Become a Cultural Mentor

Applications for the Cultural Mentor program are currently closed.

Volunteer Leadership Experience

Cultural Mentors serve as student peer mentors to new international students arriving each semester. They support international students in their adjustment to CSU and the greater Fort Collins community. Cultural Mentors act as intercultural peer advisors to international students to help them transition and prepare for academic and personal success at CSU. They also serve as volunteers for initiatives hosted by the Office of International Programs, such as Orientation, Weekend the Mountains, and World Unity Fair.

All students (international and American) are welcome to apply!

Benefits of being a Cultural Mentor

  • Develop cross-cultural communication skills
  • Gain experience working with populations from different backgrounds
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Clifton Strengths training opportunities
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Have tons of fun getting to know people from around the world!

Selection Timeline

April 14: Deadline to apply.

April 8 and 17: Notification of selected applicants.

April 22 or 23: Cultural Mentor training for summer responsibilities, 5:30 Р7pm, you only need to attend one of the trainings.

Minimum Requirements

  • Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at CSU in good academic standing
  • Interest in working with diverse populations
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professionalism, respect and common courtesy towards students, other Cultural Mentors, and program supervisors.
  • Desire to help incoming international students adjust to life in the United States
  • Ability to meet all expectations and attend required events listed below

Required events:

  • Attend bi-monthly meetings at Laurel Hall (day/time TBD)
  • Attend and assist with Fall and Spring orientation programs (August 19-23 and January 13-17)
  • Attend pre-orientation trainings (April 22 or 23 AND August 19)
  • Attend and facilitate small group activities at Weekend in the Mountains (September 28-29)
  • Attend World Unity Fair (March1)
  • Communicate regularly with assigned mentees before and throughout semester
  • Maintain a positive attitude and reflect the model behavior of a campus leader