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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.

  • January 15, 2016: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, MGC 247
  • January 19, 2016: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Battelle Tompkins Atrium
  • January 28, 2016: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, MGC Club Room 5 (across from Einstein's) 

We also encourage you to connect with us at one of the following events: 

  • January 22, 2016: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Involvement Fair Table, MGC 2-4
  • January 11, 15, 20, 22, 25, 27 ,29, 2016: 11:00 am - 2:00, tabling in MGC 
  • January 29, 2016: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, walk-in questions in Butler 405

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

Review the information packet and complete the online application no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Supporting documents can be submitted to Butler Pavilion, Room 405. The application will be available starting at 9:00 am on Monday, January 11.

Application Materials

The following must be completed and submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 3

*These documents can be submitted via email to or in person to Butler Pavilion, Room 405. 

If you chose to submit documents via email, please make sure to stop by Butler Pavilion, Room 405, to sign up for a group interview time. 

What you give:

  • 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.