Become an Orientation Leader

Applications are now closed for Summer 2020.

Why be an OL?
Who should be an OL?
Job Description
Benefits and Compensation
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 full Orientation Leader Position Description here! 

Who should be an OL?

Especially positive, enthusiastic, school spirited and motivated students are encouraged to apply.

We want a diverse staff so all students from all majors will be given consideration.

Job Description

  • Welcome and acclimate new students and their families to the campus during Orientation programs
  • Promote interaction among groups of new students by facilitating icebreakers and small group discussions on college transition-related concerns and opportunities
  • Lead campus tours, sharing personal stories and identifying important campus locations for students and families
  • Work alongside Academic Advising staff to support students through the course enrollment process, utilizing the PAWS registration system
  • Create and perform in Traditions & Revue, a fun and educational multi-media performance hosted at the conclusion of the first day of each overnight NSO
  • Engage with a diverse and energetic team of student leaders
  • Use problem solving skills in a fast paced and exciting environment
  • Facilitate evening activities to help students develop social connections
  • Communicate with students prior to and after programs with social media and mailing campaigns
  • Perform assigned logistical tasks related to orientation activities including check-in, check-out, placement of signage, stuffing student folders, managing student luggage, etc.
  • Assist in the preparation of Orientation activities and materials
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and occasional 1-1 meetings with Student Coordinator team during Summer programming
  • Uphold and enforce all aspects of the University conduct code and address inappropriate behavior among students and/or guests in attendance at programs
  • Participate in training activities including Spring Semester course, two-week summer training, mid-summer training, and PAW bootcamp
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Be enrolled in Orientation Leader Leadership Course spring semester and be available for all program dates (date conflicts must be addressed before employment)
  • Be an especially positive, enthusiastic, school spirited and motivated student
  • Earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in each semester prior to the summer
  • 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. These records may or may not affect the final hiring decision.
  • Live in RiverView Residence Hall throughout the summer (negotiable for Veterans or student parents). OLs are expected to stay in RiverView from May-August (dates listed below)

Required Dates:

First Orientation Leader Meeting:

December 11: Orientation Student Staff Contract Signing (5:00-7:00pm)

Spring Class:

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 Tuesday, 4:00-6:00pm of Spring semester. OLs will register for the 2-credit (elective) Educational Psychology class through PAWS by December 20, 2019.

Summer Dates:

  • May 26: RiverView Residence Hall Move-In
  • May 27-June 5: Summer Training (9:00am-9:00pm)
  • Full month of June, July 19-August 7 (August 7: RiverView Move-Out), August 17-September 1

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

Benefits and Compensation

  • Stipend of $3,000 disbursed via three payments of $1000 on July, August, and September. Those hired on as a Resident Assistant or another on-campus job in August will receive an adjusted stipend due to ending OL contract early.
  • Individual room (shared suite) in a university housing hall for the summer
  • $180 meal plan for the summer & select meals provided during programs
  • Uniforms (staff polos, t-shirt, jacket, backpack, nametags)
  • Winter hours available: Hourly pay of $9.00/hour for Spring Orientation programs in January

How Do I Apply?:

  • Fill out and submit the application
  • Check your email regularly for updates

Tips to help you succeed during the process:

  • Get involved on campus
    • Involvement will help you understand the resources available for students, which is asked in the interview
  • Look the part
    • You are expected to dress up for your interview (business casual)
    • Check out Career Planning & Resource Center’s (CPaRC) Career Closet in Mellencamp 128 to pick up some FREE professional clothing for your interview! They also provide other services including, resume review and mock interviews.
  • Talk to your UWM OL about their experiences
    • 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 9 

Applications Due: Sunday, October 20

Round 1: Orientation Leader Group Interviews (via email): October 25-October 31

Round 2: Orientation Leader Individual Interviews (20 minutes): November 7- November 14

Final Decisions (sent via email): Week of November 18

Orientation Leader Accept Deadline: December 2

Orientation Leader Start Day: Wednesday, December 11 (First OL Meeting, 5:00-7:00pm) *Required  


Please contact New Student Programs (, 414-229-5842) with any questions regarding the Orientation Leader position.