Call For Graduate Ambassadors

Apply now for the Graduate Student Ambassador Program

The WMU Graduate Student Ambassador Program

The Graduate Student Ambassador Program is searching for current graduate students to promote graduate education, gain leadership skills, and help current and future graduate students in the 2021-2022 academic year!

Deadline

Applications accepted through Friday, March 5.  Submit materials to malia.roberts@wmich.edu

Duties

Graduate College Ambassadors serve as student representatives of the Western Michigan University (WMU) Graduate College and the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Ambassadors are current graduate students from each academic college at WMU who receive training to: 

  1. Inform prospective graduate students about graduate programs, student life, WMU and Kalamazoo community 
  2. Participate in recruitment activities and campus tours 
  3. Provide peer support to current graduate students by helping them navigate graduate school 
  4. Serve on a university council or committee that shapes policy and procedures affecting graduate students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Domestic students may be on full assistantship; international students may be on partial assistantship (due to tax and immigration laws)
  • Completed at least one semester of graduate study at WMU
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.25
  • Positively and professionally represent the Graduate College, GSA and WMU
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to flex schedule for 75 hours per semester (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Minimum Expectations

  • Attend a Graduate Ambassador training (August)
  • Attend University-wide graduate appointee virtual training (August)
  • Attend a monthly meeting with other ambassadors
  • Attend a monthly meeting of a university council or committee (if you are assigned)
  • Attend monthly GSA meetings
  • Participate in at least 4 events (e.g., recruitment events; campus visits; program open houses) per semester
  • Host two informational sessions for graduate students per semester
  • Meet with department and program leaders at least once per semester

Benefits

  • Develop your leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Make substantial contributions to graduate student life at WMU
  • $2,000 salary paid through a bi-weekly paycheck for the academic year (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Application Materials

1. Current resume with address, phone and WMU email

2. Letter of support from your advisor or program director at WMU1.

3. Letter of application: describe your qualifications, eligibility (see requirements above) and motivation for becoming an ambassador. Please tell us if you have a graduate assistantship.  Identify two (or more) areas you would be interested in serving:

  • College of Arts and Sciences- Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences- Sciences and Mathematics
  • College of Arts and Sciences/College of Fine Arts- Humanities
  • College of Education and Human Development- Teaching related programs
  • College of Education and Human Development- Non-Teaching related programs
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Haworth College of Business
  • Haenicke Institute for Global Education/International students
  • Off-campus students and Extended University Programs
  • Office of Military and Veterans Affairs/current military and veteran students
  • Graduate College outreach and recruitment
  • Diversity and inclusion