Student Leadership Positions

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.

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, working with a diverse and socially conscious group of campus leaders, then consider applying to become an OA. Click here to learn more.