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Thank you for your interest in becoming a 2020 Orientation Staff Member. Below you will find more information on our positions, important dates, information on the hiring process, and the application. Thanks again for your interest and good luck in the process!

Information Sessions for Summer 2020 positions

For more information on becoming a Summer 2020 Orientation Leader, please attend a information session.  These sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • January 13, 3:00pm
  • January 23, 4:00pm
  • January 27, 3:00pm

All meetings will be held in the Maize and Blue Room in the Student Activities Building. 

If you are unable to attend one of these meetings and have questions regarding the position, please contact us at or 734-764-6413.  

Summer Orientation Leader Applicant Information

The 2020 Summer Orientation Leader Position

The Office of New Student Programs employs enthusiastic and resourceful students, representative of our diverse undergraduate population, as orientation leaders to assist with summer new student and parent orientation. For duties, expectations, and employment conditions of parent and student leaders, please see the attached position descriptions and general information below.


Parent Leader Duties

Each leader will be assigned to 16 or 17 parent sessions during the summer program. The average group consists of approximately 100-200 parents for whom the leader is responsible in cooperation with 2 co-leaders.

Advance preparation for each group includes team planning, assembling informational materials, establishing meeting agendas, checking room set up, performing assigned office work, etc.

Major job responsibilities include facilitating program check-in, a walking tour, informational meetings, escorting parents to and leading discussions of University offices/services, etc. Leaders are expected to actively engage with parents and provide overall support to make each program a success in accordance with the ONSP goals and mission.


Student Leader Duties

Each leader will be assigned to 16 or 17 freshman sessions during the summer program. Each leader will work with as a team of 10 leaders and will be responsible for approximately 175-200 students per session.

Advance preparation for each group includes team planning meetings, preparing program materials, assembling registration materials, setting up meeting rooms, etc.

Major job responsibilities include program check-in, informational meetings, a walking tour, planned social activities, evening supervision, registration, etc. Leaders are expected to actively engage with students and provide overall support to make each program a success in accordance with the ONSP goals and mission.

Orientation Leaders also facilitate a small group discussion focused on living and learning at U-M, academic and involvement questions and concerns, student health and safety, academic resources, decision-making strategies, and transitioning to U-M.


Conditions of Employment

QualificationsLeaders must be undergraduate students at the University of Michigan and are required to have been enrolled during the fall and winter terms prior to their employment, having been in good academic and judicial standing for both terms. OLs should be able to assume leadership roles and complete all assigned tasks. Positive representation of the University of Michigan is required. Commitment to serving students, parents, and University staff, including diverse populations, and a customer service philosophy are necessary. Previous experience in a team  environment is helpful, but not required.

Time commitment: Orientation Leaders are required to attend all training sessions and staff meetings.

Orientation Leaders participate in training on issues such as public speaking, group facilitation, social justice and bystander intervention, conflict management, teamwork development, communication skills, U-M resources, academic unit training, and a variety of other leadership topics. 

Orientation Leaders may not have other time commitments during assigned summer orientation program sessions (4 days/week); however, many leaders have outside employment or engage in independent research on their days off, with your orientation schedule taking precedence over outside employment. It is not possible for orientation leaders to be enrolled in spring or summer term classes at the University of Michigan.  All selected leaders will be given a schedule of expected coverage in advance so that you may plan personal time accordingly. Training begins during the Winter 2020 semester.  Please see the list of important dates to ensure your eligibility for the position.   

Contract: Each Orientation Leader will be required to sign a contract and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Must attend all Winter Training sessions and all of May training
  • Must be available for the entirety of the Orientation season (mid May - early August)
  • Be punctual, reliable, and conscientious in the performance of all responsibilities.
  • Submit an end-of-summer evaluative report.
  • May not be enrolled in any spring or summer session courses. Independent study/research projects may be permitted with supervisor permission.
  • May not have an outside job during the summer or pre-conference training. Employment on days off during summer program is permitted with supervisor permission.
  • Must follow all state/local laws and University policies regarding alcohol and other drug use. Must not consume alcohol when on-duty. Off-duty leaders may not use, or be under the influence of, these substances in the presence of any orientation participants.
  • Must adhere to and enforce the University's rules and regulations.


  • Orientation Leaders will be paid $12.50 per hour.
  • Meals will be provided during the Orientation program.
  • Orientation Leaders will receive staff apparel.
Application Process

The application for 2020 Orientation Leader positions is now open!  

Applicants must complete an online application by January 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  All applicants will be required to provide the names of two references as part of this application.

Applicants must sign up for and attend a group interview session.  There will be three sessions to choose from:

  • February 1, 2020 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
  • February 1, 2020 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
  • February 3, 2020 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Applicants will be notified if they have moved on to the individual interview round on February 4, 2020. 

At the conclusion of the individual interview round, candidates will be notified of their status by February 24, 2020.   

Important Dates

Info Sessions

  • January 13, 3:00pm (Student Activities Building, Maize and Blue Room)
  • January 23, 4:00pm (Student Activities Building, Maize and Blue Room)
  • January 27, 3:00pm (Student Activities Building, Maize and Blue Room)

Application Deadline

  • January 29 at 5:00pm

Group Interview Dates

  • February 1, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • February 1, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • February 3, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Individual Interviews

  • Following the group interview, candidates will be notified on February 4 if they have been invited to the individual interview round.  
  • Individual interviews will take place by invitation only from February 6 - February 20.

Decision Notifications

  • Position offers and status updates will be sent to candidates on February 24.

Winter Training

All candidates must be available for a mandatory training session on the following date during the Winter 2020 semester:

  • Saturday, March 21, 9:00am - 5:00pm 
  • Saturday, April 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm

May Training

  • All staff must attend an overnight staff retreat on May 12-13, 2020.
  • All staff must attend mandatory training prior to the start of the Orientation program. This training will be held on May 14 - 15, May 28-30 and June 1-5.
  • All staff must attend a Transfer Orientation training on May 18 and assist in staffing Transfer Orientation sessions  May 19-22 and May 26 - 27.

Summer Employment Dates

  • Staff must be available to work for the duration of the Summer Orientation program.  Orientation sessions will occur the first week of June through the first week of August.  Staff will be assigned their assigned session dates in late April.  
Apply to be an Orientation Leader!

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Summer Orientation Leader position.

The application for the Orientation leader role can be found here:  2020 Orientation Leader Application 


2020 Orientation Residential Staff

Thank you for your interest in serving as an Orientation Residential Staff member.  This live-in position is an integral member of the ONSP team and has primary responsibilities for the evening and overnight operations of the Orientation program.  

The application for this role will open on January 31, 2020.  

Please check back in the near future to complete the application.  

2020 Final Fall and International Orientation Leader

Each year, the Office of New Student Programs coordinates two orientation programs for students who were unable to attend orientation programs earlier in the summer: International Orientation and Fall Orientation . ONSP also coordinates the Welcome to Michigan program before the start of Fall term.  To assist in the facilitation of these events, we recruit a staff of students that will participate across all three of the programs.


The application for Final Fall and International Orientation Leaders will be available in Winter 2020.  Please check back then for more information.