SOTP Student Staff

The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs is looking for diverse, dedicated, enthusiastic, resourceful, and motivated undergraduate students to serve on our Orientation Team. There are currently two positions available:

  1. Orientation Leader
  2. Student Program Specialist

Additionally, we will hire 10 students to work part-time throughout the summer on our Check-In Crew. Applications for the Check-In Crew will be available Spring 2016.

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 see below for more information.)

Please direct any questions you may have about the Orientation Leader or Student Program Specialist positions 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 2016 semester.

Please note: Orientation Leaders and Student Program Specialists 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.

Application Process

Those interested in applying should visit the site to submit 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 interest session in October. You will be contacted to schedule a group interview after you have submitted your application on the PSU Jobs site. They are interactive and you'll get to know other students who are interested in joining the OTeam while there:

Monday October 5th
10:00am - 11:15am HUB 129 A
Tuesday October  6th  8:30am - 9:45am HUB 131 10:00am - 11:15am HUB 131
2:30pm-3:45pm HUB 131
Wednesday October 7th
8:30am-9:45am HUB 233 A
10:00am -11:15am HUB 233 A  
Thursday October 8th  8:30am- 9:45am HUB 129 A
10:00am-11:15am HUB 129 A
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.

You may apply for as many positions as you would like, but you will only be selected for one position within the office. Please consider all job descriptions before applying for the position[s] that best matches your interest and talents.

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. OTeamers 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.

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