Volunteering and Leadership

During your degree, we encourage you to participate in as many experiences as possible that will expand your academic achievements, develop your personal and professional skills, and provide chances for you to apply your knowledge and extend your learning beyond the classroom.

Volunteering and leadership

During your degree, we encourage you to participate in as many experiences as possible that will expand your academic achievements, develop your personal and professional skills, and provide chances for you to apply your knowledge and extend your learning beyond the classroom. In the job market today, employers value graduates who are well-rounded, flexible, multi-skilled and knowledgeable. They seek graduates who have transferrable skills to complement their excellent academic results, and who can contribute to their goals in varied ways.

While you are studying with us, why not take advantage of the many opportunities available for you to get involved with programs that will extend your learning opportunities, connect you to communities, and enhance your employability? Some options are listed below.

In2science - peer mentoring in schools

Are you passionate about science and maths?

In2science places university science, technology, engineering and maths students as volunteer mentors in year 8 and 9 classes at low socioeconomic schools. Mentors work as role models to encourage high school students to relate science and maths to their real lives and interests.

As a mentor you will develop your communication skills, enhance your resume, get a taste for the science/maths classroom and encourage the next generation of science students!

For more information, please email In2Science.

Leaders in Communities Award

This self-paced award allows you to gain recognition on your academic transcript of results for extra-curricular leadership and volunteering activities. Activities like these help you to develop career-related skills and build valuable professional networks.

Science Peer Mentoring Program

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The Science Peer Mentoring Program is designed to help first year students adjust to university life by matching you with a second or third year mentor from the Bachelor of Science. Our mentors will help you feel settled and connected, and you will get to meet other first
year students as part of the program.

The program runs for 6 weeks at the start of each semester, and is open to students in their first year in the Bachelor of Science (first or second semester). You mentors will have many tips and resources to share to help you make the most of your time at university.

For international and rural students, the program is a great way of adjusting to life in Melbourne and Australia. However all first year students are welcome to join.

Becoming a Peer Mentor

Are you second year or above and interested in becoming a mentor? We’d love to hear from you. Especially if you:

  • Remember what it was like starting uni for the first time
  • Are in your 2nd year (or above) of a Bachelor of Science, or have completed a Bachelor of Science and now in a graduate course
  • Are passionate about supporting new students as they adjust to life at the University of Melbourne, and to the city itself
The best aspect of being involved in the program was being able to help out a 1st year student, and give them advice that I would have really appreciated in my first semester. Also, making friends!

Mentor, Semester 1 2016.

Benefits for mentors

  • A chance to develop your interpersonal and communication skills as you guide and assist new students
  • Opportunities to develop your leadership skills and talents
  • Satisfaction of helping others
  • Boost your CV through the experience and new skills gained
  • Develop new friendships with fellow students

What we expect from you

  • Attend a group training session
  • Meet with first year mentees at least 3 times across the semester
  • Be available to answer questions via email
  • Refer mentees to resources and services available at the University

Interested?

Registrations are now open for peer mentors in Semester 1, 2017. Please apply to be a mentor here. For more information about this program, please email the Science Academic Engagement Team.