Become a Leader

CMNS Peer Leader Program 

June 2024 - December 2024

Do you remember how it felt entering university for the first time? The School of Communication is looking for students who want to have the opportunity to shape the first year experience for new Communication students. Be part of a team of enthusiastic student leaders who can provide a positive and supportive environment for new students entering SFU!

For this upcoming year, there will be two CMNS peer leader positions available with a $500 honorarium available for each position. During the Summer semester, successful applicants will complete in-person and online training sessions, attend the Course Planning Sessions on Thursday, July 4th, and 5th, and begin to plan events for the Fall 2024 term.

How to Apply

  1. Statement of Interest (Why do you want to be a leader - less than 300 words)
  2. Include your full name, and student number
  3. Resume

Email the above with the subject line, "Peer Leader Application" to Sheena Clarkson

Why join the team?

Develop skills

  • Enhance interpersonal and communications skills through verbal, written, and in-person connections with students and fellow leaders
  • Strengthen leadership skills in advising new students, providing support, and creating connections among new students
  • Opportunity to be involved in the event planning, implementation and team building skills
  • Opportunity to plan and participate in professional and personal development opportunities (LinkedIn, resume/cover letter, and leadership skills workshops) 

Be part of a community

  • Contribute your skills and knowledge to positively impact and welcome new students
  • Connect with a network of students, staff, and faculty who are involved with transition and engagement programming
  • Recognition on SFU’s Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

Position responsibilities

  • Engage with mentees and play an integral part in their social and academic transition into university life
  • Host monthly informative, engaging and fun workshops for new students in the Fall term
  • Continually provide support to mentees and new Communication students throughout the year through various mediums and sharing personal experiences
  • Be a proud representative for the School of Communication and strive to equip new students with the tools and knowledge to succeed at SFU
  • Share your experience with prospective communication students during workshops or information sessions


The ideal candidate for this position will:

  • Be a FCAT student with a major/minor in CMNS with minimum completion of first year at SFU
  • Completed CMNS 110, CMNS 120W and 130
  • Demonstrate strong public speaking and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate accountability, reliability, professionalism, time management and teamwork
  • Familiarity and experience with the various resources available on campus considered an asset
  • Previous student leadership, peer advising, event planning and experience in working as part of a team considered an asset
  • Ability to facilitate sessions either in person or remotely via an online platform (for example, Zoom)


If you have any questions or have concerns about the required time commitment listed above please contact:
Sheena Clarkson, Undergraduate Advisor and Recruiter (