Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are a team of dedicated and diverse undergraduate students whose primary responsibility is to assist new students and their families with their transition into the NC State community and Wolfpack family. They serve as resources, facilitators, and official representatives of the University during Orientation and transition programs.

The application for summer 2020 is now closed. If you’re interested in applying for Summer 2021, fill out the interest form and we’ll let you know when the application opens in fall 2020!


  • Serve as a role model and resource to students while representing the University professionally
  • Share knowledge about the University’s history, campus resources, and expectations. When appropriate, they refer guests to additional resources and campus departments.
  • Facilitate engaging and well-organized small group meetings for new students
  • Help students and parents acclimate to the physical campus by leading campus tours, providing directions, and escorting them to sessions
  • Assist students with navigating MyPack Portal during the course registration process
  • Proactively provide customer service to guests throughout the program
  • Provide assistance to faculty and staff who present or advise during Orientation
  • Work as a team with the Orientation Leaders to deliver information through various performances
  • Develop and display a level of understanding regarding social justice, diversity, and inclusion
  • Serve as an ongoing resource to new students and families with a professional OL Instagram account


Selected students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (undergraduate) in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020 semesters
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Be in good standing with the university
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Live in the provided on-campus housing accommodations throughout summer employment
  • Not take any summer coursework or have outside employment from June 3 – August 1, 2020

Time Commitment

Individual commitment to all training and employment dates is essential to the success of the Orientation Leader team. If you have a conflict with any of the employment dates and would like to know if you are still eligible to apply for the position, please contact NSP at new-students@ncsu.edu or 919-515-1234. Dates are subject to change.

Fall 2019 Semester

  • Meet the Team Meeting: Friday, November 22 from 2:30pm-5:30pm

Spring 2020 Semester

  • USC 223 Orientation Leader Development: 2-credit hour course, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm
  • NSP Leadership Retreat: TBD

Summer 2020

  • Summer Training: June 3, 2020 – June 14, 2020 (Full-time)
  • Summer Orientation Sessions: June 15, 2020 – July 31, 2020 (not including weekends)
    • The typical working day for an OL during Orientation Sessions is 7:00am – 11:00pm 
    • Note: Outside employment is not permitted June 3 – July 31, 2020.
    • Note: Summer coursework at NC State or any other institution (in-person or online) is not permitted from June 3 – July 31, 2020.

Fall 2020 Semester

  • August Orientation Session: Thursday, August 13 – Friday, August 14, 2020
  • Wolfpack Welcome Week (Friday, August 14 – Saturday, August 22, 2020): Provide on-site assistance at the OL Reunion Dinner, New Student Convocation, and at least one other event (based on OL availability).

Spring 2021

  • Spring Orientation 2021 (Dates in January 2021 TBD)

Compensation and Benefits

  • $2225 gross salary paid throughout the summer employment period. 2021 Spring Orientation will also be paid at an hourly rate for $9 per hour. (Pay dates will be determined by the University payroll system.  All pay is subject to state and federal taxes.)
  • On-Campus Housing provided June 3 – August 1, 2020
  • Most meals provided during orientation sessions with $100 conference card supplement

In addition to the compensation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the University’s history, opportunities, and resources, and share this knowledge with incoming students and their families
  • Gain both leadership and professional experience including time management, group facilitation, cultural competency, and public speaking
  • Meet and work with administrators, faculty, and staff from across the University
  • Be part of a supportive team of student leaders while having an unforgettable summer experience


Are OLs the tour guides that lead tours for prospective students during the academic year?

  • No. Tours for prospective students are led by University Ambassadors. You may contact the Joyner Visitor Center at 919-513-1200 to learn more about the Ambassador position.

I am a graduate student. Can I be an Orientation Leader?

  • No. Only undergraduate students are eligible for the Orientation Leader position.

I am a Spring Connect student. Can I be an Orientation Leader?

  • Spring Connect students are eligible to apply for the position the fall after their first spring semester. For example, students beginning in Spring 2020 are not eligible to apply until Fall 2020 for a Summer 2021 position.

I am unable to take the USC 223 class. Can I still be an OL?

  • No. You must be able to enroll in the USC 223 class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm during the Spring 2020 semester.

Can I take summer classes while I am an OL?

  • No. Orientation Leaders will not be permitted to take any summer coursework at NC State or any other institution (in-person or online) from June 3 – July 31, 2020.

Can I be employed by another job while I am an OL?

  • Outside employment is not permitted from June 3 – July 31, 2020 including weekends.

I plan to study abroad in the Fall 2020 semester. Can I still be an OL?

  • Yes, we are willing to work with students who plan to study abroad so long as they can fulfill the employment commitments through July. If your departure date prohibits you from the employment dates in August, your stipend would be reduced accordingly.

Do I have to live on campus while employed as an OL?

  • Yes. Even if an OL has off-campus housing, they must stay in the residence hall during summer training and orientation sessions. When new students are not staying in the halls (typically Friday and Saturday nights), OLs are permitted to stay off campus.

Let’s hear from the OLumni!


“Being an Orientation Leader was an incredible professional experience for me! I gained so much confidence in my self and in my abilities while also having a lot of fun. This has definitely been my most memorable job experience yet!!”

  • Samantha Temucin, Senior in Human Biology

“Being an OL has allowed me to connect to the Wolfpack family in ways that I cannot describe. To work with a team of people who want to see you grow as a leader and as an individual was something that I enjoyed the most during my time as an OL.During the summer, it was a wonderful opportunity to connect with incoming students and families to help them transition into college life. I feel even more connected to the NC State community than ever before.”

  • Jay Jones, Sophomore in Nuclear Engineering

“I learned so much about myself and about the university, and I gained another family in the other 34 OLs that I worked with all summer long.”

  • Emma Carter, Sophomore in Graphic Design

“Being an OL gave me experience working with a diverse group of individuals and cohesive team. I also was able to hone my customer service skills by working with many different students and guests daily.”

  • Justin Peterkin, Sophomore in Business Administration (from Exploratory Studies)

“I think people should be OLs because it provides an opportunity to overall increase your confidence in public speaking, delivering information, and being a resource for others.”

  • Madissen Keys, Sophomore in Psychology

“You should apply for this position because you’re going to have an experience of a lifetime. I’ve gained so much personal and professional development from this job like confidence and how to be a leader.”

  • Stephy Lee, Sophomore in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

“I am so glad I applied for this position! I made great friends, created awesome new experiences, and added to my Wolfpack Family with the #NSPFam!”

  • Ashley Nelson, Sophomore in Biological Sciences

“Being an OL taught me patience and compassion for all kinds of people. I realized how much I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their unique experiences. I grew a lot this summer and became very patient and empathetic, but I also had a blast with 34 new friends!”

  • Hannah Summers, Sophomore in Chemical Engineering

“You get to keep the polos… forever.”

  • Sam Thornton, Sophomore in Physics


Questions? Email New Student Programs at new-students@ncsu.edu