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 2018 Orientation Leader closed Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Visit the Recruitment and Selection webpage to learn more about the application and interview process for the position.


  • 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 Twitter account


Selected students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (undergraduate)
  • 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 6 – July 28, 2018

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 Quentin Hodges at new-students@ncsu.edu or 919-515-1234. Dates are subject to change.

Fall 2017 Semester

  • Meet the Orientation Leaders Meeting: Friday, November 17 from 3:00-6:00pm

Spring 2018 Semester

  • USC 223 Orientation Leader Development: 2-credit hour course, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:15pm
  • NSP Leadership On-Campus Retreat: Saturday, January 20, 2018 (Full Day)
  • SROW Preparation Days
    • Saturday February 10, 2018 (1pm-6pm)
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018 (1pm-6pm)
  • SROW (Southern Region Orientation Workshop) at the University of Central Florida: Evening of Thursday, March 15 – Sunday, March 18, 2018

Summer 2018

  • Summer Training: June 6, 2017 – June 17, 2018 (Full-time)
  • Summer Orientation Sessions: June 18, 2018 – July 27, 2018 (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 6 – July 27, 2018.
    • Note: Summer coursework at NC State or any other institution (in-person or online) is not permitted from June 6 through July 27, 2018.

Fall 2018 Semester

  • August Orientation Session: Thursday, August 16 – Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Wolfpack Welcome Week (Friday, August 17 – Saturday, August 25): Provide on-site assistance at the Meet the Pack, Convocation, Chancellor’s New Student Cookout, and at least one other event (based on OL availability).

Spring 2019

  • Spring Orientation 2019 (Dates in January 2019 TBD)

Compensation and Benefits

  • $2200 gross salary paid throughout the summer employment period. 2019 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.)
  • Funded trip to participate in the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) including conference registration, overnight accommodations, meals and other materials needed
  • On-Campus Housing provided June 6 – July 28, 2018
  • 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 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 2018 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 6 – July 27, 2018.

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

  • Outside employment is not permitted from June 6 – July 27, 2018 including weekends.

I plan to study abroad in the Fall 2018 semester. Can I still be an OL?

  • Yes, we are willing to work with students who plan to study abroad. 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 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn about yourself personally and professionally.  It is a truly rewarding job to make an impact on incoming students while developing essential leadership skills that you will carry with you forever.”

  • Logan Edwards, Sophomore in Engineering

“After a summer as an OL, I feel so connected to this campus and the people on it.”

  • Lauren Gilbert, Sophomore in Humanities and Social Sciences

“People should apply to be an Orientation Leader because it’s a once in a lifetime experience that lets you get connected to campus as well as helping new students get acclimated to campus! You learn valuable skills and also get to work with a professional staff that gives you the support necessary to be the best OL you can be.

  • Shelby White, Junior in Management

“This position is the opportunity to make an impact and be the change you wish to see.”

  • Kevin Hogan, Sophomore in Humanities and Social Sciences

“Being an OL helped me grow so much both as a student leader and a person! Working for New Student Programs challenged me to become a better group facilitator and conversationalist and allowed me to serve as a role model for new students as they come into the university. My summer as an OL is unquestionably the best summer I’ve had so far.”

  • Adam Schmidt, Sophomore in Engineering

 “Becoming an OL will challenge you to better yourself and the others around you.”

  • Ryan Natal, Junior in Sciences

 “Working as an Orientation Leader is a life-changing experience.  After an intense summer, you find yourself much more confident in who you are and your abilities to impact NC State and other people for good. You learn all sorts of things about diversity and inclusion, time management, and working on a team, to name a few. On top of all that, you leave the position with an awesome family who has your back, and the happy memories stay with you for long after the summer is over.”

  • Victor Eduardo, Junior in Humanities and Social Sciences

“Being an OL has given me the opportunity to break outside my comfort zone and do things that I never thought I’d accomplish.”

  • Victoria Neal, Junior in Humanities and Social Sciences

“Working with NSP is one of the most rewarding experiences you can pursue at NC State. Not only will you have the opportunity to impact the future of our school, but also discover what makes you a unique member of the Wolfpack. It’s an experience that will encourage you to always put your best foot forward, and once you do, you’ll never want to stop moving.”

  • Carlos Guiterrez, Senior (Transfer Student) in Humanities and Social Sciences

“The OL experience gave me the skills and the ability to advocate for myself and be able to examine the role I want to play here at NC State.”

  • Lee Daniel, Sophomore in Sciences

 “Working for NSP is truly joining a family. Not a day goes by where I don’t see a friend I made from this summer around campus.”

  • Michael Barilla, Sophomore in Engineering


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