NSP Summer Leader Recruitment

Each year New Student Programs (NSP) selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing university transition programs throughout the summer. Orientation Leaders (OLs) represent NC State during Orientation programs and assist new students and their families with their transition into the NC State community. Summer Start Mentors build relationships with incoming students participating in the Summer Start Program, which is an on-campus academic and co-curricular experience before their first fall semester. 

The application for summer 2020 Orientation Leader position has been EXTENDED! Apply today! We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer Start Mentor position.

Interested in learning more or applying? Follow these steps:

Step 1: Attend an information session (All in Talley Student Union, Room 4140). 

  • Friday, September 27, 3:00-4:00p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 5:30-6:30p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 8, 5:30-6:30p.m.
  • Monday, October 14, 5:30-6:30p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 16, 3:00-4:00p.m.

Weren’t able to attend? No problem! View our video version of the info session and review the presentation pdf for additional reference. 

Step 2: Read through this website carefully. Make sure you meet all requirements and are available for all required time commitments.

Step 3: Complete the online application! 

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


About Orientation Leader

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.

Duties
  • 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
Requirements

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
What are previous ols saying?

“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
FAQ

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.

About Summer Start Mentor

A Summer Start Mentor is a caring and responsible student leader who serves as a guide to incoming first-year and transfer students participating in the Summer Start program. Summer Start Mentors work collaboratively with the Summer Start professional staff to help students develop important academic and social skills, participate in new opportunities, and learn about a wide array of campus resources.  They also develop close individual relationships with each of their mentees through weekly one-on-one meetings and participation in program events, such as cookouts, sponsored weekend trips, and study groups.

  Duties
  • Meet with students weekly to support, listen to, and assist with student concerns
  • Establish and maintain open communication with students while maintaining availability and flexibility to address their needs throughout the day and evening, including weekends
  • Connect students with campus resources by sharing personal experiences and providing information about upcoming programs
  • Serve as an academic role model to students while modeling appropriate behavior at all times
  • Implement one to two social programs or event 
  • Attend three cookouts and attendance at up to five campus resource programs 
  • Assist with move-in at the beginning of the summer program
Requirements

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
  • Enroll in at least one academic course, and no more than six credit hours, during Summer Session II at NC State
  • Live in the provided on-campus housing accommodations throughout the summer program
Time Commitment

Individual commitment to all training and employment dates is essential to the success of the Summer Start Mentor 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 Aileen Rodriguez at new-students@ncsu.edu or 919-515-1234. Dates are subject to change with advanced notice.

Fall 2019 Semester

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

Spring 2020 Semester

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

Summer 2019

  • Summer Start Mentor Move In Day: June 10, 2020
  • Summer Start Mentor Training: June 10 – 16, 2020
  • Commitments during the Summer Start Program: June 17 – July 29, 2020 (Average 25 hours per week)
    • Three Cookouts (Friday afternoons)
    • Weekly Staff Meeting
    • Weekly One-on-One Meetings with Mentees (Based on Mentor availability)
    • Weekly One-on-One Meeting with Summer Start Professional Staff (Based on Mentor availability)
    • Implement one to two social programs or event 
    • Attend three cookouts and attendance at up to five campus resource programs 
    • Informal interactions and varied participation in co-curricular programs (Based on Mentor availability)

Fall 2020 

  • Wolfpack Welcome Week (Friday, August 14 – Saturday, August 22): Provide on-site assistance at Convocation, Summer Start Reunion, and one other event (based on Mentor availability).
Compensation and Benefits
  • $1100 gross salary paid throughout the summer employment period (Pay dates will be determined by the University payroll system. All pay is subject to state and federal taxes)
  • On-Campus Housing provided June 10 – July 29, 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
  • Gain both leadership and professional experience including time management, interpersonal communication, cultural competency, program/event planning, and mentoring
  • 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
What are previous Mentors saying?

“I enjoyed my experience as a summer start mentor because it was really fulfilling to watch my mentees grow over the course of five weeks. It made me happy when they were eager to share their success with me, or come to me with questions they had. I would recommend this position to anyone that wants to make an impact on another person’s life and get the chance to come out of their shell!”

  • Anusha Tamhane, Junior in Humanities & Social Sciences and Management

“My favorite part about being a summer start mentor was building relationships with my mentees and helping them succeed in any way I could!”

  • Luke Dillard, Sophomore in Biology

“I love watching students realize their true potential when they come to NC State. Most people don’t realize all they are capable of until they become more independent which typically comes with going to college. Seeing my mentees grow, succeed, and learn has been my favorite part of being a mentor.”

  • Lauren Emer, Junior in Sciences

“My favorite part about being a Summer Start mentor would definitely have to be the weekly cookouts! It was a great way for everyone to relax, to connect with mentees and have fun after the long school week!” 

  • Sunny Rai, Junior in Management
FAQ

Can I take summer classes while I am a Summer Start Mentor?

  • Yes. Summer Start Mentors will be required to enroll in at least one academic course, and no more than six credit hours, during Summer Session II at NC State.  If Mentors choose to enroll in Summer I classes, the class sessions must end by 12:00 pm so as to not conflict with Summer Start training.

Do I have to live on campus while employed as a Summer Start Mentor?

  • Yes. Even if a Mentor has off-campus housing, they must stay in the residence hall room provided to them during Summer Start to promote community and accessibility to Summer Start participants in times of need.

I am a graduate student. Can I be a Summer Start Mentor?

  • No. Only undergraduate students are eligible for the Summer Start Mentor position.

I am a Spring Connect student. Can I be a Summer Start Mentor?

  • 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 a Summer Start Mentor?

  • No. You must be able to enroll in the USC 223 class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm during the Spring 2019 semester.

Can I be employed by another job while I am a Summer Start Mentor?

