Leadership Development Opportunities

                                                                                                                                    Leadership is Action

 Academic Departments

Check with your department to find out various opportunites to get involved!





 Alternative Breaks

Ranging from international to local trips, these breaks allows for students to explore while volunteering at a variety of different sites. These trips provide different options for students who wish to find something that will provide a more fulfilling and self-enriching experience during breaks from classes. 





 Alumni Network Contact

 As an Alumni Network Contact, you will be contacting prospective students from your area who have been accepted for the following Fall semester. You will call and personally congratulate these students and volunteer to answer any questions they or their family members may have. Volunteers usually spend just a few hours per month between January and April contacting these students.   




Alumni Sharing Knowledge


This program matches interested students with alumni volunteers for career mentoring while they explore careers, job search, research relocating and more. 



 Building Manager - Campus Life

This position manages the Campus Center, Hewitt Union and Sheldon Hall during evenings and weekends.  Building Managers maintain and develop a thorough knowledge of the operations of Campus Life and three buildings per college policy.   





 Counseling Center Peer Educator

 Receive 3 academic credits (GST 303)
 Gain practical experience valued by graduate schools or employers
 Provide psycho-educational outreach services to Oswego State students
 Receive training by and work with mental health professionals





 First Year Peer Advisor


A Peer Advisor works closely with a First Year Faculty Advisor to provide academic and emotional  support to an assigned group of First Year Students. 





 Future Alumni Network (FANs)

 This is a student organization advised by the Oswego Alumni Association. The goals of this organization are to connect students with alumni, build relationships and assist students in transitioning into alumni. Members of FANs help plan and execute several events on campus including Green and Gold Day, Scholarship Awareness Day, Backpack to Briefcase Conference, Opening Torchlight Ceremony and more.  






 Group Leaders - Catering

After working for Auxiliary Services for a minimum of 150 hours and becoming familiar with the corporation, student employees may apply for the position of group leader.  This position is one of leadership and service.  Group leaders are responsible for helping train, direct and guide other student employees in accomplishing their duties. 



Adopt a grandparent GST 302 - Service Learning Group Leaders


While enrolled in this course, students take on the role of group leader at a service site in the community. They oversee logistics and facilitate reflection activities with other student volunteers at the site. Prerequisites include completing GST 302 for 1 credit and/or participating in Adopt-A-Grandparent or Mentor Oswego for one semester.  Eighty hours of service, journals, reflections papers, and attendance at discussion sessions are required for this 2 credit course. For more information, email to service@oswego.edu, or visit the Compass 145 Campus Center.



 Hall Council

Hall Council is the student-run governing board in each of the residence halls. Hall Council works closely with the Residence Hall Directors and Assistant Hall Directors.





An internship can provide insight into your major, allow you to explore other majors, as well as put you a step above the rest when applying for jobs after graduation. The Office of Experience-Based Education offers a full range of credit-bearing internship positions to SUNY Oswego undergraduate and graduate students.




 Intramural Supervisor - Campus Recreation


The Intramural Supervisor duties include but are not limited to: maintains the safety and welfare of all participants and employees, evaluates and provides supervision of intramural assistants and sports officials, and develops an understanding of player eligibility rules, point systems, sportsmanship policy, and playoff criteria.



Laker leaders Laker Leader-Orientation

Help new students and their families make a positive transition to SUNY Oswego! The position as a Laker Leader will help you improve your self-confidence, communication skills and leadership experience.  As a leader you will also serve as facilitator, tour guide and group leader during all orientation programs, including fall opening.  You will also participate in training, assist in preparing materials prior to each orientation program and reside on campus during summer orientations.  Most importantly, you will become a member of a close-knit, dynamic team.




 Lifestyles Peer Educators

 Peer Educators are trained to facilitate on-campus as well as off-campus workshops and programs that address issues relating to: alcohol and other drugs, general wellness, sexual health and violence prevention.





  Mentors Offering Support to Transfers (MOST)


As a Mentor in the MOST Program, you are responsible for assisting up to 40 new students with their transition into SUNY Oswego. You are encouraged to use email, Facebook, and face-to-face interaction to make connections with all of your mentees and to provide them with the information and support that they need to be successful, productive members of the college community.



Mentor Scholar

    Mentor Scholar     

Mentoring provides an opportunity for SUNY Oswego undergraduates to improve their community and gain skills useful in their future careers. While earning academic credt, mentors develop flexibility, communication skills, and a greater awareness of differences as a result of participating in the program. Mentors work alongside teachers and community members, learning and collaborating with them to make the region a better place.                                                          





The most successful students identify their goals and develop a plan for reaching their goals. The myPlans are an online tool that assist students through the educational planning process and map out the recommended opportunities, resources and experiences that lead to success. Students may sign up for one of the four myPlans: DISCOVER, DEVELOP, DEFINE, or DISTINGUISH and utilize them to set goals, record their progress and take time to reflect on what they have learned along the way.Other leadership positions/opportunities within academic departments: Research, Advisory Committee, Teacher's Assistant




Navigators and PR Interns-Compass

Navigators assist students in the educational planning process, including but not limited to: major exploration, searching for volunteer and internship opportunities, and critiquing resumes and cover letters. Public Relations Interns promote Compass activities, resources, programs and events. 





 New York City Career Connections


In this award-winning program, juniors and seniors are invited to travel to New York City during January break to meet and network with professional alumni working in the NYC area. Participating alumni work in a variety of fields including communication, business, education, marketing, accounting, technology and more! This is an excellent opportunity for students to network with alumni and obtain career advice. 




 Offices of Alumni & Development's Internships


 Business & Marketing---Event Planning---Journalism---Public Relations




 Office of Learning Services (OLS)

Become a tutor at OLS and help others succeed academically!






 Oswego Admissions Representative (OAR)- Office of Admissions

 OAR will function as professionals in support of the college admissions and enrollment efforts.  The primary purpose of this voluntary position is to increase personal contact with prospective students. In addition, the individual will gain valuable communication skills and open the door to potentially becoming a paid office worker in the future. 






Quest is a yearly campus-wide event during which faculty, staff, and students at SUNY Oswego present the results of their research and creative projects. This provides an opportunity to share scholarly and creative efforts and communicate across disciplines.  





 Residence Life Student Staff (RSS)



Resident Assistants, Resident Mentors, Graduate Resident Mentors, and Village Community Assistants are student staff members who live in and lead the residential community on our campus.  The position is multi-faceted and inevitably exerts considerable influence on the lives of our students. 




 Senior Philanthropy Coordinator- The Fund for Oswego


 In collaboration with the Senior Class program, raise support for The Fund for Oswego through the Senior Class Gift campaign - including direct mail, personal solicitations and outreach activities. This is a year-long internship.




Student Association (SA)

Get involved with the board of SA! SA is composed of a Government and over 150 organizations. The Governmental body is composed of 3 branches: The Executive, Judicial, and Legislative. The Executive Branch consists of the President, Vice President, Director of Finance, and a board of other directors. The Legislative Branch consists of the Student Association Senate. The Judicial Branch consists of the Student Association Supreme Court.



 Student Organizations - The Point

There are over 150 registered clubs and organizations to engage in the campus community.  You can choose from academic, media and publications, club sports, religious, cultural, special interest, Greek life, the arts and community service groups.