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New Student Orientation

What is an Orientation Leader? 

Orientation Leaders are American University students who assist the Coordinator and Director's of Orientation, Transition & Retention in the implementation of orientation programs for all new students at American. They serve as leaders for a designated group of new students at each orientation program and during Welcome Week.

How can I apply?

The first step is attendign one of our information sessions, which will be held on January 23, 26, 31, and February 3 from 5:30-6:30pm in MGC 247! This is an important time to ask questions and learn necessary information about the job and application process. These sessions will begin promptly, so make sure you are there early. An Orientation Leader is never late!

We also encourage you to connect with us at various tabling events that will occur at the beginning of next semester, in January and February! 

Please review the information packet to learn more information about the application process. 

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 9. By that time you must have submitted your online application, and turned in your resume and two reference forms in person to the Orientation, Transition, & Retention Office, located in Anderson Hall, Rm. 135. It is important to turn in your reference forms and resume in person because you will sign up for a group interview at that time. 

Application Materials: 

 Online Application

Student Leader and Faculty/Staff Reference Sheet

What you give as an Orientation Leader:

  • Around 40 days out of your summer.
  • Advice on being a student at AU.
  • Serve as a role model to new students.
  • Provide new students with a general introduction to the university and its functions.
  • Facilitate discussions around topics such as diversity and Consent.
  • Provide encouragement and support for new students.
  • Encourage group interaction.
  • Ensure student attendance at all orientation events.

What you get:

  • An informative training program that will prepare you for your role as an Orientation Leader.
  • Valuable presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Free room during training and for the duration of Eagle Summit, as well as meals during OL training and the Eagle Summit Sessions.
  • Payment for your work during Orientation and Welcome Week. 
  • Memories to last a lifetime! 


  • Demonstrated leadership skills, initiative, accountability, motivation, and professionalism.
  • The ability to work as a team member.
  • The ability to adapt to new situations.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to change with ease and grace.
  • Proven troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Applicants must be in good judicial standing.
  • Must attend and participate in all training programs.
  • Must be available for all training, Eagle Summits and Welcome Week events.