SOTP Student Staff

The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs is looking for diverse, dedicated, enthusiastic, resourceful, and motivated undergraduate students to serve as Orientation Leaders. Members the OTeam will staff two-day, overnight orientation sessions from May through August. As a representative 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. Those interested in applying should visit the site to submit their materials. (Please search job #59310 if you are not automatically redirected.)

Please direct any questions you may have about the Orientation Leader position or our application and selection process to Jordan Barnett, New Student Orientation Coordinator.

Position Requirements

Interested applicants must be a current full-time Penn State undergraduate student who plans to be enrolled at University Park in Fall 2016, will have obtained at least 24 credits by the end of the Spring 2016 semester, and maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA.

Successful candidates will enroll in a two-credit training course during the Spring 2016 semester, and obtain a B or higher in that course to continue employment. The course meets Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm.  Additionally, the class will require attendance at a daylong retreat on Saturday, January 23, 2016. 

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 from May 9-July 20, 2016. They may enroll in an online summer session course with approval from the New Student Orientation Coordinator. 

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.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • providing general assistance with the college transition by facilitating small group discussion on subjects including: transition issues, involvement on campus, diversity and inclusion, health and safety, personal responsibility, and responsible decision making;
  • presenting information to students on educational planning, including academic requirements, academic goal setting, academic integrity, and exploring academic majors alongside academic advisers;
  • must work cooperatively within a team of fellow student leaders to accomplish tasks, respond to questions from students and families about university life using personal experiences in a professional manner, and encourage students to establish meaningful connections with other first-year students;
  • engage in self-evaluation and reflection throughout the summer to develop a personal growth plan

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.

Application Process

Those interested in applying should visit the site to sumbit materials. 

As a part of your application, you will be asked to submit an up-to-date resume that includes your work history and campus involvement. All applicants must attend a group interview in October. You will be contacted to schedule a group interview after you have submitted your application on the PSU Jobs site.

All materials must be submitted online through the website. Application materials will be accepted until all positions are full, but preference will be given to applicants who have complete materials and are available for an interview prior to October 28, 2015.  Application materials submitted by any method other than the PSU Jobs site will not be accepted or reviewed.

Selection Process

Applicants will be contacted for a group interview on a rolling basis. Group interviews will be scheduled as soon as application materials are complete. Following group interviews, select applicants will be asked to participate in a second round individual interview during November.


Compensation is $8.50/hour. Orientation Leaders will gain improved work ethic, time management, collaboration, leadership, communication, and public speaking skills; have an opportunity to network with university staff; and gain an increased understanding of careers in higher education. New Student Orientation attire and gear are provided.

All materials must be submitted by 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

Please direct any questions to Jordan Barnett, New Student Orientation Coordinator.