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Peer Leader Program

Help First Years Gain Confidence

Help First Years Gain Confidence

[Click here to apply to be a Peer Leader.]

Who Are the Peer Leaders?

Peer Leaders (PLs) are upper class students who assist new students in their transition to college life. Beginning at Orientation, Peer Leaders welcome students and their families to campus and then continue to provide support to new students throughout the fall semester in the Bridges to Learning seminar and beyond. They not only help first-years connect with campus resources, but they also strive to build camaraderie and help new students engage in the greater NEC community.

Our 2019-2020 Peer Leaders

  • Hail from 10 different U.S. States
  • Study 14 different majors
  • Participate in 10+ clubs and organizations
  • Play on 8 NEC athletic teams

What Are Peer Leaders Saying About their Experience?

2019-2020 Peer Leader Group

2019-2020 Peer Leader Group

“Getting to know and making connections with my students was the best part of peer leading. They taught me so much about myself.”

“I appreciated having the opportunity to influence first-year students and help make their first semester a good one.”

“I learned that I can make an impact on other students’ lives. Students do look up to me and they do ask me for help when things get tough.”

“I feel more confident that I can be a successful leader. When I first started this experience, I had doubts that I would be good at it, but as I’ve grown I can see that I am capable of more than I thought.”

Peer Leader Job Description

Peer Leader Overview

Responsibilities include:

  • Help organize and run Summer Pilgrimage and Fall Orientations
    • Summer: 7/16-7/19
    • Fall: 8/20-8/30
  • Full Timeline Commitment: May 5-12th, August 12-30th
  • Welcome new students and their families to campus
  • Serve as a resource for new students for all of Academic Year 2020-2021
  • Help plan and co-teach a section of LAS 1000: Bridges to Learning
  • Connect new students to campus resources and build community
  • Promote social and academic success among new students
  • Collaborate with fellow Peer Leaders on a variety of initiatives to engage new students
  • Obtain ropes course training to lead team-building activities
  • Attend group and individual meetings regularly throughout the year

Qualifications – Applicants must:

  • Be returning, full-time NEC students (enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours)
  • Be available to participate in and pass intensive Leadership Course (2 required sessions): May 5-12 and August 12-19
  • Be available for and provide own transportation to Summer Pilgrimage and Fall Orientations 
  • Be in good academic (CGPA of 2.5+) standing; conduct standing will be reviewed
  • Be able to commit 5-7 hours each week during the 2020-2021 academic year

What’s in It for You?

  • Scholarship recognizing your year-long commitment to program
  • Credits for successful completion of Peer Leadership Facilitation Course
  • Development of leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • NEC Gear
  • New experiences, group outings, opportunities to make connections across campus
  • Letter of Recommendation at end of academic year, if desired
  • Valuable experience to add to your resume


Peer Leader Application 

Peer Leader Recommendation Form 
*Returning Peer Leaders do not need to get a recommendation form

Timeline for Peer Leader Selection Process

  • January 17 –  Applications available via NEC email
  • February 7 – Priority deadline
    Those who submit an application by this date will be invited to attend an event the week of 2/13.
  • February 27 – Final deadline
    Applications due by 4:30 p.m.; no late applications will be accepted
  • March 2-8 – Review of applications/NEC Spring Break
  • March 16-23 – Individual interviews
  • March 24 and 25 – Group process: Henniker
  • March 26 – Group process: Manchester
  • March 27 – Decision letters delivered after 4:30 p.m.
  • April 3 – Position acceptance deadline by 4:30 p.m.