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The applications for summer 2017 orientation leader positions are now available.

Reference forms can be found here or in the confirmation email.

The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Due to the extension the Group Process dates will be rescheduled. Do not hesitate to email with any questions or more information.

Applications can be submitted via the above link, sent electronically to Ashlee Givins at or submitted to the Campus Center, 2nd floor, suite 2300, at the front desk. 


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. Upon completing your application, you will be scheduled for one of two group processes.

Group Process (mandatory):

Group Process will help us get to know you better, learn how you work in a team environment and what unique qualities you can bring to the group. During group process you will be observed by the Assistant Coordinators and returning OLs, 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 Assistant 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 will cover various topics on leadership, personal strengths, group dynamics, 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 2017 summer and the following 2017 - 2018 winter cycle. 

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 (cumulative GPA of 2.8) 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 2017, you must be enrolled for classes in fall 2017.)

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?

We are seeking a diverse group of students from ALL colleges/majors and years in school to represent UMass Boston accurately. 

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. 


Ashlee Givins, M.Ed.


Student Assistant Coordinators

Xenia Herrera ,Criminal Justice '19

Michelle Georges, Psychology, Education & Pre-Law '18

Daniel Gibbons, English & Music '20

Karissa Manning, Business Management '19



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