Join the 2014 OTeam!

We are excited about your interest in becoming a member of Penn State's 2014 Orientation Team (OTeam). The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic, resourceful, motivated students to join its 2014 OTeam. Members of the OTeam will serve as group facilitators, resource persons, role models, and ambassadors for Penn State. For more information about joining the OTeam, check out these sections below:

The OTeam will staff two-day, overnight orientation sessions from May through August. As a represntative of Penn State University, your work will focus on providing a quality transitional experience for all incoming first-year students and their families. Along with your team, you would facilitate this transition into college by providing an introduction to the campus and its resources, leading conversations about the transition from high school to college, and acting as a representative of the Pennsylvania State University. You must be able to be flexible while working in a demanding, fast-paced environment and are expected to actively engage with students and families while providing a welcoming environment to make each New Student Orientation program a success.

There are two orientation team positions available. You may apply to one or both positions, but you will only be selected for one. Please consider both job descriptions before applying for the position(s) that best matches your interests, talents, and availability.

Orientation Associate (OA)

  • Facilitate program check-in for over 200 student participants daily;
  • Handle confidential student records with responsibility and care;
  • Support the Office for Student Orientation & Transition Programs in a variety of capacities, including daily office tasks and responding to phone calls/email inquiries from program participants;
  • Provide support to academic consultants and discuss educational opportunities with NSO participants, handling confidential student records with responsibility; and
  • Have an opportunity to present to NSO participants on transitional topics.

Orientation Leader (OL)

  • Provide general assistance to all first-year Penn State student as they transition to the University;
  • Facilitate small group discussions on subjects including transition issues, diversity and inclusion, health, safety and personal responsibilities, and good decision making;
  • Respond to questions from students and families about university life using personal experiences in a professional manner;
  • Present information to students on educational planning, including academic requirements, academic goal setting, academic integrity, and exploring academic majors alongside academic advisors; and
  • Encourage students to establish meaningful connections with other first-year students and share the importance of these connections during their transition to the University.

In addition, all applicants should demonstrate evidence of:

  • strong leadership skills;
  • active participation in academic and co-curricular activities;
  • the ability to work comfortably with diverse populations;
  • working knowledge of the University's academic structure and various resources;
  • high levels of maturity exhibited through sound judgment, emotional stability, flexibility, and willingness to accept responsibility;
  • a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental attitude; and
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills through proven ability to interact effectively with others one-on-one, in small groups, and in large presentations.

Requirements/Conditions of Positions:
Applicants must:

  • Have obtained at least 24 credits by the end of the 2014 Spring Semester;
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Complete a 2 credit training course offered in the Spring 2014 semester, with a final grade of B or higher;
  • Be available for full-time employment from Monday, May 12 to Friday, July 25, and again from Sunday, August 17 to Sunday, August 24. (Orientation sessions begin on Sunday afternoons. All OTeamers must be available to work on Sundays); and
  • Plan to be enrolled at Penn State University Park for the Fall 2014.

Additionally, all applicants must participate in a Penn State Judicial Record check and a background check. Final selection of the OTeam will be made after enrollment and successful completion of CSA 397B: Leadership Development through Orientation (offered Tuesdays at 6pm) in the spring 2014 semester.

Please note: Orientation Leaders are not permitted to hold another job, nor enroll in any courses from May 12, 2014 to July 25, 2014. Orientation Associates may hold another job and enroll in courses with the prior permission of the Associate Director of New Student Orientation.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Individuals will be paid $8.50/hour, number of hours per week varies upon position (OA vs OL)
  • NSO Swag
  • Opportunities to network with University staff & faculty
  • Improve leadership experience, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Increased understanding of careers in higher education

Application & Interview Process:

Those interested in applying should follow these steps:


  • Complete the 2014 Orientation Team Application
  • Prepare a one page cover letter that addresses the following topics:
    • your relevant leadership experiences
    • how you can use your personal Penn State story to help others through the transition process
    • how you'd like to grow as an member of the 2014 Orientation Team
  • Submit a resume that includes your work history and campus involvement

When completing your application, please be prepared to provide the names and email addresses of two (2) individuals who will serve as a professional reference for you on your application. Both individuals should be able to speak to a variety of skills including your leadership and communication skills. One (1) of your references must be from Penn State University.

All materials must be submitted by 11:59pm on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Interview Process

Individual Interviews

Applicants will be contacted for an individual interview beginning on Sunday, November 10. Individual interviews will be held between November 11 and November 22. Dress is business casual. All interviews will be conducted in the Bank of America Career Services Building.

Group Interviews

A second round group interview will be held on Saturday, December 7. Individuals will be invited to participate in the group interview based on their performance in the individual interview. Please hold the date on your calendar. Invitations will be extended beginning Monday, December 2.

Please direct any questions to Katie Motycki, Associate Director of New Student Orientation.