Become an Orientation Leader

Staff At Diversity Workshop 2020
This is most of the 2020 New Student Orientation team. They worked online during summer 2020 and helped with the transition of incoming first-year and transfer students to the university. Every year we select a brand new team of Orientation Leaders. If you are interested in learning what they do and how they are trained check out the information and links that are on this webpage. The application period for the Orientation Leader position is from October 26 to November 8. All applications must be filed online.

Become a New Student Orientation Leader (OL)

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.  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 2021 to apply to be an Orientation Leader.  This position is for Storrs who were accepted to the Storrs campus only.
  • The fall is the only time of the year that we recruit students for the Orientation Leader positions.


Special Note about the format of Spring/Summer Orientation 2021:  There will be no overnight Orientation programs for First-year students during summer 2021 due to Covid-19 and restrictions that may still be in place at that time.  The 2021 summer Orientation program for First-year and Transfer students can take one of two forms.  1) If the corona virus is under control by May 18, 2021, and the governor of the State of Connecticut and the University President gives the Storrs campus approval to have groups back on campus, the Orientation program will take the form of one-day sessions for new students.  There would be 38 consecutive one-day sessions.  2) If on-campus Orientation cannot occur because of Covid-19 the Orientation program will be conducted totally online, and OLs will connect with students virtually through Zoom or WebEx meetings throughout the Orientation program dates.


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.

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

Online Application Process

  1. Applications will be available through the Orientation portal at between October 26 through November 8th, 2020 only.
  2. The Orientation Leader application needs to be completed to give some basic information about the OL candidate.  In addition, it contains 5 short-answer questions and an essay.  A short resume must be uploaded with the completed Orientation Leader application.
  3. All OL candidates must submit the application and resume by the application deadline which has been extended to 11:59pm on Sunday November 8, 2020. (No Late Applications will be accepted.)
  4. Applications are completed online only.
  5. All applications will be initially screened for students who will get a group interview for the position.  Candidates will be notified by Tuesday, November 10 whether or not they have been selected for a 90-minute group interview.  This notification will be sent by email.


    • Online Group Interviews:  Online Group Interviews will be held on Saturday, November 14th & Sunday, November 15h, 2020.  Group interviews take 90 minutes and are scheduled at various times on these dates.  Students will be able to select their interview time.
    • After the online group interviews conclude on Sunday, November 15th approximately 20-25 applicants will be asked back for an individual interview with the program director.  Students asked back for an individual interview will need to provide a letter of recommendation from a UConn faculty or staff member.
    • A total of 17 New Student Orientation Leaders will be selected by late-December so they can be enrolled in the online Orientation Leader training class, EDLR 3262,for the spring semester.

    About the Orientation Leader Position and Tentative Dates

    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.

    Orientation Dates (Tentative Schedule) - There are additional dates required for training: Spring/Summer Orientation Program Dates (On-Campus or Online):   May 19, 2021 through July 20, 2021

    **NOTE:  There will be no Orientation sessions on May 31 (Memorial Day) and July 5th (July 4th holiday observed)

    The 2021 spring/summer Orientation schedule is a Monday through Friday schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with 38 One-day Orientation programs for First Year and Transfer Students if it occurs on-campus.  If the program occurs online the OLs are expected to work 12 hours a week during the program dates.

    Additional Obligation:  International Orientation & Final Orientation Session

    • International Orientation if program is on-campus: Saturday, August 21 through Thursday, August 26, 2021
    • Final Orientation Session if program is on-campus: Friday, August 27, 2021

    NOTE:  If you cannot work all the Orientation dates mentioned you should not apply for this position.  The working dates are not negotiable.


    • EDLR 3262-01: The College Freshman, 3 credits – Spring, 2021 (Will be taught online.)
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Staff are expected to be at all class sessions.  There are no make-up sessions.
    • Final Period of Training: May 11 through May 18 either online or on-campus (If on-campus May 15 & 16 is a working weekend because it is immediately prior to the start of Orientation which is on Wednesday, May 19.)

    NOTE:  If we have the Orientation program on-campus all staff will move into the summer sessions residence hall on Tuesday May 11, 2021 starting at 5:00 p.m.  Final training sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12. and continue through May 18.  If we do not have the Orientation program on-campus Orientation Leaders will be located at their home residences with final training beginning online on Tuesday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m. through Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

    Additional training:   Saturday, March, 20, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – All Orientation Staff Online Retreat


    There are many benefits for students who pursue the Orientation position.  First and foremost, Orientation Leaders will be helping new students in their transition to the university.  In addition, Orientation Leaders will gain significant leadership experience; develop professional relationships with faculty, staff, and students; and strengthen their communication skills. There is no other leadership opportunity like this one on campus.

    IF PROGRAM IS ON-CAMPUS:  New Student Orientation Leaders are will be paid $12.15 per hour when working the nine-week program. Students are not paid for training or any training meetings during Training Week (May 11 – 17).   If the Orientation program is on-campus OLs will be provided with campus housing and a meal plan.  There will be no meals on May 31 (Memorial Day) and July 4th because the dining halls are closed. OLs are also provided with Orientation clothing (shirts, hoodie, etc.)

     IF PROGRAM IS ONLINE:  New Student Orientation Leaders are will be paid $12.15 per hour when working the nine-week program at 12 hours per week. Students are not paid for training or any training meetings during Training Week (May 11 – 17).   OLs also provided with Orientation clothing (shirts, hoodie, etc.)