Orientation Leaders

Being an Orientation Leader is more than just a summer job, it's an experience with a community of lifelong friends

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are an integral part of welcoming, orienting, and educating new students and their guests as part of New Student Orientation (NSO). OLs serve as part of the Orientation Team (OTeam) alongside professional, graduate, and other undergraduate staff.

OLs teach new Hoosiers about the resources, opportunities, and culture of Indiana University during NSO. Over the summer, OLs grow professionally and personally, and work as a team to welcome and educate incoming students and their families. This is a paid summer position that includes summer housing during the NSO program.

OLs gain skills in various areas including leadership, teamwork, public speaking, facilitation, goal setting, and conflict management—all while learning more about IU.

Being a part of the 2019 OTeam as an international student made me feel honored and excited to share the aspects of Hoosier life that I have experienced at IU.

Kindjal Yu, Orientation Leader 2019, Beijing, China

The compensation package for OLs includes hourly pay, summer housing (OLs are required to live on campus), orientation team gear, leadership experience, and possible internship credit—along with the opportunity to build memories and skills that will stay with you forever. OLs will be required to take the U495 course during the second eight weeks of the spring semester. The class will take place on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. and OLs must be available during that time.

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As an out-of-state student, it was difficult not being home over the summer to spend time with my family. But with OTeam, I was able to strengthen my home in Bloomington and build a new family.

Drew Fox, Orientation Leader 2018, Atlanta, Georgia