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The applications for summer 2016 orientation leader positions are now closed. The next opportunity to apply will be in Fall 2016. Check back!


Become an Orientation Leader

Interested in becoming an orientation leader? Here's a little bit more information about the orientation leader selection process:

Review of Application:

The online application will help us learn more about you as an individual and will ask about your interest in the position, past work experiences, and personal interests. Upon completing your application, you will be asked to sign up for a mandatory group interview time. Applications will be available online.

Group Interview: (mandatory) 

The group interviews help us get to know you better and learn how you work in a team environment and what unique qualities you can bring to the group. During the group interview, you will be observed by our selection committee who will be looking at your communication skills, ability to manage a group, and overall personal attitude.

Individual Interview: (pending invitation) 

The individual interview will be held with the Director of New Student Programs (NSP) and the NSP Student Coordinators. The candidates will be asked questions about your involvement on campus, your position on diversity, why you want to be an orientation leader, and your personal and professional goals. We may also provide you with some mock scenarios and ask how you would respond.

OL Training Course: (pending invitation) 

All orientation leaders are required to complete a one-credit leadership course in the spring semester. This class is typically held on Tuesday afternoons (3:30-5:30 p.m.) and will cover various topics on leadership, personal strengths, group dynamics and university resources and knowledge. Students must complete this course with a minimum passing grade in order to be extended a full offer of employment as an orientation leader.

If hired, orientation leaders will work throughout the summer and the following winter cycle (based on availability). 

Application FAQs

1. What are the eligibility requirements to be an orientation leader?

In order to become an orientation leader (OL), you must be a full-time student in good academic standing and good student conduct standing. You also must be enrolled in classes for the semester following the summer of your employment (e.g., if you are applying for summer 2016, you must be enrolled for classes in fall 2016.)

2. Is this a work-study required position?

No. All eligible students can apply regardless of work study status. 

3. Who is the ideal candidate?

 There is no one ideal candidate. We are seeking a diverse group of students from ALL colleges/majors and years in school to represent the school well as orientation leaders are among the first faces that new students encounter at UMass Boston.

4. What if I apply and don't get the position? Can I apply again next year?

Each year we have an increasing number of applications and the process can be very selective. If you don't get accepted your first year, we encourage all applications to apply again the next year.

Any other questions? Contact New Student Programs at or 617.287.5813.

Meet the New Student Programs Staff

The Office for New Student Programs prides itself on maintaining a student-centered focus in all its programs and services. The student leaders who work in our office share a passion for UMass Boston and welcoming new students to all this university offers. 


Joseph DiMaria 

Orientation Coordinator

Linda Santos

Graduate Intern

Samantha Spellman

Student Assistant Coordinators

Ashish Ahuja, Management '17

MacKenzie Patterson, Biochemistry '18

Giovanna Pessa, Biology '18

Nicholas Russo, Biochemistry & Physics '18

Meghana Vallurupalli, Management '17


2016 Orientation Leaders​

Pantea Adrestani, Biology & Political Science '18

Alysha Ali, Art & Communications '18

Steven Assaad, Biology '19

Jacob Bohenko Economics '19

Cameron Chase, Exercise and Health Sciences '19

Laurie Dervil, Exercise and Health Sciences '18

Karissa Deslouches, Nursing '18

Saifullah Faisal Managment '18

Khulan Gansukh, Environmental Science '18

Michelle Georges, Psychology '17

Daniel Gibbons, Music '19

Brandon Hebert, Biology '19

Xenia Herrera, Criminal Justice '19

Dora Kadish, Biochemistry '18

Amira Kazi, Economics '18

Madison LaCure, Undecided '19

Karissa Manning, Management '19

Beret O'Connor, Sociology '17

Lauren Olton, Nursing '19

Johaisi Reyes, Women's and Gender Studies '17

William Rivera, Psychology & Sociology '19

Erick Sandoval, Exercise and Health Sciences '18

Sara Servano Managment & Psychology '19

Sara Tariq, Biology '19

Roger Tejada, Management '19

Aidan Thomas, Economics & Music '17

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