Become An Orientation Leader


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

Benefits To Look Forward To

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

What To Expect

Time Commitment

Spring Semester

  • Training sessions each week beginning Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7–10 p.m.
  • Team-building Retreat: January 13–14, 2017

Training for Summer Program

  • May 8–30, 2017

Summer Program

  • May 31–July 8, 2017

Late NSE

  • August 10, 2017

International Orientation

  • August 16–18, 2017

Big Red Welcome

  • August 18–20, 2017

Husker Dialogues

  • September 12, 2017


Become knowledgeable in the following topics in order to effectively communicate information to incoming students:
  1. Develop an expertise in the academic programs of your college.
  2. Understand the requirements of other colleges well enough to work with students enrolling in all colleges.
  3. Develop a complete information base about UNL services and programs.
  4. Facilitate discussions of student and/or parent tour groups.
  5. Attend all orientation leader training and development sessions.
  6. Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of:
    • Summer enrollment.
    • Transfer orientation.
    • Tours.
    • Big Red Welcome.
    • Husker Dialogues.
    • Other activities during the year.
  7. Perform tasks necessary to ensure a well-run office/service area. Giving special attention to class registration of new students during enrollment programs

Application Process

  • Make sure to follow all instructions and complete all necessary areas of application.
  • Application deadline is November 10.

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.


Applications are now open at

Selection Criteria

  1. Must have attended UNL full time for a least 1 year. Exception: Transfer Students are eligible to apply in their first semester.
  2. Be in good disciplinary standing.
  3. Be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of application.
  4. Last semester GPA and cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills.
  6. Ability to give tours of the UNL campus to large groups.
  7. Ability to assist students in building a class schedule.
  8. Willingness to learn about campus facts and University services are necessary.
  9. Must be able to work as part of a team to accomplish group goals.
  10. Have an appreciation for diversity and sensitivity toward a variety of ideas and values.

Selection Timeline

NSE Orientation Leader Selection Process Timeline - Date and Description listed
Date Description
October 12 Applications open
November 10 Applications close
November 12 Applications will be delivered to collegiate units for the screening committee
November 19 Screening will be completed by the college of the applicant and the New Student Enrollment staff 
November 24 Finalists are notified
November 29–December 4 Interviews


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

  • New Student Enrollment
  • Big Red Welcome
  • Mid Semester Check programs
  1. Orientation leaders are projected to earn between $3,150 and $3,500 during the summer 2017.
  2. Free room and board are provided at University Housing from May 8th to July 8th for a projected value of $1,800.
  3. It is necessary to live on campus during the summer program.
  4. Free housing is also available during the second five-week session*.
  5. The total compensation package is valued between $4,950 and $5,300.

*It is possible to take classes during the second five-week summer session.

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.