International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is still looking for graduate/professional students to be mentors to incoming international students for the Fall 2018-2019 School Year. By being an iLEAD mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to mentor groups of 8-15 new students, lead discussion groups and volunteer during New Student Orientation, plan social and cultural programming for new students and broaden your leadership and group facilitation skills. You’ll also be part of a talented and diverse cohort of iLEAD Mentors!I

2017-18 Mentor Application

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The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is now accepting applications for Fall 2018 iLEAD Mentors. iLEAD student mentors are current international and US students who volunteer and are selected based on their experience and enthusiasm to build a welcoming environment to Vanderbilt for all incoming international students, even before they arrive at Vanderbilt. We are looking for both graduate and undergraduate (sophomores and up) level students.

To be eligible, interested students must have been a student at Vanderbilt for at least 1 academic year, must submit the Anchor Link application by the deadline, and must complete an in-person interview.


  • Serve as peer leaders for a group of 8-15 new students, focusing on group dynamics and one-on-one peer mentoring
  • Communicate with assigned students by email prior to their arrival and act as a resource
  • Assist with International Student Orientation and all orientation activities
  • Join a student organization that works to create relevant and engaging programming for new undergraduate and graduate international students
  • Develop skills in leadership, group facilitation, psychological and counseling services, mentoring and cross-cultural awareness

Application Timeline

December 7th | 5 PM–Mentor/Executive Board Interest Meeting

December 8th | 8 AM–Mentor and Executive Board Applications OPEN on Anchorlink

January 15th | 11:45 PM–Executive Board Applications CLOSE

January 22nd | Board Announced

February 12th | ILEAD Mentor Applications CLOSE

February 19-28th | Mentor Interviews

March 2nd | Mentor Offers Extended