Orientation Team Job Description

The Orientation Team focuses on providing a quality transitional experience for all incoming students. The team members facilitate this transition into college by providing an introduction to the campus and its resources, leading conversations about the transition from high school to college or from one college to another, and acting as a representative of the Pennsylvania State University. Team members must be able to be flexible while working in a demanding, fast-paced environment and are expected to actively engage with students and families while providing a welcoming environment to make each New Student Orientation program a success.

Orientation Leader (seven [7] positions available during summer semester months)

  • General assistance with transition.
  • Facilitate small group discussions on subjects including transition issues, diversity and inclusion, health, safety and personal responsibilities, and good decision making
  • Respond to questions from students and families about university life using personal experiences in a professional manner
  • Present information to students on educational planning, including academic requirements, academic goal setting, academic integrity, and exploring academic majors alongside academic advisors
  • Encourage students to establish meaningful connections with other new students and share the importance of these connections during their transition to the University
  • Handle confidential student records with responsibility and care
  • Assist Campus Life with daily office tasks
  • Provide support to academic consultants and discuss educational opportunities with student participants
  • Have an opportunity to present to NSO participants: topics could include the importance of involvement and engagement in the Penn State community


  • $9.50/hour
  • Lunch included with orientation group
  • New Student Orientation attire
  • Opportunities to network with university staff
  • Improve leadership experience, communication and public speaking skills
  • Increase understanding of careers in higher education