  • Outside employment is discouraged in order to allow time for informal interactions with participants; however, should a Summer Start Mentor wish to hold outside employment, it must be limited to 10 hours per week and receive written approval by New Student Programs by June 10, 2020. 

I plan to study abroad in the Fall 2019 semester. Can I still be a Summer Start Mentor?

  • 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.

Application and Selection Process

The application and selection process for NSP Summer Leaders is comprised of an online application, individual interviews, and group interviews. The process concludes with final notifications being sent to candidates on Monday, November 18, 2019.

  • All selection activities are combined for both positions. Candidates will not have to complete multiple applications or participate in separate interviews. 
  • Applying to one vs. multiple positions will have no bearing on your status as a candidate.
  • We will primarily communicate with you via your NC State email throughout the process. Make sure to check your email often, especially as your interview dates approach and on notification days (November 1st and November 18th).
  • For tips on interviewing, visit the Career Development Center in Pullen Hall or visit their website.
  • If at any time you need to withdraw yourself as a candidate from the selection process, please contact NSP as soon as possible at 919-515-1234 or new-students@ncsu.edu.
Application
  • Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the positions by reading this website and attending an information session (dates and times above).
  • Step 2: Determine if you are eligible for the position(s) by reading the “Requirements” and “Time Commitment” sections above under each position.
  • Step 3: Complete the online application.
Individual Interviews

Once your application has been submitted, NSP will review it, and you will be notified by email as to whether or not you have been selected for an individual interview. If you have not been selected for an individual interview and wish to receive feedback on your application, please request a meeting with an NSP staff member by calling 919-515-1234.

Interviews will take place October 14-30, 2019.

  • If you have been invited, utilize the link provided by email to schedule an interview. The deadline to schedule an interview is Monday, October 21 at 8:00am.
  • If you apply for both positions, you will only have to participate in one individual interview.
  • Interviews will be held in Talley Student Union. You will be notified of the building and room number prior to your interview.
  • Interviews will last no more than 30 minutes with an NSP professional staff member and a current or former student leader.
  • Candidates are asked to bring an item that represents their time at NC State to the interview. This activity will help us get to know you and learn how you would talk to new students about your experience at State if you were selected.
  • Please arrive early to your interview. If you have an emergency and need to reschedule your interview, please utilize the link provided in your confirmation email or contact NSP at 919-515-1234 if you have any issues.
  • There is not a recommended level of dress for individual interviews.
  • Selected candidates will be invited to a group interview.
  • If you have not been invited to a group interview and wish to receive feedback on your individual interview, please request a meeting with an NSP staff member by calling 919-515-1234.
Group Interviews
  • Invitations to group interviews will be sent out via email on Friday, November 1.
  • If you have been invited to a group interview, utilize the link provided by email to schedule an interview. The deadline to schedule an interview is Wednesday, November 6 at 5:00p.m.
  • If you apply for both positions, you will need to choose which position you would like to pursue. You will only be allowed to attend the group interview for one position.
  • Group interviews for Orientation Leader candidates will take place from 6:30pm-8:00pm on Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12. Candidates will be able to select which date they wish to attend on a first-come first-serve basis. 
  • Group interviews for Summer Start Mentor candidates will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-8:00p.m.
  • Candidates should expect to participate in team activities with other candidates during the group interview.
  • There is not a recommended level of dress for group interviews. You should be comfortable enough to actively participate in group interview activities.
Final Notification
  • Following group interviews, candidates will receive an email on Wednesday, November 18 with our final hiring decision.
  • If you applied for both positions, you would only be offered one position.
  • Students who are selected must pick up their hiring packet at the Meet the Team Meeting on Friday, November 22 at 2:30pm.
  • Candidates who have not been selected for a position and wish to receive feedback on their interviews may request a meeting with an NSP staff member by calling 919-515-1234.
Equal Opportunity

NC State University promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination and harassment based upon one’s age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation and veteran status. (POL 04.25.05 – Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy Statement http://policies.ncsu.edu/policy/pol-04-25-05)

Accommodations

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. If you want to request a reasonable accommodation for the interview process or position, click here to learn more and contact Lori Wilson at new-students@ncsu.edu.

FAQ

How many Orientation Leaders will be hired? Do you re-hire staff from the previous summer?

  • We are unsure of exactly how many Orientation Leaders we will hire for Summer 2020. Last fall we hired 42 new Orientation Leaders.  Previous staff members cannot return as Orientation Leaders, but can apply for our Student Coordinator position.

How many Summer Start Mentors will be hired? Do you re-hire staff from the previous summer?

  • We are unsure of exactly how many Summer Start Mentors we will hire for Summer 2020. Last fall we hired 19 new Mentors.  Previous staff members cannot return as Mentors.

Do I have to attend an information session?

  • Information sessions are not required, but are highly recommended. If your schedule permits, it is best to attend an information session before applying or interviewing for the position. Email new-students@ncsu.edu if you are unable to attend but would like the information. 

I see you have to bring a “personal item” to the individual interview. What kind of item should I bring?

  • It’s up to you! We ask that you bring an item that represents your time at NC State and helps us get to know you more.

What can I expect during the group interview?

  • During the group interview you will be partaking in a series of activities with other candidates. The most important thing is to come ready to be an active participant and to just be yourself!

I need to reschedule my interview. What should I do?

  • Please utilize the link provided to reschedule your interview. If that option isn’t available, call 919-515-1234 and we can assist you.

It’s my first semester at NC State. How do I meet the 2.5 GPA requirement?

  • When leaders are hired in November, it will be on a probationary basis. The office will check your Fall 2019 semester grades in December to ensure that you meet the GPA requirement.  Your GPA will also be reviewed after the Spring 2020 semester.