Become an Orientation Leader

Picture of Orientation Staff at Fall 2021 Convocation Ceremony
Our Orientation Leaders were invited to be a part of the Fall 2021 New Student Convocation ceremony along side Interim UConn President, Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

Become a New Student Orientation Leader (OL)

FINAL INFORMATION SESSIONS for the 2022 Orientation Leader positions will occur on December 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10, 2021 in McHugh Hall, Room 101.

New Student Orientation Leaders (OLs)  help with the transition of first-year and transfer students during the Mid-May through Mid-July Orientation program.  OLs also help with the transition of international students during International Orientation.  International Orientation occurs the week before classes begin in the fall.  Finally, OLs work the final Orientation session which occurs the Friday before classes begin in the fall.  In order to apply for this position student applicants must be able to work all three programs (May through July, International, and the final session) with no exceptions.  If you cannot work all three programs, please DO NOT APPLY for this position.

  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus through August 2022.  This position is for students who were accepted to the Storrs campus.
  • Fall is the only time of the year that we recruit students for the Orientation Leader positions.

Professional Character of the Orientation Leader position

As a New Student Orientation Leader, you will be working on a team in a peer-counseling situation, where your comments are interpreted as university comments.  Care must be taken to represent all aspects of campus life without personal bias.  Orientation Leaders serve as role models for the University of Connecticut.  They are trained to be para professionals. It is essential to the success of the Orientation program that OLs work as a team at all times.  (Not all individuals have the ability to work on a team.)   As mentioned above, as an Orientation Leader you need to be able to present the university to new students in a non-biased manner no matter how you feel about university departments, staff, faculty, courses, policies, or actions taken by the university.  Not all individuals have the ability to do this so it is extremely important that you know what your capabilities are before you seriously consider this position.

Special Note about the format of Spring/Summer Orientation 2022: We hope to have on-campus Orientation programs for summer 2022, however, if the situation with the Covid-19 variant makes it not safe to have programs on campus then Orientation will go back online.  Students who apply for the Orientation Leader position need to be flexible to facilitate either mode the program takes.

Click Here to Start Your Application for New Student Staff

As a voice and role model for the University of Connecticut, New Student Orientation Leaders 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.

Watch this video to get an idea of what goes on during a two-day First-year Orientation program and the one-day Transfer program looks like.  Some of the video footage is from the 2018 and 2019 Orientation programs:

Qualifications – Abridged Version

    • Be a hard-working, humble, enthusiastic student who takes pride in attending the University of Connecticut and wants to help new students with their transition to UConn.
    • Be available at all times for incoming students if on-campus Orientation occurs OR be available during the Orientation period to contact First-year and Transfer students virtually who will be in their Orientation group;
    • Facilitate discussions with new students whether on-campus or online;
    • Assist in the preparation of Orientation activities and materials if on-campus OR online;
    • Explain academic opportunities, procedures and processes;
    • Acquaint new students with campus services;
    • Assist in the development of fall class schedules for first-year and transfer students if Orientation is on-campus;
    • Explain how to register for classes using the Student Administration System;
    • Work with all types of new student personalities, so their experience at Orientation is positive;
    • Discuss sensitive issues;
    • Discuss, uphold and enforce all aspects of the university conduct code.
    • Need to be willing and enthusiastic about connecting with new students whether in-person or online.

How to Apply: Attend an In-Person Information Session

Application Process After Attending an Information Session

  • The Orientation Leader application needs to be completed to give some basic information about the OL candidate.  In addition, it contains short-answer questions and an essay.  A resume must be uploaded with the completed Orientation Leader application.
  • Applications for this position are available online only.
  • All OL candidates must submit the application and resume by the application deadline of Friday, December 10, 2021. (No Late Applications will be accepted.)


  • All completed applications will be interviewed until all positions are filled.
  • A total of 17 New Student Orientation Leaders will be selected and enrolled in the online Orientation Leader training class, EDLR 3262, for the spring semester.  EDLR 3262 meets in the spring on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • All new Orientation Leaders must enroll in the training class.

Tentative Program Dates

Orientation Program Dates (Tentative Schedule) -  May 18, 2022 through July 18, 2022

Additional Orientation Dates:  International Orientation (August 20 - 25) & Final Orientation Session (August 26, 2022.)

If Orientation is on campus the student staff will move into the Orientation residence hall on Tuesday, May 10th which will begin the final period of training.


  • May 10 to 17, 2022 - Final Period of Training
  • May 18 through July 18, 2022 - Tentative Dates for the Orientation Program
  • August 20 through 25, 2022 - International Orientation
  • August 26, 2022 - Final Orientation Session for the summer.

MUST WORK ALL DATES:  If you cannot work all the Orientation dates listed above you should not apply for this position because the work dates are not negotiable.


  • EDLR 3262-01: The College Freshman, 3 credits – Spring, 2022 (Will be taught in person.)
  • Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Staff are expected to be at all class sessions.  There are no make-up sessions.

    Additional training for EDLR 3262   

    • Saturday, February 26, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – All Orientation Staff Online Retreat
    • Friday/Saturday March 26 & 27, 2022 - Off Campus retreat at Camp Woodstock,  Woodstock, CT
    • Saturday, April 30, 2022 - Vignette Workshop


    Stipend:  $3700 for the 9 week (May 18 - July 18, 2022) program plus room and board in a campus residence hall, seven days a week.  In addition you get Orientation clothing (shirts, hoodie, jacket).

    For International Orientation Program (August 20-25, 2022) and Final Orientation Session (Friday, August 26, 2022) - Orientation staff get paid by hour, plus early move-in and meals.