Student Jobs

The Office of New Student Programs is a small office that runs big programs with the help of talented University of Michigan students.

ONSP has many different types of positions, both paid and volunteer. Application timeline, hiring process, and compensation vary for each position. Use the links at left to learn more about our positions.  All positions are open to undergraduate students, except for the postings listed under “Graduate Student Opportunities.”  

Or, give us a call and talk to our front desk staff at (734) 764-6413. They will be more than happy to tell you about the ways to join our team! 

Summer Orientation Leaders

The Office of New Student Programs employs enthusiastic and resourceful students as orientation leaders to assist with summer new student and parent orientation. The orientation leader staff will be representative of our diverse undergraduate population. When selecting candidates, we will be looking for a balance of academic year, areas of study, and cultural diversity.


Click here to learn more about the Summer Orientation Leader Positions.

International & Fall Orientation Leaders

ONSP will not be hiring Fall & International Orientation Leaders for 2020. Please check back in March 2021 for information about Summer 2021 opportunities. 

Orientation Residential Positions

The Office of New Student Programs is hiring for two distinct positions that will work with residential aspect of the orientation program:  Orientation Residential Staff and Orientation Residential Assistants. 

Both of these live-in positions for the Summer of 2020 will have responsibilities for the evening and overnight operations of the Orientation program in East Quad.  More information on the roles and a link to the application can be found below:

2020 Orientation Residential Positions


UMETC Cast Members & Stage Staff

The Office of New Student Programs employs enthusiastic and talented students as U-M ETC cast members. ONSP uses educational theater to inform, enlighten and teach new students about variety of social, academic, and personal issues typically encountered during the college years. The actors perform sketches, using a mix of comedy and drama, to actively engage the audience, both affectively and cognitively, about selected topics.


Click here for more information about auditioning for UMETC


UMETC also employs assistant directors, stage managers, and musical directors at different times throughout the year. Currently no openings are available. Openings will be posted on this site as they become available. 

Transfer Mentors

Each year, Transfer Connections hires and trains former transfer students to be peer mentors to summer, fall and winter LSA transfer students. This is a paid position and mentors are expected to keep regular contact with group members and plan and implement events throughout the year. Transfer mentors work 8-10 hours per week and additional hours as necessary throughout the Fall and Winter terms. The goal of the program is to help new transfer students acclimate to the University, offer a social network and increase their access to essential University services. Click here to learn more about becoming a Transfer Mentor.

Information Referral Assistants

The application for Information Referral Assistants is currently closed. Please check back at the start of the term for updated information.

Information Referral Assistants (IRA) are the front line at ONSP. Information Referral Assistants answer the phones, greet visitors to the office, assist with orientation reservations, help with staff projects, coordinate large mailings, and much more. IRAs work during ONSP's normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Position Description

The Office of New Student Programs employs enthusiastic and resourceful students as Information Referral Assistants (IRAs) to assist with the day-to-day operation of the front desk.  Candidates must have strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.  They must be able to work in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, as well as take on and complete tasks autonomously.  Candidates must possess a genuine willingness to assist new students and their parents.  This position is open only to undergraduate students enrolled in the Winter 2020 term who are in good academic standing.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Answer inquires by telephone, e-mail, Instant Messenger and handle walk-in traffic
  • Assist new students and their parents with the reservation process for spring and summer orientation sessions
  • Be familiar with services and responsibilities of different programs within ONSP and the roles of senior staff; accurately respond to questions and concerns and make appropriate referrals
  • Be familiar with the structure and organization of the University of Michigan, and be able to communicate information about the various academic units, support services, and resources in an accurate and un-biased fashion
  • Complete routine office tasks (data entry, copies, etc…)
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned


IRAs are expected to represent the University and ONSP in a consistently professional and responsible manner.  They are required to be punctual, reliable, and conscientious in the performance of all responsibilities.  IRAs must follow all U-M and ONSP policies regarding confidentiality of student data.  It is expected that they are willing to share ideas, improvements and other thoughts with the staff.


Arts at Michigan Staff

The Arts at Michigan program hires students who are passionate about the arts, regardless of academic major.


Click here to learn more about openings with Arts at Michigan.

Mentorship Communication Coordinators

A Communication Coordinator (CC) is a paid position with the Mentorship Program. You do not have to be a former peer mentor with the program before applying to be a CC, but some mentoring and/or leadership experience is preferred. CCs are responsible for leading their assigned peer mentor groups, offering advice to peer and faculty/staff mentors, answering questions, and providing information about mentorship opportunities to all mentors and mentees. They also plan and execute all Mentorship program events (2-3 events per month) and create the monthly and mid-monthly e-newsletters. CCs work 8-10 hours per week in the Mentorship Office, and an additional 4-6 hours outside the office (in meetings with peer core and faculty/staff mentors) and additional hours for major event staffing. Click here to learn more about becoming a Communication Coordinator

Veteran & Military Student Contact Coordinators

The Military and Veterans Services Program in conjunction with the UM Depression Center hires students who have or who are serving in the United States Military as Peer Advisor Leaders.   Peer Advisor Leaders (PALs) communicate with the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (P.A.V.E.) advisors and participants about the P.A.V.E. program.  They also plan activities and events that will help our Veterans, Military members and their families succeed at the University of Michigan.  PALs will also draft newsletters and other communication to our military community.   Applications are due in late February/early March.

Click here for more information, email Phil Larson:, or call (734)764-6413 for more information.

Graduate Student Opportunities

The Office of New Student Programs may hire graduate students for program assistant positions and occasionally sponsors a graduate internship. Check the student employment website for current listings (do an "Advanced job search" and enter "New Student Programs, Office of" in the "Department or Employer" field).

Volunteer Peer Mentors

The University Mentorship Program seeks undergraduate students to volunteer as Peer Mentors.  Peer Mentors play an integral role in the Mentorship Program by being the primary facilitator of small group Mentorship interactions. Being a peer mentor with the University Mentorship Program starts with a Winter term training session, and continues to December of the following Fall semester.


As a peer mentor, you will be matched with a faculty or staff member here at UM according to a shared academic/career interest. The two of you will form a mentoring team to four first-year students who also share your academic interests. The Mentorship Program also sponsors several small events throughout the year that participants will be invited to. In between face-to-face meetings with your group members, you are expected to keep in regular contact through phone and e-mail.


Peer Mentor applications are available November-January for the following academic year. Applications are due in late January, and selected applicants are invited back for individual interviews. Mentors will be notified of their acceptance into the Program in early March.


Click here for more information about the Mentorship Program Or call (764-6413) or e-mail us at

Summer Parking Attendant

ONSP hires a summer Parking Attendant to assist in the delivery of the U-M Orientation program.  In this position, the perfect candidate will be one of the first points of contact for incoming students and their families. This position works Sundays - Wednesday mornings from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM from early June through early August. This is the perfect job for those who also want to take classes during the summer.

Other Positions at ONSP

Currently there are no other positions available at ONSP.