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

  • Developing transferable skills for your future career including: working in a diverse team, honing your communication skills, making decisions, problem solving and presentation skills
  • Living in Lincoln during the summer (for free) while making a competitive wage with overtime
  • The opportunity to work with and get to know faculty and administrators from the University
  • Working with other leaders on campus
  • Impacting the lives of incoming freshmen
  • Gaining new friends

Skills Obtained

Skills obtained by being an orientation leader and applicable to all careers:

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


Become knowledgeable in the following topics in order to effectively communicate information to incoming students:

  • Develop an expertise in the academic programs of your college.
  • Understand the requirements of other colleges well enough to work with students enrolling in all colleges.
  • Develop a complete information base about UNL services and programs.
  • Facilitate discussions of student and/or parent tour groups.
  • Attend all orientation leader training and development sessions.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of:
    • Summer enrollment.
    • Transfer orientation.
    • Tours.
    • Big Red Welcome.
    • Husker Dialogues.
    • Other activities during the year.
  • Perform tasks necessary to ensure a well-run office/service area. Giving special attention to class registration of new students during enrollment programs
  • Must have attended UNL full time for a least 1 year. Exception: Transfer Students are eligible to apply in their first semester.
  • Be in good disciplinary standing.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of application.
  • Last semester GPA and cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to give tours of the UNL campus to large groups.
  • Ability to assist students in building a class schedule.
  • Willingness to learn about campus facts and University services are necessary.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team to accomplish group goals.
  • Have an 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
October 11 Applications open
November 6 Applications close
November 8 Applications will be delivered to collegiate units for the screening committee
November 15 Finalists are notified
November 27–December 2 Interviews

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

  • New Student Enrollment
  • Big Red Welcome
  • International Orientation
  • Husker Dialogues

Orientation leaders are projected to earn between $3,200 and $3,600 during the summer 2019.

Free room and board are provided at University Housing from May 6 to July 12 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 who are hired as 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.

Application Process

International Student Applicants

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. The application deadline is November 6. International applicants should do their best to provide three references; however, applications will be accepted with fewer than three references.

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 1 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.

Domestic Student Applicants

Make sure to follow all instructions and complete all necessary areas of application.

Application deadline is November 6.

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 finalists, applicants will be screened by their college or division based upon the answers to the questions in the application and academic achievement.

Time Commitment

International Student Applicants

Being an international orientation leader is a significant time commitment, requiring a 3-hour weekly training class in the spring semester from 7–10 p.m. on Tuesdays, intensive training in May after school concludes, and 40+ hours each week during June and July and during International Welcome Week in August and January. Additionally, international orientation leaders lead one Friday night "Life in Lincoln" event per month during the semester.

Spring Semester

  • Training sessions each week beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7–10 p.m.
  • Team-building Retreat: January 18–20, 2019

Training for Summer Orientation

  • All of May 2019

Summer Orientation

  • May 29–July 11, 2019

Late NSE

  • August 13 & 14, 2019

International Welcome Team training, airport welcome and orientation

  • August 15–25, 2019

Big Red Welcome

  • August 25, 2019

Husker Dialogues

  • Evening in early September, 2019—date TBD

Spring 2020 International Welcome Week

  • January 7–12, 2020

Domestic Student Applicants

Spring Semester

  • Training sessions each week beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7–10 p.m.
  • Team-building Retreat: January 25–26, 2019

Training for Summer Program

  • May 6–28, 2019

Summer Program

  • May 29–July 11, 2019

Late NSE

  • August 13 & 14, 2019

International Orientation

  • August 21–23, 2019

Big Red Welcome

  • August 23–25, 2019

Husker Dialogues

  • Evening in early September, 2019—date TBD

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.