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 2018 Orientation Leader and Summer Start Mentor positions closed on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. If you are interested in applying for Summer 2019, fill out this interest form.

Interested in learning more or pursuing these positions? Follow these steps:

Step 1: Attend an information session

  • Thursday, September 21, 5:30-6:30pm, Talley Student Union 4280
  • Wednesday, September 27, 12-1pm, Talley Student Union 4280
  • Monday, October 2, 5:30-6:30pm, Talley Student Union 3285
  • Tuesday, October 10, 5:30-6:30pm, Talley Student Union 3285
  • Friday, October 13, 3:00-4:00pm, Talley Student Union 4280 (*This session is intended for students who are not able to attend a session before the October 11th application deadline. You MUST have applied for the position to attend this session!)

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

Step 3: Decide if you want to apply for Orientation Leader, Summer Start Mentor, or both!

Step 4: Complete the online application! The deadline is Wednesday, October 11 at 11:59pm. (NOW CLOSED)

Questions? Email New Student Programs at orientation@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 Twitter account
Requirements

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 orientation@ncsu.edu or 919-515-1234. Dates are subject to change.

Fall 2017 Semester

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

Spring 2018 Semester

  • USC 223 Orientation Leader Development: 2-credit hour course, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm
  • NSP Leadership On-Campus Retreat: Saturday, January 20, 2018 (8:00am – 8:00pm)
  • SROW Preparation Days
    • Saturday February 10, 2018 (1:00pm – 6:00pm)
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018 (1:00pm – 6:00pm)
  • 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
What are previous ol’s saying?

“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
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 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.

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 weekly 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
  • Plan and facilitate one (1) social or professional program or event under the direction of program staff
  • Attend weekly cookouts and at least two (2) campus resource programs during the summer employment period
  • 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)
  • 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 Quentin Hodges at orientation@ncsu.edu or 919-515-1234. Dates are subject to change with advanced notice.

Fall 2017 Semester

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

Spring 2018 Semester

  • USC 223 Student Leader Development: 2-credit hour course, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm
  • NSP Leadership On-Campus Retreat: Saturday, January 20, 2018 (8:00am – 8:00pm)
  • Summer Start Mentor Team Building Retreat: Begins at 8:00am on Saturday, March 24, 2018 until 2:00pm on Sunday, March 25, 2018 (*Note: this is an updated time)

Summer 2018

  • Summer Start Mentor Move In Day: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Summer Start Mentor Training: Wednesday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (Full-time)
  • Commitments during the Summer Start Program: June 20 – August 1, 2018 (Average 25 hours per week)
    • Weekly Cookouts (Friday afternoons)
    • Weekly Staff Meeting
    • Weekly One-on-One Meetings with Mentees (Based on Mentor availability)
    • Weekly One-on-One Meeting with Lead Mentor (Based on Mentor availability)
    • Planning and implementation of one (1) social or professional program or event
    • Attendance at two (2) campus resource programs
    • Informal interactions and varied participation in co-curricular programs (Based on Mentor availability)

Fall 2018

  • Wolfpack Welcome Week (Friday, August 17 – Saturday, August 25): Provide on-site assistance at Convocation, Chancellor’s New Student Cookout, Summer Start Reunion, and one other event (based on Mentor availability).
Compensation and Benefits
  • $850 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 13 – August 1, 2018
  • $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, Sophomore in Humanities & Social Sciences and Management

“My favorite part about being a mentor was definitely getting to know my mentees really well. I was able to sit down with them during our one-on-one meetings and talk about life and offer my advice to help them succeed.”

  • Carl Klier, Sophomore in Engineering

“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, Sophomore in Sciences

“My favorite part about being a mentor is building relationships with not only the mentees in my group, but all the students in the program. It’s nice being a resource for those in need and being someone that people feel they can open up to.”

  • Precious Rogers, Sophomore in Management

“As a mentor you get to welcome new students into the Wolfpack. You have a one-on-one experience with new students and build lasting bonds, while also being a major support resource during their transition to NC State.  This is one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had.”

  • Sam Blue, Senior in Education
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 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 2018 semester.

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

  • Yes, but only for a maximum of 10 hours per week during the summer employment period.

I plan to study abroad in the Fall 2018 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 Thursday, November 16, 2017. 

  • 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 (October 26th and November 16th).
  • For tips on interviewing, visit the Career Development Center in Pullen Hall or visit their website.
  • Business casual attire is recommended for individual and group interviews. Learn more on the Career Development Center’s 2017-2018 Career Guide (page 42)
  • 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 orientation@ncsu.edu.
Application
  • Step 1: Familiar 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: Decide if you want to apply for Orientation Leader, Summer Start Mentor, or both. Only apply for positions which you are genuinely interested in pursuing. Applying to one vs. multiple positions will have no bearing on your status as a candidate.
  • Step 4: Complete the online application by Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:59pm. (NOW CLOSED)

References: NSP will send an optional reference form to the listed references on your application.  Completed reference forms will be considered during the selection process.

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 16-25, 2017.

  • If you have been invited, promptly call NSP at 919-515-1234 (open weekdays 8am-5pm) to schedule your individual interview time. The deadline to schedule an interview is Monday, October 16 at 5:00pm.
  • 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 room number prior to your interview.
  • Interviews will last no more than 30 minutes with an NSP professional staff member and a Student Coordinator or Lead Mentor.
  • 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 contact NSP as soon as possible at 919-515-1234.
  • Business casual attire is recommended for individual interviews. Learn more on the Career Development Center’s 2017-2018 Career Guide (pg. 42)
  • 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 Thursday, October 26.
  • If you have been invited, promptly call NSP at 919-515-1234 (open weekdays 8am-5pm) to schedule your group interview time. The deadline to schedule an interview is Wednesday, November 1 at 12:00pm.
  • If you apply for both positions, you will only have to participate in one group interview. At the end of your group interview you will rank which position(s) you prefer.
  • Group interviews will take place Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8:00pm and Friday, November 10, 3:30-5:00pm. Invited candidates will choose one of the two group interviews to attend.
  • Candidates should expect to participate in team activities with other candidates during the group interview.
  • Business casual attire is expected, but candidates should be dressed comfortably enough to move around. Learn more on the Career Development Center’s 2017-2018 Career Guide (page 42)
Final Notification
  • Following group interviews, candidates will receive an email on Thursday, November 16 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 “Meet the OLs” Or “Meet the Mentors” on Friday, November 17 at 3:00pm.
  • Candidates who have not been selected to 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 orientation@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 2018. 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 2018. Last fall we hired 24 new Mentors.  Previous staff members cannot return as Mentors, but can apply for our Lead Mentor position.

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.

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 call 919-515-1234 in a timely manner and we will try our best to accommodate any rescheduling needs.

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 2017 semester grades in December to ensure that you meet the GPA requirement.  Your GPA will also be reviewed after the Spring 2018 semester.