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Summer Orientation

Orientation Staff

The orientation staff are the backbone of our New Student Orientation and Welcome Week programs. They are representatives of Hofstra University and one of the first connections our new students make on campus. We are seeking motivated undergraduate students to join our team of Orientation Leaders and Welcome Week Coordinators!

  • Description

    Orientation Leaders (OLs) are Hofstra students who help incoming first-year and transfer students with the transition to the academic and co-curricular life on campus. During the summer New Student Orientation program, OLs facilitate small groups of incoming students, lead them through the orientation program, and provide them with an informative and honest look at college life.

    Welcome Week Coordinators (WWCs) are Hofstra students who plan Welcome Week, part two of orientation that occurs right before classes begin. WWCs assist with planning many events and activities for new students, hire the volunteer Welcome Week Leaders, and many other things to ensure it is a fun and educational program.

    Both positions are the most sought after leadership positions on campus and work together on each program. Both OLs and WWCs work from May-August to welcome our newest members of the pride.

  • Responsibilities
    • Facilitate transitional programs for first-year students, transfer students, and their families.
    • Assist the course registration and academic planning process.
    • Portray Hofstra University, its policies, services, resources, and campus life in a professional manner to new students and their families.
    • Lead workshops, presentations, and discussions to provide students with information and perspectives on campus life.
  • Commitments
    • Must reside on campus in housing provided by New Student Programs when the New Student Orientation program is in session. Housing will be provided for the duration of the employment period and staff and there will be no lapse in housing for those who live on campus during the academic year.
    • Commit to working Monday-Friday during the summer. Actual dates and hours worked will vary based upon New Student Orientation and training schedules. OLs and WWCs must refrain from assuming another job responsibility, or engaging in conflicting outside commitments during the period of summer employment. OLs are permitted to also hold the Resident Assistant position, but may not take summer classes. WWCs are permitted to take summer classes, but may not also be Resident Assistants.
    • Both positions can take time off, and away from campus, during the summer, when the program is not in session, typically the week of July 4 and once the final orientation session concludes, though time varies for OLs and WWCs.
  • Qualifications
    • Be a matriculated undergraduate student
    • Must have no active judicial sanctions
    • Must have a 2.75 or above grade point average
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and problem-solving skills
    • Willing to try new things!
  • Compensation and Employment Benefits

    Specific details about compensation will be provided at information sessions, however each staff member is provided with:

    • A Stipend, paid biweekly
    • A meal card
    • Group meals during the program
    • On campus housing during the employment period
    • Orientation staff apparel (two polos, one tee shirt, and a backpack) which will be your uniform while working
    • Learn leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. Gain and understanding of large-scale event management.
  • Application Process
    1. Our application process will allow you to apply for the OL position, the WWC position, or to be considered for both.
    2. Attend an information session. Information sessions will give more details about employment requirements and dates, as well as compensation and benefits.
      • Information sessions for 2018 are scheduled in Student Center Plaza West for the following dates – please choose one to attend: February 5, 2018 at 5:15pm; February 6, 2018 at 5:15pm; February 7, 2018 at 11:30am; February 8, 2018 at 3:45pm; February 9, 2018 at 11:00am and 3:00pm. Applications will be distributed at each information session.
    3. Submit your application, which will include a resume, statement of interest, and two professional references. Details on how to submit your application will be given in the information session.
    4. By invitation only: attend a group interview session. Group interviews allow us to observe your interactions with others and ability to work as part of a team.
    5. By invitation only: attend an individual interview. The individual interview is the last step in the selection process for orientation staff.
    6. Information sessions for 2018 are scheduled in Student Center Plaza West for the following dates – please choose one to attend:
      • February 5, 2018 at 5:15pm
      • February 6, 2018 at 5:15pm
      • February 7, 2018 at 11:30am
      • February 8, 2018 at 3:45pm
      • February 9, 2018 at 11:00am and 3:00pm.
    7. Applications will be distributed at each information session.
  • Contact Us

    If you have any questions about any aspect of the orientation leader selection process that are not answered on this page, please email orientation[at]hofstra.edu


Meet the Orientation Staff

True Campus Leaders

Hofstra Orientation Leader Recruitment from Hofstra Orientation on Vimeo.

"I found the majority of aspects of the Orientation program to be both enjoyable and useful. I had an excellent time at the dance party, participating in the activities offered on Tuesday night, and the talent show. Aside from the fun, I was given the opportunity to get a feel of the university and the individuals who I will be attending school with in the Fall which was quite useful. I particularly enjoyed the enthusiasm of the Orientation Leaders, for it was incredible motivation to get involved and helped me to instantly feel comfortable in the college setting."

- Member of the Class of 2014