Become a New Student Orientation Leader (OL) or International Orientation Ambassador (IOA)
There are two positions available for full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Connecticut at Storrs to apply for during the Orientation recruitment period. The recruitment period occurs during the fall semester of each academic year. This is the only time of the year that we recruit for orientation positions.
These positions are,
- New Student Orientation Leader (Works with freshmen and transfer students from Mid-May through Mid-July, during International Orientation, and during the final Orientation session that occurs the week before classes begin in the fall.)
- International Orientation Ambassador (Works with International students during International Orientation which occurs the week before classes begin in the fall.)
While each position has different responsibilities during their respective Orientation programs the qualifications to apply for either position are the same.
As a voice and role model for the University of Connecticut, New Student Orientation Leaders and International Orientation Ambassadors must take care to represent all aspects of campus life without personal bias, be able to relate to a diversity of students, and function as team players.
Qualifications – Abridged Version
- Full-time undergraduate student enrolled at UConn, Storrs through May 2017;
- Students must be at least 2nd-semester by spring 2017 to apply;
- Good disciplinary and academic standing (2.2 overall GPA minimum);
- Sensitivity to diversity in all of its forms;
- Ability to work under pressure and be flexible;
- Ability to lead new students through their Orientation programs, even those students who do want to be there;
- Leadership development potential;
- Effective communication skills;
- Ability to solve the situations that may come up and be a team player with a positive attitude and work ethic;
- Ability to present all aspects of the University without bias to new students; and
- Ability to enforce University policies (Student Conduct Code) with Orientation attendees.
How can I apply?
Each year in September and October, we conduct Information Sessions, outlining the Orientation programs (freshman, transfer, parent & international), the responsibilities, qualifications, benefits and time commitment of being a New Student Orientation Leader or International Orientation Ambassador. We also describe the application process and compensation. Students interested in either position MUST attend one of these 60 minute information sessions in order to apply to be an Orientation Leader (OL) or International Orientation Ambassador (IOA).
Applications will be distributed after the information session content is covered so be prepared to stay until the end of the session if you want to pick up an application for either position.
Applications WILL NOT be distributed outside of an information session no matter what the circumstance. Students CANNOT pick up an application for a student who did not attend an information session.
**Following each date is the Orientation position the session will be covering. Interested applicants need to attend the session for the position that they are interested in. If you are interested in both positions then you must attend an information session for each. (OL = Orientation Leader & IOA = International Orientation Ambassador )