Economics Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Ebonya Washington, invites undergraduate students to apply for a peer mentor opening for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Peer mentors meet with majors and prospective majors to provide advice on the economics and math-economics majors. They should expect to encounter questions about what it’s like to major in economics, how to choose courses and how to find a research opportunity. Peer mentors may also host community-building informal get-togethers for prospective and current majors. The Yale College Deans Office has some funding for food for such get-togethers.
Peer mentors receive training from the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning on how to mentor students and from me on departmental information about the major. Peer mentors should expect to spend about four hours per month on their mentoring tasks. The position is unpaid, but of course may be included on a resume.
During 2020-2021 the peer mentors have hosted bluebooking events and panels on internships and careers. Alya Ahmed, Derek Chen and Lara Varela Gajewski, this year’s mentors, are all happy to speak with anyone interested in the position. Their emails are here.
More information can be found on the Peer Mentor Program page.