Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders make a mark on IU and help incoming Hoosiers find their path

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are an integral part of welcoming, orienting, and educating new students and their families 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. This is a paid summer position during which OLs grow professionally and personally, and work as a team to mentor and support incoming students.

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

Due to the impact of COVID-19, NSO 2021 is currently planned to be a virtual experience, although supplemental in-person NSO events may be added if deemed safe and appropriate as the summer approaches.

Applications are now open and due by noon on February 15.

Apply now

Even though NSO was completely virtual, the friends I made on the staff and the connections I made with incoming students still provided the experience I was hoping to get out of an in-person program.

Lane Shamp, Orientation Leader 2020, West Lafayette, Indiana

OL position description

The compensation package for OLs includes hourly pay, a campus lodging option during in-person NSO experiences, OTeam 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 be hybrid instruction and take place on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. OLs must be available during that time.

Review the OL position description for a full list of requirements and expectations.

See the OL position description

Connect with OTeam

Connect with OTeam staff to hear and learn more about the OL position at upcoming events and office hours. These are optional events—attendance is not required in order to apply. Email any questions to orient@indiana.edu.

Join an optional informational meeting to learn more about the Orientation Leader position. Hear from current student staff about their own experiences and how you can make your mark on IU.

January 14, 2:30 p.m. ET

Register for January 14

January 28, 11 a.m. ET

Register for January 28

February 11, 6 p.m. ET

Register for February 11

Meet one-on-one with a current student staff member. No appointment required—just drop in to our Zoom link during the following times:

  • Mondays 2–4 p.m. ET (January 25, February 1, February 8)
  • Wednesdays 9–11 a.m. ET (January 20, January 27, February 3, February 10)

Hang out with OTeam members at any of our social events:

  • Movie Night: January 16 | 7 p.m. ET | Virtual
  • Among Us: January 23 | 7 p.m. ET |Virtual
  • Online Pictionary: February 6 | 7 p.m. ET |Virtual
  • Crafternoon & Hot Cocoa: February 12 | 12 noon ET | Read Hoosier Den

Nominate a student

Do you know someone who would make an excellent OL? Nominate them here and we’ll send them an email encouraging them to apply.

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