Be an Orientation Advisor

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Orientation Advisors Fall 2021 Information

 




Orientation Advisors

New Student Services (NSS) oversees orientation for thousands of incoming students each year, ensuring they successfully transition, both academically and socially, to the university. Each year, NSS interviews, hires and trains a diverse group of talented students, called Orientation Advisors (OAs), to assist in the development, planning and execution of these orientation programs.

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. OAs are important representatives for all incoming students—they are among the first people new students and families meet in their Longhorn journey! On-campus housing and meals (pending adjustments to the university health and safety guidance), wages and UT swag are simply the monetary benefits of becoming and OA.

Develop your skills in countless ways, make lifelong friendships and become a true ambassador for The University of Texas at Austin as an Orientation Advisor! 

Before you apply, review Helpful Tips for Orientation Advisor (OA) Candidates.

 

Interview Process

All interested applicants must attend an Orientation Advisor Information Session to be eligible to apply. Some information sessions will occur in-person and some will occur via Zoom. Please see below for a list of information session dates, times, and locations. After you attend an Information Session an application link will be sent to you. Online applications were due Sunday, October 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Individual Interviews will take place virtually the week of November 1. Group Interview Day will take place in-person (pending adjustments to the university's health and safety guidance) on Sunday, November 7. You must attend both the Individual Interview and Group Interview Day in order to be eligible for a position. Decisions will be sent out before the Thanksgiving break. 

See the job descriptions below for more information on the position requirements and compensation.

REQUIRED Orientation Advisor Information Sessions

*Please attend one session to be eligible to apply for a position

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 5 7-8 p.m. Concluded
Wednesday, October 6 6-7 p.m. Concluded
Thursday, October 7 12-1 p.m. Concluded
Monday, October 11 5-6 p.m. Concluded
Wednesday, October 13 7-8 p.m. Concluded
Thursday, October 14 6-7 p.m. Concluded
Sunday, October 17 8-9 p.m. Concluded
Monday, October 18 12-1 p.m. Concluded
Wednesday, October 20 5-6 p.m. Concluded

Summary of Orientation Advisor Positions

Position Status

1st Year Orientation Advisor

Serving as an Orientation Advisor (OA) provides the opportunity to have a significant impact on incoming students. Through their commitment to serving the university, OAs will receive in-depth personal and group leadership development, training on university traditions and history, job-specific skills and enhanced peer relationship-building techniques. Additionally, OAs receive several weeks of peer academic advising training from academic counselors within respective colleges. OAs have a unique position with the ability to engage fellow Longhorns in one of the most important times of their college career, as they transition to campus and register for classes. OAs are selected in the fall semester and enter into a probationary period during the spring semester. As a part of the probationary period, OAs will have to enroll in and successfully complete the OA training class. Upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period, OAs will be hired for employment beginning May 2022. Compensation includes an hourly wage. Students will also receive housing in an on-campus residence hall, a meal card for use during scheduled work or training hours, and Bevo Pay pending adjustments due to COVID-19.

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2nd Year Orientation Advisor

Only students who have completed at least one year of the Orientation Advisor program are eligible to apply. Please contact New Student Services staff for more information on the application process.

2nd Year Orientation Advisors serve as role models for 1st Year OAs. They will complete all of the same duties as 1st Year Orientation Advisors and will bring a level of added expertise and professionalism to the program. Compensation includes an hourly wage. Students will also receive housing in an on-campus residence hall, a meal card for use during scheduled work or training hours, and Bevo Pay pending adjustments due to COVID-19. 

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Leadership Team Member

Only students who have completed at least one year of the Orientation Advisor program are eligible to apply. Please contact New Student Services staff for more information on the application process.

The Leadership Team provides significant guidance to Orientation Advisors, with the unique opportunity to impact peers and incoming students simultaneously. If selected, students will lead committees, assist in the training of Orientation Advisors and provide leadership to the orientation program. The Leadership Team will serve along with New Student Services staff to carry out the mission of New Student Services. Compensation includes an hourly wage. Students will also receive housing in an on-campus residence hall, a meal card for using during scheduled work or training hours and Bevo Pay pending adjustments due to COVID-19.

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Summer Orientation Staff (SOS)

Summer Orientation Staff (SOS) are former Orientation Advisors who work behind the scenes with orientation details and serve as a central location for new students to gain information during orientation. They are recognized by NSS staff as someone who possesses strong communication and organizational skills and are able to exhibit strong customer service and knowledge about the orientation program. Compensation includes an hourly wage.

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Summer Orientation Staff Coordinator (SOSC)

Summer Orientation Staff Coordinators (SOSC) are former Orientation Advisors who are able to lead their SOS peers with simultaneous projects throughout the summer to ensure a successful orientation experience for new students. They are recognized by NSS staff as someone who possesses strong leadership skills and the ability to lead by example to enhance the orientation program. Compensation includes an hourly wage.

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