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The Thrive at Georgia application will open Friday, March 15th, 2024. You can apply here. The application will close at 5pm on Thursday, April 25th, 2024. In the event that the program reaches capacity before the application deadline, eligible students who apply will be placed on a waitlist.


If you are applying to be a Graduate Mentor, please follow this link to submit your application. See details about this position below.



Thrive at Georgia Graduate Mentor
20 hrs/week (from July 3rd to August 3rd) 

(9 Positions Available)


The University of Georgia (UGA) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and creative Graduate Mentor within the Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE) for the Thrive at Georgia program (formerly known as the Freshman College Summer Experience). The DAE is a unit of the Office of Instruction. Our mission is to empower all students to achieve success with innovative courses, programs, services, and student-centered initiatives. The DAE supports students as they transition into higher education and sustains their progress through the University’s unique academic environment. We are committed to students, committed to success.

Thrive gives newly admitted first-year students the chance to begin their academic experience at UGA prior to the beginning of fall semester. Thrive participants enroll in 6 credit hours during Short Session II (July 8th-August 2nd) and attend activities and events organized by program staff. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge about administrative roles within an academic support unit and to become familiar with services provided to students on the University of Georgia campus.

The primary focus of this position will be providing in-residence mentoring to participants living in Russell Hall and supporting a faculty member in the service-learning course offered in the program. Some evening and weekend work will be required during the program. Detailed information about Thrive can be found at our website. ( Employment begins with required training for this position on June 26th-June 28th. Graduate Mentors will move into Russell Hall on July 3rd. Employment ends Saturday, August 3rd.


Job Responsibilities

  • Attend Thrive Graduate Mentor in-person mandatory training June 26th- 28th.
  • Live in-residence at Russell Hall for the duration of the program to provide one-on-one mentoring and advising for participants to encourage personal, social, and academic development.
  • Serve as a graduate mentor in a UNIV 1201S course section, assisting with in-classroom activities and management, as well as service-learning site supervision. Course meets M/T/W/R 1:00-3:30PM. (Graduate Mentors must be in attendance)
  •  Refer students to on-campus services (such as Exploratory Center, Academic Resource Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, etc.) as needed.
  • Assist with staffing and execution of Thrive Participant Housing Move-In (July 5th) and Participant Program Orientation (July 7th).
  • Attend some Beyond Class programming events to interact and engage with Thrive participants, as well as the program Opening and Closing Banquets.
  • Respond directly to crisis situations and ensure timely and appropriate reporting of information to professional staff.
  • Participate in a weekly Thrive staff meeting.
  •  Assist in any administrative duties assigned by the program director.
  • Occasional responsibilities may include moving program supplies, event setup/breakdown, and driving a University van.


  • Financial stipend ($2,500)
  • A single room accommodation in Russell Hall from July 3rd-August 3rd
  • On-campus meal plan from July 3rd-August 3rd
  • On-campus parking pass from July 3rd-August 3rd

Application Process

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via the online application, using the link that is titled “Thrive GM Application” to complete the application by 5:00pm on Friday, March 8th, 2024: Thrive GM Application.

Please Note:

  • The program will be delivered in person this summer. Should this change due to other circumstances, this job description will be altered as needed.
  •  During the time period of employment, graduate mentors will be working the maximum number of hours (20 hours/week), and therefore, a student cannot hold any other employment on campus during this time period.
  • Given the residential nature of this position, co-curricular programming needs, and the short program duration (4 weeks), weekend requests for time off cannot be accommodated.

The DAE does not pay fees associated with any courses you may opt to take during the duration of your employment.