Applications to become a Griffith Mate in Trimester 1, 2018 is now closed!
Who can apply?
Any current Griffith University student is eligible to apply to become a Griffith Mate. However, the international nature of this program may appeal to students who:
- have recently returned from or are interested in an overseas exchange program or study tour through Griffith Global Mobility
- are studying event management and wish to gain first-hand experience coordinating Griffith Mates events
- are doing a degree with an international focus, such as Asian studies, international business or linguistics
- are undertaking another leadership placement that requires an intercultural leadership or community engagement component.
Benefits of being a Griffith Mate
Becoming a Griffith Mate offers a range of benefits, including:
- opportunities to enhance cross-cultural leadership and communication skills
- gaining a range of experience and skills sought after in modern, culturally diverse workplaces
- flexible hours to suit work and study commitments
- the opportunity to forge a global network of connections with Griffith students from Australia and all over the world.
Griffith Mate requirements
Griffith Mates volunteer around 100 hours a year. To receive recognition for a Griffith Mates placement, students have to meet the following requirements:
- remain actively engaged as a Griffith Mate for the duration of the academic year
- complete compulsory health and safety requirements before commencing placement
- complete Griffith Mates training
- fulfil the requirements of one of the core positions and at least one supplementary position during the academic year.
Griffith Mates who are orientation leaders are required to volunteer for at least three shifts during Orientation Week. The minimum duration of each shift is four hours.
Griffith Mate positions
Griffith Mates undertake one core position and at least one supplementary position during their placement. Core positions include:
Orientation leaders provide new students with a memorable first experience of life at Griffith University. They offer student administration and enrolment support and assist in orientation sessions. Tasks also include greeting new students at the airport to leading campus and city tours.
Event managers plan, deliver and evaluate all Griffith Mates events hosted throughout the year. Tasks range from developing an event plan, executing an event day registration process and analysing evaluation data to improve the event in the future.Supplementary positions include:
Senior buddies meet with groups of students from non-English speaking backgrounds to provide social support and guidance. Buddies meet with their assigned students for one hour a week for six weeks during trimester.
Community engagement leaders
Community engagement leaders deliver activities designed to introduce students to the local communities of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Activities include movie nights, conservation volunteering, bush walks, beach trips, cultural events, festivals and more.
Event day assistants
Event day assistants help the event managers to deliver all on-campus events throughout the trimester, assisting with event set up and pack down, registration, evaluations and facilitating networking activities.
Marketing and communication officers
Griffith Mates marketing and communications officers promote the Griffith student experience to a global audience. Through engaging blog posts, photos and videos of Griffith Mates events, marketing and communications officers help tell the world what it is like to be a student at Griffith University.