The Storrs New Student Orientation Team

Staff under Banner - 2019
This is the 2019 New Student Orientation team. They work to help in the transition of incoming freshmen 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, make sure to attend one of our upcoming Orientation Leader Information Sessions. We only offer these sessions on the dates and times listed on this page and only during the fall semester.

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,

  1. New Student Orientation Leader  - Helps to orient freshmen and transfer students during the Mid-May through Mid-July Orientation program.  Also works to orient students during International Orientation that occurs the week before classes begin, and works the final Orientation program that occurs the Friday before classes begin in the fall.  Orientation leaders must work all three programs (May through July, International, and final session) with no exceptions.  If you cannot work all three programs, DO NOT APPLY for this position.
  2. International Orientation Ambassador or IOA - Is a helper to an Orientation Leader during International Orientation that occurs the week before classes begin in August.

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

  • Must be an Undergraduate student enrolled full time at the Storrs campus through May 2020;
  • Must be at least 2nd-semester or above by spring 2020 to apply;  (We need students of all semester standings.)
  • Good disciplinary and academic standing (2.2 is the overall GPA minimum);
  • Sensitivity to diversity in all of its forms;
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible;
  • Ability to work long hours, early mornings and late evenings.
  • Ability to lead new students through their Orientation programs, even those students who do not want to be there;
  • Must have leadership development potential;
  • Must have effective communication skills;
  • Ability to solve the situations that may come up during Orientation;
  • Ability to be a team player with a positive attitude and work ethic;
  • Ability to present all aspects of the University to new students without personal bias;
  • Ability to enforce all University policies and the Code of Conduct with Orientation attendees.
  • Ability to remain calm and in control no matter what the circumstance.

How to Apply

Each year in early fall, 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).

  • Information sessions for the 2020 Orientation Leader positions will be held in late September & early October, 2019.
  • Information sessions for the 2020 International Orientation Ambassador positions will be held in February, 2020.

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.

Information Sessions – New Student Orientation Leader for the 2020 Program

Dates, times and Location for Orientation Leader Information Sessions.  Students who are interested in being an Orientation Leader for freshmen and transfer students must attend a 60 minute Information Session to learn about the job and obtain an application.  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.

Dates Time Location
Monday, September 23, 2019 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 305
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 4:00 - 5:00  p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 108
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:00-8:00 p.m. Austin Building, Room 102
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 8:00-9:00 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 110
Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:00-4:00 p.m.. Student Union, Room 318
Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:30-7:30 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 109
Friday, September 27, 2019 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 106
Monday, September 30, 2019 6:00 -7:00 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 305
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 107
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 8:00 - 9;00p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 201
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 7:00-8:00 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 109
Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:00-5:00 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 201
Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:30-8:30 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 106

2019 International Orientation Ambassadors (IOA’s)

2019 IOAs Standing together for a Staff Photo
IOA's help Orientation leaders with their student groups during the International Orientation Program. International Orientation is a 4-day program that occurs the week before classes begin in August. Every year we select a brand new group of IOA's for International Orientation. If you are interested in learning about the position make sure to attend one of our upcoming IOA Information Sessions that will be offered in February, 2020.

Information Sessions for August, 2020 Positions – International Orientation Ambassador (IOA) – NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AFTER ALL THE INFORMATION SESSIONS HAVE ENDED.

Students who wish to apply for the International Orientation Ambassador position (IOA) must attend a 60 minute Information Session offered in February, 2020.  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.

 

Monday, February, 3, 2020 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 201
Tuesday, February, 4, 2020 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 201
Wednesday, February, 5, 2020 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 201
Thursday, February 6, 2020 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 201
Friday, February 7, 2020 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McHugh Hall, Room 201