Student Leadership Positions

Orientation Advisors (OAs)

Orientation Advisors (OA) are an integral part of the New Student Orientation experience. If you are looking for a fun and rewarding leadership opportunity, then consider applying to become an OA. Click here to learn more.

Family Orientation Student Leaders

Family Orientation Student Leaders play an integral part in welcoming new Longhorn Families to the Forty Acres! They spend their summer developing leadership skills, being part of a dynamic team and welcoming incoming families.

As a Family Orientation Leader, you will have the opportunity to help families as they navigate through Family Orientation. Roles/duties will include prepping materials, guiding families, giving tours, setting up rooms and spaces, and hosting an end of day celebration! Aside from leadership skills, you will also gain facilitation skills, organizational skills, time management, and get to know other highly motivated students on campus.  Applications will open in the spring term. 

Bevo Buddy!

Bevo Buddy! pairs a UT student leader with an incoming freshman or transfer student. This provides new students with opportunities to connect regularly with an experienced Longhorn, as well as explore the UT and Austin community!

Bevo Buddy Program Components:

  • UT student leader paired with incoming student from September 2022 -May 2023
  • Bevo Buddy Leaders will do bi-weekly check-ins (via text or email) with their identified/matched incoming students
  • Invitations to VIP Events throughout the semester/year will include special guest speakers, VIP campus tours, fun activities and Austin exploration

Graduate Assistants

This position is currently closed. New Student Services hires graduate assistants on a yearly basis, for an appointment of 1-2 years. The recruitment process begins in February each year. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Desiree Alva at

The Graduate Assistant will work on most major area projects, from Orientation Advisor selection to publications. There may also be an opportunity for special projects. Other duties may include administering programs for undergraduate students during their first-year on campus, including pre-semester and summer orientation sessions; Longhorn Welcome events at the beginning of the fall semester; and other projects that assist in new student transition. Graduate assistants receive in-state tuition and insurance.

Maralyn Heimlich Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Maralyn S. Heimlich, who served students at the University of Texas at Austin for more than twenty years. For the last eleven years of her service, she directed the orientation program for new students and was responsible for the training and teaching of the student staff and Orientation Advisors (OAs). Maralyn was a teacher, mentor, and friend to the OA staff who served as a professional role model by demonstrating respect and care in the way she performed her job duties and lived her life. It is these attributesand values we seek to honor and recognize in scholarship recipients. For more information and to apply, click here.