University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

 Dean's Student Ambassador Program

Dean's Student Ambassador Program

Peer Mentorships
All students are welcome to come in for a peer mentorship session with ambassadors during their set weekly hours (through Week 10) to discuss the public policy major/minor, talk current news and events, get advice on classes, and much more. 
Undergraduate Ambassador Peer Mentors (Winter 2018):
MPP Ambassador Peer Mentors (open to all students; by appointment only):
For general questions or to make an appointment, please contact

As part of the Marketing, Communications & Events Department, the Dean’s Student Ambassador Program is a leadership and student success initiative of the UCR School of Public Policy, geared towards developing high-achieving public policy students. The program is akin to an internship.

 Ambassadors are public policy students who serve the UCR School of Public Policy as:

    • brand advocates
    • school representatives
  • word-of-mouth marketers
  • recruiters
  • event staff
  • role models
  • peer mentors

Reporting to the Marketing, Communications & Events Manager, ambassadors spread the word about not just their personal brands, but more importantly, the UCR School of Public Policy brand. 

Ideal ambassadors are leaders among leaders who adhere to the shared values of the program:

  • Dedication
  • Enthusiasm
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Service
  • Conscientiousness
  • Initiative
  • Refinement
  • Communication

Selection Guidelines:

  • Student AmbassadorsApplications will be open to UCR undergraduate public policy students (both majors and minors - freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors expecting to remain a fifth year) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) students in early 2018.
  • Applicants must be declared public policy majors or minors and must have attended UCR for at least one quarter.
  • All applicants must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA.
    • For undergraduates, exceptions can be made for students who compensate with high public policy/upper division major GPAs and/or whose transcripts do not include any Ds or Fs from the past year.
    • Transcripts from previous institutions are taken into account for undergraduate transfer students.

 Benefits of Being an SPP Dean's Student Ambassador:

  • leadership and management opportunities
  • public speaking development opportunities
  • networking opportunities
  • serving as the student face of the School in marketing materials
  • receiving branded gear exclusive to ambassadors
  • special recognition at commencement
  • potential for letters of recommendation for the most qualified ambassadors


  • All ambassadors serve on an ongoing basis until graduation, depending on continuing satisfactory performance. They are expected to:
    • demonstrate academic excellence and maintain strong quarter and cumulative GPAs; they must sign a release form to allow SPP staff to review GPAs on a quarterly basis
    • maintain the highest ethical standards of academic honesty
    • attend bi-quarterly (2x per quarter) general assembly meetings
    • attend a minimum of 4 events per quarter
    • wear business attire
    • allow use of their images for marketing purposes on the website, in brochures, etc.; by signing a photo/video release form
    • be available to participate in ambassadorial work during each quarter of the academic year of their service (fall, winter, spring)
  • Additionally, undergraduate ambassadors:
    • Must attend all orientation sessions during their spring probationary quarter
    • Must participate in 1 committee (Community Service, Outreach, Peer Mentorship, or Social) for each year of ambassadorial service (and all associated activities)
    • Must attend committee meetings, up to 4 per quarter
    • May provide peer mentorships to the public policy student population via office hours on a voluntary basis per quarter
    • May volunteer for events geared toward undergraduate student recruitment
  • MPP ambassadors:
    • Must attend the first orientation session; they may also attend optional others during their spring probationary quarter
    • Have no committee expectations
    • Must provide peer mentorships to undergraduate ambassadors; no office hours expectations
    • May volunteer for events geared toward MPP recruitment


How to Apply:

  • Once applications open, interviews will be conducted as applications come in.
  • Qualified applicants will undergo a first interview with a search committee comprised of, at a minimum, the Marketing Manager and the Chief Student Ambassador.
  • Finalists will then be invited back for a group interview with the Dean and a group interview with current ambassadors.
  • Notifications will be made at the end of spring quarter. Ambassador service will begin shortly thereafter, with mandatory orientation sessions in the summer.
  • More Information 

    General Campus Information

    University of California, Riverside
    900 University Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92521
    Tel: (951) 827-1012

    Contact Information

    School of Public Policy
    Anil B. Deolalikar
    Founding Dean
    Professor of Economics

    Student Affairs
    Tel: (951) 827-2334

    Dean’s Office
    4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
    Tel: (951) 827-5564

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