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 are available now. 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.

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

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 and search for the appropriate position listing:

  • Orientation Leader, Job #54273
  • Student Program Specialist, Job #54274
  • Welcome Week Student Coordinator, Job #54275

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 through the website. Application materials will be accepted until all positions are full.  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 as soon as all materials have been received. Dress for the interviews is business casual.

A group interview will be held on Wednesday, December 3 or Thursday, December 4. Please hold the dates on your calendar. Invitations to the group interview will be extended beginning Friday, November 21. 


Compensation for each position is $8.50/hour. Number of hours varies by position and time of year. Please see each job listing for more information.

All positions will provide students with an opportunity to develop leadership, time management, public speaking, collaboration, and communication skills.