Employment Opportunities

Apply to be an International Peer Advisor

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Western students are hired and trained to advise AUAP students in the residence halls.

What International Peer Advisors (IPA) do:

  • Facilitate AUAP student orientation
  • Plan activities for WWU and AUAP students
  • Advise students about personal problems
  • Assist with medical emergencies
  • Help students understand and adjust to American culture
  • Encourage student involvement in campus and community activities.

IPAs are required to work an average of 19 hours a week. Job duties include:

  • Interaction with AUAP students on a daily basis
  • Activity planning
  • Supporting AUAP curricular goals
  • Supporting AUAP students as they interact with WWU campus departments
  • Facilitating students' involvement with other WWU students and community members
  • Planning and leading weekly group meetings
  • Attending weekly staff meetings and check-ins with their supervisor

Benefits of working as an IPA:

  • Acquire beneficial job-related skills
  • Gain valuable experience in intercultural communication
  • Expand your resume
  • Make new friends
  • Enhance your college experience
  • Learn more about Japanese culture, language, and people

Required Qualifications:

  • Be a full-time student at WWULive within a 1 mile radius of a WWU residence hall; on campus housing preferred.
  • Commit to at least one five-month cycle
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 at the time you begin employment
  • Satisfactory completion of IPA Training

Pay Rate: $13.50 per hour.

How to apply to be an IPA

To apply for the IPA position, please e-mail auap@wwu.edu or come to College Hall 133 for an application packet. Cycle 1 hiring happens in late December to mid-January, and Cycle 2 hiring happens in May. You will be required to fill out an application and get two written references.

Teaching Opportunities

Since 1979, Western Washington University and Asia University of Tokyo, Japan, have jointly sponsored a number of international educational programs, including faculty exchanges, student exchanges, summer English language institutes, and most recently the WWU-Asia University America Program (AUAP). Two of Asia University's most successful programs are the AUAP at WWU and the "Freshmen English Program" in Tokyo. Teaching opportunities are available in both of these programs.

The AUAP at WWU hires from a vacancy pool of qualified applicants. See Western's Job Announcement for more information about the vacancy pool.

Asia University annually recruits lecturers for their Freshmen English Program in Tokyo. See Asia University's Center for English Language Education for more information about teaching opportunities at Asia University.

For more information, you can also contact:
Kerry Allen, Director
Asia University America Program
WWU, CH 241; (360) 650 - 4026
Email: Kerry.Allen@wwu.edu