Become an Orientation Leader

Application is Closed!

Why be an OL?
Who should be an OL?
Job Description
How Do I Apply?
Hiring Timeline and Process

Why be an OL?
The Orientation Leader (OL) position exists within New Student Programs to welcome and acclimate new students to the campus during New Student Orientations, Transfer & Adult Student Orientations, Panther Academic Welcome, and other programs. OLs will play a vital role in helping facilitate the transition of new students by providing students and their families information about University programs and services. Through a variety of experiences and opportunities, OLs have the power to make a positive and lasting difference in the UWM community and develop great leadership and résumé-building skills in the process. Please review the Orientation Leader Position Description

Note:New Student Programs is committed to safely and effectively meeting the public health challenge presented by COVID19. We will continue to create dynamic, engaging, and virtual experiences for our incoming students and student leaders until fall 2021.  

Skills Gained from the Orientation Leader Experience

  • Knowledge of campus and commitment to the goals of Orientation 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Teamwork and leadership skills  
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups of people  
  • Public speaking, 1:1 and group facilitation  
  • Flexibility and adaptability  
  • Problem solving and critical thinking; keeping composure in fast-paced, challenging situations  
  • Positive customer service and willingness to assist others  
  • Competency in technology and video conference platforms

Who should be an OL?

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Orientation Leaders are a prestigious group of student employees who make significant contributions to student life and culture at UWM. They represent UWM at all Orientation programs which are designed to enhance the experience of all incoming students. They help achieve UWM’s goals, further promote academic success, and embody Panther Pride. 

You should apply if:

  • You want to gain or strengthen your leadership skills and abilities
  • You are an enthusiastic, school spirited and motivated student individual
  • You want to be a part of a positive community here at UWM

We want a diverse staff that represent the UW-Milwaukee student body. We welcome all students from all majors, backgrounds, and experiences.

Job Description

  • Welcome and acclimate new students and their families during Orientation programs 
  • Lead ‘Panther Virtual Hangouts’ sharing personal stories and promote interaction among groups of new students by facilitating icebreakers and small group discussions on college transition-related concerns and opportunities 
  • Support Academic Advising staff through School/College virtual meetings and ‘Orientation Leader Office Hours’ to support students through the course enrollment process, utilizing the PAWS registration system 
  • Facilitate and conduct student programming activities to help students develop social connections, including live virtual Affinity Spaces and Campus Meet & Greet sessions  
  • Attend or present on live virtual Orientation program sessions including Healthy & Successful U, Housing, Commuter Success, and Family sessions 
  • Communicate with students prior to and after programs utilizing social media, calling, texting, and emailing campaigns; follow up with students to complete required Orientation items 
  • Assist in the preparation of Orientation activities and materials 
  • Participate in 1:1 meetings with Student Coordinator supervisor, bi-weekly team meetings, and weekly staff meetings during Summer months 
  • Participate in training activities including Educational Psychology 279 (Leadership Course) spring semestertwo-week summer training, mid-summer training, and PAW bootcamp 
  • Address inappropriate behavior among students and/or guests in virtual attendance at programs 
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Be enrolled in Educational Psychology 279 (Leadership Course) spring semester and be available for all scheduled trainings and program dates *Dates are subject to change and date conflicts must be addressed before employment 
  • Highly motivated to work independently and be willing to work varied hours during summer programs 
  • Have access to internet, laptop/computer and webcam (not provided by New Student Programs)  
  • Must have a minimum cumulative and semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 at time of application and maintain it throughout the entire term of employment 
  • Enrolled as a full-time student for the next fall term before the start of the summer 
  • Behavior/Conduct records in University Housing and the Dean of Students Office will be checked when making hiring decisions. Must be free of any conduct violations at time of appointment and remain free while employed.  

Important and Mandatory Dates:

Should you have any questions about these dates or if you know you have conflicts, please contact Natalie Vang at Few exceptions will be made for absences given the importance of this role to the Panther community. 

First Orientation Leader Meeting:
December 14: Orientation Student Staff Contract Signing (Time TBD)  

Leadership Course (Spring Semester):
New OLs participate in a mandatory semester-long training course discussing various leadership topics including communication skills, group facilitation skills, team building, conflict management and resolution, critical thinking, social justice, and campus knowledge. Course meetings are held every Wednesday, 3:00-4:40pm of Spring semestertentatively in virtual synchronous format. OLs will register for the 2-credit (elective) Educational Psychology class through PAWS by December 18, 2021.   

Summer Dates:

  • May 24-June 4: Summer Training (9:00am-5:00pm) 
  • Full month of June and July, and select dates in August; September 1 

*Dates subject to change. Actual program dates will be provided upon hire. 


  • $11.00 per hour25 hours a week (hours vary) starting the week of May 24, 2021 to September 1, 2021 (includes trainings and programs)  
  • Uniforms provided 

How Do I Apply?:

  • Fill out and submit the application (Application is now closed)
  • Check your email regularly for updates

Tips to help you succeed during the process:

  • Connect with the Career Planning & Resource Center’s (CPaRC): They provide resources and services including, resume review and mock interviews.
  • Get involved on campus: Involvement will help you understand the resources available for students, which is asked in the interview
  • Talk to your UWM OL about their experience: They can tell you what they did to be successful in the position
  • Have a positive attitude: Talk about why you want to help others and why you love UWM – you’ll be great!
  • Be yourself: We love all personalities and experiences, so let us see who you are. That will help us determine the best fit for our team!

Hiring Timeline and Process:

Applications Open: Monday, September 21
Applications Due: Monday, November 2
Orientation Leader Interviews: Week of November 9 and November 17
Final Decisions (sent via email): Week of November 17
Orientation Leader Accept Deadline: Week of November 23
Orientation Leader Start Day: Monday, December 14—First OL Meeting (Required)  
*Dates subject to change 

Please contact New Student Programs ( with any questions regarding the Orientation Leader position.