International Orientation Leaders

International Orientation Leaders

What do international orientation leaders do?

International orientation leaders lead domestic student orientation during the summer and also lead international welcome and social programs before and after the semester begins. Being an international orientation leader is different than being on the International Welcome Team. Welcome Team members work international programs exclusively, but international orientation leaders have an expanded role that includes domestic and international programs. Being an international orientation leader is a major leadership role on campus, and it is a significant commitment that yields great professional and social rewards such as an expanded résumé, improved communication and leadership skills, and new friends. Please find more details about the responsibility here.


  1. Must have attended UNL full time for at least 1 year. Exception: Transfer students are eligible in their first semester.
  2. Be in good disciplinary standing (not on academic probation).
  3. Be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of application.
  4. Be fully admitted undergraduate (IEP, CEAP, or Exchange students are not eligible).
  5. Last semester GPA and cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.
  6. Strong interpersonal skills.
  7. Ability to give tours of the UNL campus to large groups.
  8. Ability to assist students in building a class schedule.
  9. Willingness to learn about campus facts and University services.
  10. Must be able to work as part of a team to accomplish group goals.
  11. Have an appreciation for diversity and sensitivity toward a variety of ideas and values.

Application process

The application and interview process for international orientation leaders (IOLs) is extremely competitive. Each year, NSE hires four international students to be orientation leaders, and many more than that apply for the position. Apply here. The application deadline is November 7. International applicants do not need to provide references. Please leave that section blank.

To determine a group of finalists who will be interviewed, applicants will be screened by their college or division based upon the answers to the questions in the application and academic achievement. Because of the large number of applicants, not all applicants will be interviewed. Finalists will be notified via email that they have been offered an interview. The IOL interview will be on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. That is the only time that international applicants will be interviewed, and the interview process lasts three full hours.

Time commitment

Being an international orientation leader is a significant time commitment, requiring a 3-hour weekly training class in the spring semester, intensive training in May after school concludes, and 40+ hours each week during June and July. International orientation leaders are required to comply with the time commitments outlined for domestic orientation leaders. In addition, international orientation leaders must be available to lead international programs on the following dates, which are required:

  • Fall International Welcome Team training—August 8–11, 2018
  • Fall International airport welcome—August 12–14, 2018
  • Fall International Orientation and welcome events—August 15–19, 2018
  • Spring International Welcome Team training and airport welcome—January 1–3, 2019
  • Spring International Orientation and welcome events—January 4–6, 2019