New Student Orientation

Orientation Leaders

We are looking for Orientation Leaders for the summer of 2014! 


What is an Orientation Leader?

Orientation Leaders are American University students who assist the Coordinator of Orientation, Transition & Retention in the implementation of orientation programs for all new students at American. They serve as leaders for a designated group of new students at each orientation program and during Welcome Week.

How can I apply?

Attend a mandatory info session to learn more and pick up an application. Info sessions are scheduled for the below dates and times:

  • January 21, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 pm in Letts Formal Lounge*
  • January 22, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm in McDowell Formal Lounge*
  • January 23, 2014 from 2:30-3:30 pm in MGC 200
  • January 23, 2014 walk-in hours in Butler 405 from 10:30 am- 2:30 pm
**Added due to weather cancellation**
  • January 24, 2014 Involvement Fair Table, MGC 2-4 from 5:00-7:00pm

If you cannot attend any of these sessions because of class or another commitment, please email

*These sessions are combined with other summer campus job opportunities through the Office of Campus Life.

What you give:

  • Around 40 days out of your summer.
  • Advice on being a student at AU.
  • Serve as a role model to new students.
  • Provide new students with a general introduction to the university and its functions.
  • Facilitate discussions around topics such as diversity, alcohol, and safety.
  • Provide encouragement and support for new students.
  • Encourage group interaction.
  • Ensure student attendance at all orientation events.

What you get:

  • An informative training program that will prepare you for your role as an Orientation Leader.
  • Valuable presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Meals during the orientation programs.
  • Hourly wages – See next page for more information about payment.
  • Free on-campus housing from June 1 through July 9 (may be extended if working transfer orientation session).


  • Demonstrated leadership skills, initiative, accountability, motivation, and professionalism.
  • The ability to work as a team member.
  • The ability to adapt to new situations.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to change with ease and grace.
  • Proven troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing and have a minimum GPA of 2.85.
  • Applicants must be in good judicial standing.
  • Must attend and participate in all training programs.
  • Must be available for all training, Eagle Summits and Welcome Week events.