PAA Job Description

Advising offices across campus invite interested and qualified students to apply for the position of Peer Academic Advisor (PAA).  PAAs in the upcoming application cycle will serve for the entire 2023-2024 academic year and are expected to participate in the training offered during Spring Quarter 2023 and prior to Welcome Week in September 2023, in preparation for Welcome Week activities.  Please note that many hiring offices also require work during Summer 2023.

Peer Academic Advisors (PAA) hold office hours and advise students about UCI, academic programs (majors, minors, or honors), and various campus resources. PAAs typically work as a team in each advising office and may be asked to develop and implement additional co-curricular programs and activities relative to the advising program in the school where they work.

Please note, additional duties are required for PAAs in the Campuswide Honors Collegium.  See the Honors PAA Job Description on their website.

Role and Responsibilities

The PAA role and responsibilities may vary according to the hiring advising office in each academic unit.  However, the following responsibilities apply to all PAAs:

Competencies to be Acquired

As a PAA, you have the opportunity to learn and develop competencies including:

Mandatory Training and Time Commitments

Spring 2023

Summer 2023

Welcome Week 2023

Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024


Peer Academic Advisors are expected to be paid $15.50/hour for the 2023-2024 academic year, pending budget approval.

Information Sessions

The PAA Program is holding an information sessions for the current application cycle on Thursday, December 1, 2022 @5pm (via zoom).

Individual Advising Offices may also schedule information sessions specific to their school/program.  If you are unable to attend an information session, you can view a previously recorded session using the links below:

Additional Information

For information about eligibility and the process to become a PAA, please review the Become a Peer Academic Advisor page.

For additional information about the application process, you can also review the Application FAQs.

If you still have questions about the application process or position, please contact the PAA Program at

Program Staff

Maya Brandy, 2022-2023 PAA Coordinator
Heather Cartagena, PAA Program Director