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New Student Orientation

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?

We recommend learning more about the position at our information sessions, which will be held in January 2017!

We also encourage you to connect with us at various tabling events that will ocurr at the beginning of next semester! 


If you cannot attend any of these sessions, please feel free to email

In the meantime, please feel free to review the information packet from previous years application processes.


What you give as an Orientation Leader:

  • 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.
  • Room and board during OL training and during each Eagle Summit program. *Note that not all meals are provided.
  • Payment for your work during Orientation and Welcome Week. 
  • Memories to last a lifetime! 


  • 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 2.75.
  • 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.