Now Hiring IPO Mentors

Now Hiring IPO Mentors

The International Programs (IPO) is currently looking for a few of Purdue University Calumet students who would like to become part-time IPO Mentors for the department.  IPO mentors provide support for students in the English Language Program (ELP).  They assist ELP students in making the transition to American college life and serve as role models for them.  In addition to planning and chaperoning weekly field trips, IPO mentors also assist with other IPO programming and office duties.

 IPO mentors are hired for one semester at a time.  After each semester, they are evaluated by the International Programs Coordinator.  Positions are part-time and typically 10-20 hours per week depending on activities and the needs of the department.  Students from all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


International Programs Office mentors have the following responsibilities:

•          Assist with airport pickups, orientation and other practical matters for newly arrived students.

•          Assist in coordinating, organizing and chaperoning social/cultural activities and field trips.  Typically, there is one event per week for participating students.

•          Communicate with the students during social/cultural activities to develop a relationship and improve their English speaking skills.

•          Help students become familiar with university resources.  Advise and refer students to appropriate resources as needed.

•          Provide assistance and directions to grocery stores, banks, doctor offices, etc.

•          Maintain participant email list and provide information about campus and community events. 

•          Design and post fliers for events.

•          Write brief summaries of events for the IPO website.

•          Welcome guests to the IPO office and answer questions.

•          Participate in training before and during the semester as needed.

•          Attend occasional office meetings (typically held on Fridays).

•          Able to drive rented vans for airport pickups and local shopping.

•          Complete other tasks as assigned by the IPO Coordinator.


For consideration, candidates should possess the following qualifications:

•          Minimum grade point average of 3.0

•          Knowledge of, as well as interest and sensitivity to, other cultures

•          Knowledge of university system

•          Strong English speaking and writing skills

•          Strong computer skills including knowledge and use of Microsoft Office Suite

•          Strong interpersonal skills

•          Strong communication and teamwork skills

•          Positive attitude

•          Self-motivated

•          Reliable

•          Patient

•          Available to attend IPO Mentor training and occasional meetings

•          Fluency in another language is preferred.

•          An Indiana driver license is strongly preferred.

•          Juniors and seniors are preferred, but other qualified applicants will be considered.  Graduate students may also apply.

IMPORTANT DATES (Spring 2011 Semester)
IPO Mentors are expected to be available on the following dates:

(1) January 7 – 11 (Airport Pick-Ups)

(2) Wednesday, January 12 (Training)

 (3) Thursday, January 13 (New Int’l. Student Orientation) [NOTE: First day of classes: Tuesday, January 18]

(4) Mentors should also be available during the semester for bi-weekly Friday meetings (typically 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday field trips. Mentors usually chaperone 1 – 2 field trips per month.


Please submit the following documents: (a) a cover letter, (b) a resume and (c) a recommendation letter.

The cover letter and resume should be submitted electronically to The reference letter should be submitted via mail, campus mail or dropped off in person to Brian Domenget in the International Programs Office in CLO 176. 

In your cover letter (also called a CV, or curriculum vitae), please tell why you believe you would be a good IPO mentor, explain how the position relates to your long-term academic goals and share one positive cross-cultural experience you have had with students from another country.  (For help writing a cover letter and resume, you may visit or  You may also make an appointment at Career Services in SULB for suggestions on how to improve your cover letter and resume.) 

The recommendation letter (also called a reference letter) should be written by one of your professors, a former or current supervisor, an advisor or leader of a student organization or someone from an organization in the community for which you have volunteered.

Important: If you do not receive an email confirmation of receipt after submitting your application, please call (219) 989-2399 to confirm that your application has been received


Completed applications are due on Monday, November 29 by 4:00 p.m.


If you have any questions, please call (219) 989-2399 or email