Employment as an International Peer Advisor (IPA)


What is an IPA?

A unique component of the AUAP is the International Peer Advisor (IPA) Program.  As a part of this program, Western students are hired and trained to advise AUAP students in the residence halls.  IPAs 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, and encourage student involvement in campus and community activities.


What do IPAs do?

The International Peer Advisor position requires organized, professional, and responsible individuals who are willing to take the initiative to make AUAP students' overseas experiences both educational and enjoyable. 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

Because student needs may arise at any time, day or night, IPAs must be flexible in how and when the 19 hours of work are met. In order to be successful in this position, an IPA must have a genuine interest in the welfare of the students assigned to his or her group.

Please click here to read the IPA Job Description.


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 WWU

  • Live in an assigned residence hall during your term of employment

  • 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

$11.55 per hour. IPAs will work an average of 19 hours a week over the 5 month cycle.


How can I apply for the IPA position?

If you are interested in becoming an IPA for the fall cycle 2015 (September - February), application packets are due April 20th.


The PDF application is available here:

Applicants who are accepted are required to participate in an intensive training session during winter quarter. IPAs may work a maximum of three 5-month cycles and must re-apply for each cycle they wish to work. Employment is also contingent on the following:


  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 at the time you begin employment
  • Satisfactory completion of IPA Training (training will take place after applicants are accepted)


Contact Alisa Sweet or (360) 650-6240 with further questions.