Student Orientation & Transition Programs Student Staff

We are excited about your interest in helping us welcome new Penn Staters to University Park!

The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs is looking for diverse, dedicated, enthusiastic, resourceful, and motivated undergraduate students to join its student staff. There are currently three positions available: Orientation Leader, Student Program Specialist, and Welcome Week Student Coordinator.

Applications for Orientation Leaders, Student Program Specialists, and the Welcome Week Student Coordinator will be available on Friday, October 24, 2014. More information about each position can be found by clicking on the links to the right.

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.

Interested students should consider attending one of our information sessions:

  • Monday, October 27 at 8:00pm in 124 Findlay Commons
  • Tuesday, October 28 at 11:00am in 325 HUB-Robeson Center
  • Tuesday, November 4 at 8:00pm in 219 Thomas Building
  • Wednesday, November 5 at 3:30pm in 321 HUB-Robeson Center

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 in late-March.

Please direct any questions you may have about our student staff or our application and selection process to orientation@psu.edu.

Position Requirements

All applicants must be a full-time, undergraduate student at Penn State's University Park Campus. Applicants must participate in a Penn State Student Conduct check and a background check.

Students selected to be a part of our team must enroll in a two-credit training course during the Spring 2015 semester that meets on Tuesdays from 6-9pm. Additionally, the class will require attendance at a daylong retreat on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  Questions or concerns about the course requirement should be directed to the position's supervisor.

Application Process

Those interested in applying should visit http://psu.jobs (beginning on Friday, October 24) and search for the appropriate position listing:

  • Orientation Leader
  • Student Program Specialist
  • Welcome Week Student Coordinator

As a part of your application, you will be asked to submit an up-to-date resume that includes your work history, campus involvement, and two professional references. The individuals you list as references should be able to speak to a variety of your skills, and at least one of your references (not both) must be a faculty or staff member from Penn State. Please include an email address and phone number for each reference listed.

Your application must also include a one-page cover letter, which should address the following topics:

  • Your relevant leadership experiences
  • How you can use your personal Penn State story to help others through the transition process
  • How'd you like to grow as a member of our team

For tips on writing a cover letter or creating a resume, you can visit the Penn State Career Services website, or stop by during business hours for a Drop-in counseling session.

All materials must be submitted online by 8:00am on Monday, November 10.  Application materials submitted by any method other than via the PSU Jobs site will not be accepted or reviewed.

Selection Process

Applicants will be contacted for an individual interview beginning on Monday, November 10. Individual interviews will be scheduled between November 11 and November 20 in the Bank of America Career Services Building. Dress is business casual.

A second round group interview will be held on Wednesday, December 3 or Thursday, December 4. Applicants will be invited to participate in the group interview based on their performance in the individual interview. Please hold the dates on your calendar. Invitations to the group interview will be extended beginning Friday, November 21.