Become An Orientation Leader

Become an Orientation Leader

For many students, being an Orientation Leader has been one of the most rewarding experiences of their college career.

Being an orientation leader challenged me to build meaningful relationships with new students quickly, this skill has become critical in being an effective educator.

Abbie Lamb High School History teacher
2015 graduate

I am not aware of another job where a student is tasked with building and refining their project management, sales, service content development and overall leadership skills.

Adam Waggoner Director of Business Development of MSP Group
2009 graduate

I had never worked with such a diverse and talented group of people before I was an orientation leader. This eye opening experience provided me with the tools to appreciate the beauty of diversity, which makes this an amazing place.

Armando Becerril Auditor-KPMG
2011 graduate

Being an orientation leader taught me to connect with people, actively listen, and to read people's emotions, which are all so important in my field.

Laura Pinon 4th year medical student-UNMC
2014 graduate

Being an orientation leader gave me the opportunity to further develop my interpersonal skills through working with diverse groups. It stretched me beyond my comfort zone and I had a blast doing so.

Scott Barker Environment Engineer at Koch Fertilizer
2010 graduate

Benefits To Look Forward To

  • Full-time, on-campus work with hourly pay and opportunities for overtime
  • A partial meal plan
  • The opportunity to work with UNL faculty and administrators
  • New friendships and connections with other student leaders from different areas of campus
  • Impact the lives of incoming students and their families

Skills Obtained

Skills obtained by being an orientation leader and applicable to a variety careers, and include:

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Working in teams
  • Problem solving skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Working with diverse populations


Orientation leaders will be expected to:

  • Represent the university in a positive way.
  • Develop positive relationships with other orientation leaders and members of NSE staff.
  • Participate attentively in training sessions and activities, which will include:
    • Developing a complete information base about UNL services and programs.
    • Developing knowledge in the academic programs of different academic colleges at UNL.
    • Reflecting and communicating one’s own college experience and transition, particularly with respect to academic challenges, social identities and values, involvement, sense of belonging, and well-being.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of NSE programs, including:
    • Summer 2021 NSE days.
    • Summer 2021 Power Up Weekend June 18–20).
    • 2021–2022 Transfer NSE days (monthly).
    • Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Big Red Welcome activities.

Tasks performed during NSE programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Public speaking in large or small groups of students and/or their families.
  • Giving tours of the university (training provided).
  • Sharing testimonials of one’s own experiences.
  • Small group facilitation and leading community-building activities.
  • Assisting students with class registration.
  • Must have attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln full time for a least 1 year. Exception: Transfer Students are eligible to apply in their first semester.
  • Must be returning to the university in Fall 2021 (seniors graduating in May 2021 not eligible).
  • Be in good disciplinary standing.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of application.
  • Last semester GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate large groups.
  • Ability to give tours of the university campus to large groups.
  • Ability to assist students in utilizing campus systems and registering for classes.
  • Willingness to learn about campus facts and university services are necessary.
  • Appreciation for diversity and sensitivity toward a variety of ideas and values.
  • International Orientation leaders must be fully admitted undergraduate (IEP, CEAP, or Exchange students are not eligible).
NSE Orientation Leader Selection Process Timeline—Date and Description listed
Date Description
January 11 Applications open
February 14 Applications close
February 15 Applications will be delivered to collegiate units for the screening committee
February 18 Semifinalists are notified
February 22–26 Interviews
February 27 Finalists are notified
March 9–April 27 Weekly training sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7–9 p.m.

Orientation leaders will be paid an hourly wage while working during:

  • New Student Enrollment.
  • Big Red Welcome.
  • Other events (could include International Orientation, Husker Dialogues, etc.).

Orientation leaders are projected to earn between $3,200 and $3,600 during the summer 2020.

Free room and board are provided at University Housing from May 8 to July 11 for a projected value of $2,150.

It is necessary to live on campus during the summer program.

The total compensation package is valued between $5,350 and $5,750.

International Students

International students are encouraged to apply to be orientation leaders. Being an orientation leader is different from being on the International Welcome Team. The International Welcome Team is the main group that assists with International Airport Welcome and International Orientation, although orientation leaders are offered some opportunities to participate in these programs as well. Orientation leaders lead New Student Enrollment Orientation for incoming domestic students throughout the summer. Being an orientation leader is a major leadership role on campus as well as an immersive experience in United States culture. 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.

Application Process

Make sure to follow all instructions and complete all necessary areas of application, including references (minimum of one professional and one personal). Please note that our recruitment timeline has changed from previous years; we will be hiring in the spring semester rather than the fall semester.

Application will open on January 11, and be due by February 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Because of the large number of students who apply for an orientation leader position, it is not possible to interview all applicants.

To determine a group of semifinalists, applicants will be screened by their college or division based upon the answers to the questions in the application and academic achievement. These semifinalists will be notified via email that they have been offered an interview. Interviews will take place during the week of February 22 through 26, 2021. Following interviews, a group of finalists will be selected as orientation leaders. Decisions on these finalists will be made and communicated prior to March 1. Training sessions will begin on Tuesday, March 9 from 7–9 p.m. and continue weekly through April 27.

Time Commitment

Session Dates
Spring Semester Training Sessions Tuesday evenings from March 9–April 17, 2021, 7––9 p.m.
Training for Summer Program May 10–21, 2021
Summer Program May 24–July 9, 2021
Late NSE (optional) August 10, August 19
International Welcome Week (optional) August 18–20, 2021*
Big Red Welcome August 18–22, 2021*

*Dates may be subject to change based on university policies and calendar.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a public university committed to providing a quality education to a diverse student body. One aspect of this commitment is to foster a climate of inclusion and mutual support that will enhance our ability to achieve our overall goals of recruiting and retaining good faculty and staff while allowing all of us to focus our energies and talents on our important missions of education, research and service. To this end, it is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln not to discriminate based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, religion or political affiliation. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies.

This policy is enacted in accordance with the University of Nebraska Board of Regents Policies and with various federal and state discrimination laws including Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1978, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and Title II of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008.

Inquiries regarding discrimination issues may be directed to the Office of Equity, Access & Diversity Programs, 128 Canfield Administration Building (402) 472-3417. You may also contact entities such as the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission and the Department of Education, Civil Rights Division.