach your resume and letter of interest to the application.

The application for Peer Programs is now closed. Check back in February 2022!


Indigenous Peers 

The Indigenous Peers program pairs upper year Indigenous students with first year students, to encourage spiritual, mental, physical and emotional wellbeing during their first year. The program hopes to enhance the students’ university experience, encourage retention and promote wellness.

For more information, please review the Indigenous Peers Position Description (Word, 158KB).

Indigenous Peer application.

Campus Observation Room Volunteers

Campus Observation Room (COR) volunteers promote safer alcohol use and reduce potential harm to intoxicated students by monitoring them under the supervision of a Detox worker in our on-site, non-medical detox centre. The COR program has two recruitment periods. Volunteers are typically recruited, hired and trained the first part of September and during the winter term. Successful applicants complete COR training in the fall term and begin volunteering in September or October of each year. Look for application details on this page in August–September and January–February of each year.

For more information, please review the Campus Observation Room Volunteer Job Description (Word, 23KB).

Peer Health Educators 

Peer Health Educators (PHEs) coordinate, plan, and facilitate a variety of health promotion initiatives and health education campaigns which are implemented online and on campus. The program is comprised of topic teams ranging from: healthy eating and cooking, sexual health, substance use, physical activity (running), financial literacy, rest & relaxation, and mental health. PHEs also help connect students with appropriate resources and supports on campus.

For more information, please review the Peer Health Educators Position Description (Word, 20KB).

Peer Health Educators application.

English Conversation Peers

The English Conversation Program with the QUIC (Queen's University International Centre) provides international students with activities to further develop their English language skills while easing their transition into a new University community. 

Peer facilitators contribute to weekly program meetings (online or in person), facilitating conversations in small groups in a supportive environment. This is a great opportunity to share and strengthen your communication skills, develop intercultural awareness, and meet students from all over the world. Those considering future work with diverse groups, with newcomers or in teaching and learning may find this program particularly interesting.

For more information, please review the English Conversation Peers Position Description (PDF, 146KB)

English Conversation Peers application.

World Link Volunteers 

World Link is an intercultural program at Queen’s that promotes learning, sharing, acceptance, and celebration of diverse cultures within the Queen’s community.

The program focuses on supporting the successful adjustment of international students to the Canadian and Queen’s social and academic culture while providing social network building opportunities through workshops and social events.

For more information, please review the World Link Volunteers Position Description (PDF, 198KB).

World Link Volunteers.

Resume Coaches

Help students customize their resumes and cover letters through one-on-one appointments at Career Services and drop-in Resume Clinics at career fairs. Learn active listening and coaching skills that can prepare you to enter many professional fields, and connect with like-minded peers who are committed to helping others.

For more information, please review the Resume Coaches Position Description (PDF, 271KB).

Resume Coaches application.

Bounce Back Peer Mentors

Bounce Back is an academic support program that matches first-year undergraduate students who may be struggling academically with upper-year Mentors. Mentors work with their mentees one-on-one to help them identify the source(s) of their difficulties, share learning strategies and connect them with appropriate on-campus resources.

For more information, please review the Bounce Back Peer Position Description (PDF, 119KB).

Bounce Back Peer Mentors application.

QSuccess Mentors 

QSuccess Mentors provide one-on-one mentorship to first-year students to support them to transition successfully to university. Especially during these uncertain times, a mentor can help first-year students navigate the transition to first year and remote learning, build connections and develop a community at Queen’s, learn how to access campus, community, and online resources, develop time-management and self-management skills, etc. Most importantly, a mentor is a listening ear that helps students navigate their challenges and celebrate their successes during their first year at Queen’s. 

For more information, please review the QSuccess Mentors Position Description (PDF, 115KB).

QSuccess Mentors application.

Upper-Year Peer Mentors 

Transition doesn't stop after the first year, so the Peer Mentor Program is designed to match students in their second year or above with upper-year peer mentors to build confidence, encourage healthy lifestyles and contribute to a satisfying university experience. 

For more information, please review the Upper-Year Peer Mentor Position Description (PDF, 115KB).

Upper-Year Peer Mentors application.

Peer Learning Assistants

Help students learn how to be more productive and effective learners by facilitating learning strategies workshops and providing drop-in academic coaching. 

For more information, please review the Peer Learning Assistants Position Description (PDF, 304KB).

Peer Learning Assistants application.

Peer Writing Assistants

Volunteer at the Writing Centre to help other undergraduate students develop their writing skills through workshops and one-on-one consultations with students taking first and second year courses.

For more information, please review the Peer Writing Assistants Position Description (PDF, 321KB).

Peer Writing Assistants application.