The Explore Experience

Student Leader Programs

Our student leaders are here to support you in your academic and experiential exploration. They know what you are experiencing as an undeclared student, because they were undeclared too!

You will be paired with at least two student leaders during your time in the Explore Program: a Teaching Assistant and Peer Mentor in your Connections & Decisions course. students will also be assigned an Explore Program Mentor during their time abroad. We have a network of more than 60 student leaders, which means that your mentors can always connect you with someone who shares similar academic or extracurricular interests.

Learn more about each of our student leader roles below:

Teaching Assistants and Peer Mentors are assigned to your Connections & Decisions class and facilitate activities to help you reflect on your experiences, providing you with guidance and encouragement as you explore. They share their experiences, connect you with their networks, and help you learn about academic and experiential opportunities at Northeastern. They are also available for one-on-one meetings with students. Mentors serve as a key contact for Explore Program students while you are abroad during your first semester. Your Mentor will schedule virtual meetings to talk about your exploration, academic interests, and spring course registration.

Summer Ambassadors connect with new Explore Program students via phone, email, social media, and in-person when possible as you get ready to join Northeastern and the Explore Program in the fall.  Our Summer Ambassadors look forward to supporting you and answering your questions as you prepare to join us on the Boston campus: your new home away from home!

Explore Program student leaders with at least one semester of student leadership experience may apply to be Coordinators. These Coordinators meet weekly with Explore Program staff, facilitate the NU Horizons student organization, and support program events, communications, social media, and assessment. The Coordinator position is an opportunity for student leaders to enhance their leadership and facilitation skills. Coordinator roles include:

  • Assessment Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Community Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
  • NU Horizons Coordinator
  • Recruitment & Training Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator

Students who have federal work-study can apply to work at the front desk in 1 Meserve. Our office assistants help students check in for advising appointments, greet and direct students and visitors, and assist with administrative projects.



All first- and second-year students who started in the Explore Program are invited in January to apply for a student leader position for the following academic year! Becoming a student leader is a great way to stay connected with the Explore Program after you declare your major and develop leadership skills.

Students with federal work-study are invited to apply for an Office Assistant position at the start of each semester. Contact for more information.