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Orientation Leader

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Summer 2021 Orientation Leader! Being an Orientation Leader is a tremendous opportunity for smart, hard-working, positive students who wish to share their Rutgers pride with our incoming students and their families.  Check out the information below and sign up to attend an information session! You will only be able to apply to be an orientation leader if you attend an information session.

Hear From Past OLs

Wonder what the Orientation Leader experience is like? View the videos below to hear from past Orientation staff!

Hiring Timeline

  • NEW Added Info Sessions: Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • Application Opens:  Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • Applications due: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:59pm
  • Group Interviews: Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Sunday, March 7, 2021
  • Individual Interviews: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – Monday, March 29, 2021
  • New Hire Orientation: Saturday, April 24

Information Sessions

Attendance at an Information Session is mandatory to receive a link to the application to apply. Information Sessions will be hosted virtually on Zoom. Sessions are one hour in length and you must attend the entire duration of the Session. Use the link below to pre-register for the date you wish to attend; you will be emailed a link that is unique to only you.

NEW Info Sessions:
Thursday, February 18, 2021 4pm EST
Thursday, February 18, 2021 5pm EST

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

To apply for the orientation leader position you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a currently enrolled Rutgers undergraduate student with at least one completed semester by January 2021
  • Must be a matriculating undergraduate student for the fall semester of 2021
  • Attend one mandatory information sessions.(held January 26-30, 2021)
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • Be in good academic and conduct standing
  • Cannot take summer courses or hold other jobs during summer orientation leader employment
What types of characteristics or abilities are you looking for in the Orientation Leader candidates?

Many people tend to assume that OLs need to be outgoing, high energy and extroverted. However, that is not true. There is no set list of characteristics we look for in an Orientation Leader. Each year we hire a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds who have different personalities, strengths leadership and work experiences. Each individual’s uniqueness is what makes our program so special. However, some of the qualities we look for in our leaders include school spirit, cooperation, management skills, adaptability to change, and work ethic.

Do I have to be involved on campus in order to become an OL?

Being involved on campus is a great benefit to the applicant but not a requirement. In fact, many previous orientation leaders were never formally involved on campus before being hired to be an orientation leader.

What are information sessions (info sessions)?

Each info session is typically an hour and will be hosted virtually on Zoom. Orientation staff will walk you through all the important information you should know before applying, such as GPA requirements, what we are looking for in our OLs, summer availability and other important dates, and benefits of being an Orientation Leader. There is certain information many applicants look past, and we want to make sure each applicant is as well-informed as possible on what this job entails.

Can I take summer classes or have a summer job/internship? What about vacations and time off?

We do not allow orientation staff to take classes of any type during the summer. The time demands of this position are great (and Zoom fatigue is real). From mid-June to mid-August, our orientation staff spends the overwhelming majority of their time working to serve our incoming students and their families. Sessions are hosted Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

Vacations, while not impossible to take, are dictated by the orientation summer schedule. Each year staff receives time off in the month of July as “vacation”. Aside from those set days, staff will not be excused from work for any reasons other than illness.

During the summer, what's a typical work week like for Orientation Leaders?

Most work weeks will include working Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday. Certain weeks may include Transfer Sessions, which typically are held on Wednesdays. Work weeks can sometimes be in excess of 40 hours. Because of the rigorous schedule, we encourage each staff member to constantly take care of their health and body.

Can I live off-campus during the summer?

Sessions will be hosted virtually for Summer 2021, OLs will not be required to live on-campus and housing will not be provided.

I haven't gotten an email yet with a link to the application.

Please make sure you are checking the Scarletmail account you provided at the information session. In addition make sure to add to your contacts. Please also check your spam/junk folder to ensure the email with application link was not sent there. If there is still an issue, please email

What is the timeline/work dates?
  • OLs who are hired will need to attend New Hire Orientation in April 2021
  • Training and Orientation Sessions will take place June – August 2021
What is the application process like?
  • Candidates must attend an Info Session to receive a link to the application
  • After application review, select candidates are invited to participate in Group Interviews
  • The third and final step for candidates who move past Group Interviews are Individual Interviews