AISS Peer Mentor Program

The goal of the American Indian Student Services (AISS) Peer Mentor Program is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment to new students and an extended network of additional resources and information. The over-arching goal is to ultimately increase and improve retention rates for American Indian students by pairing them with peers who are positive role models and who can assist with a successful transition to the University of Montana (UM) campus. We will accomplish this goal by creating and connecting American Indian students who are currently registered UM students with new students; as well as further engage them in program activities.  

The AISS office is looking for students from any major to be peer mentors.  The person(s) selected will work under the supervision of the AISS Director and/or the Program Coordinator.  The total number of hours to be worked for the semester is ninety (90) hours.   AISS operates its programs year-round, so there may be the possibility for additional hours during normal UM closure periods (e.g. Summer Orientation).


  • An interest in and respect for the unique multicultural environment in AISS and the campus community
  • Sincere desire to guide another person(s) to help him or her achieve academic and personal success as a UM student
  • Ability to communicate and be nonjudgmental
  • Have excellent listening skills
  • Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives
  • Ability to handle confidential matters 


  • Make a minimum four-month commitment to developing and maintaining a mentor relationship with one or two new UM students
  • Meet with mentee(s) on a weekly basis
  • Attend mentor orientation and training sessions
  • Attend ongoing mentor trainings and bi-weekly meetings as established by the AISS office
  • Attend activities – social and academic provided by AISS
  • Meet with mentee on a regular basis to establish a good working relationship and to support mentee in academic goals
  • Assist mentee with problems that interfere with mentee’s success at school
  • Provide mentor plan, time logs, evaluations and other paperwork as requested by the AISS office


  • Salary:  $8.20
  • Leadership training sessions
  • Mentors receive ongoing support and recognition
  • Valuable work/volunteer experience
  • Recommendations for scholarships and/or future career

The *PRINTED* AISS Peer Mentor Application can be turned into the AISS Office, Payne Family Native American Center, Suite 113.  Applications received by September 9, 2016 will be guaranteed full consideration, and applications received after may be considered. Screening begins 9/12/16. Open Until Filled.