Join the Orientation Leader Team!

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Student Leaders Wanted for Orientation!

We are looking for Spartans who are team players and are eager to be visible campus leaders. Benefits include leadership training and opportunities to make connections with faculty and staff; three units of academic credit for completing a leadership training course in the spring semester; and the ability to impact the lives of over 10,000 new students and their parents and family members.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Orientation Leaders (OLs) cannot serve as Resident Advisors (RAs) due to overlapping time commitments. Orientation Leaders (OLs) must be available beginning in the Spring through the end of the Summer.

Attend an Information Session: Learn More About the Position and the Selection Process!

Information sessions are offered in the Fall semester to give applicants unfamiliar with the orientation program a chance to learn more about the Orientation Leader position and prepare for the Video Biography Assignment. At this time, applicants can interact with professional and student staff from the orientation program to get questions answered and learn about the many enticing benefits that come with being an Orientation Leader.

Application Process

All new applicants are required to complete the online application and have two professional references submit a reference form. Selected applicants based on the online applications will be invited to attend a large group interview in which applicants will be evaluated on a series of skills we look for in an Orientation Leader. Selected applicants from the workshop will be invited to individual interviews.

Orientation Leader applications for Summer 2023 will be made available in early Fall 2022!

Orientation Leader Commitments

One of the highest-rated components of our Orientation program is the interaction new students have with their Orientation Leaders. Our leaders go through an extensive, yet rewarding training process that helps prepare them for interactions with new students and their parents and family members. In addition to planning and facilitating orientation sessions, applicants should be prepared for the following major commitments:

UNVS 199 Class: Orientation Leadership Studies

In the Spring semester, all new Orientation Leaders are required to enroll in this 3-unit, academic course. This class is designed to prepare undergraduate students who have been selected to serve as Orientation Leaders to be effective ambassadors and peer leaders at San José State University. Through lectures, videos, readings, papers, discussions, group projects, and participation in various university programs and events, students will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of student leadership. Students will also be provided training opportunities in university policies and procedures and other skill building areas pertinent to their role as Orientation Leaders. Developing a thorough working knowledge of the resources and services available to new students and their families will prepare students in the course to not only successfully orient and transition incoming students and their families, but also familiarize themselves with these same resources and services available to them as current students on campus.

Orientation Leader Staff Retreat

Our 3 day, 2 overnight staff retreat is typically held the first weekend of February and provides the first opportunity for all Orientation staff to come together and get to know one another, set expectations for their experience, and build a foundation for being a team for the following nine months and beyond.

Orientation Leader Final Training

Final Training is one week and will take place sometime in June, before the first Orientation session. Attending and being present at all components of Final Training is mandatory.

Summer Orientation Programs

All orientation staff must be available for all orientation sessions during the summer. This includes living in on-campus housing and being available from 8:00 PM the evening before each session through 8:00 PM on the day of each session.