Working for New Student Orientation is a rewarding summer experience. Our student team is integral to the success of the programs. They serve as the backbone of the student and guest experience while participating in Orienatation. The students on our team have a myriad of experiences, backgrounds, majors, interests, passions, and hobbies - but they all share one thing in common: they love SUNY Oswego and want to share their excitement for our college with new, incoming students!

We hire student staff members in three positions:

  • Laker Leaders* work directly with new students & parents. They facilitate the small group experience, lead ice breakers, perform in the Life on Campus skits, and more! Those Laker Leaders who work with parents support them in socials, information sessions, Current Student Panels, and other important and family activities. 
  • Program Assistants* support and manage the logistics that create Orientation "magic!" The Program Assistant team (new for 2019) will be responsible for check-in, check-out, shuttles for new students and guests to/from Syracuse, Late Nite setup, and more! This is a great position for anyone interested in event management. 
  • Office Staff play an integral behind-the-scenes role of Orientation; they make up our Customer Service team and help new students complete their requirements necessary before starting college.  

All of our positions are rewarding, valued, and paid experiences. Many of our students find their time in Orientation to be when they grew the most both personally and professionally. 

*You can apply for both the Laker Leader & Program Assistant positions at the same time! Please check the appropriate box on our online application to indicate your interest in applying to one, or both, of the positions. If you have questions, please contact Alyssa Steele at orient@oswego.edu

Apply to be a Laker Leader and/or Program Assistant

Thank you for considering the opportunity to join our team as a Laker Leader or Program Assistant. 

You can learn more about the position here!

To successfully complete and submit your application, please:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Submit your resume and cover letter (upload within the online application.) 
  3. Identify two (2) professional references (at least one (1) must be SUNY Oswego faculty or professional staff) and ask them to complete and submit a Reference Form on your behalf. 
  4. Sign up for an Individual Interview (link to sign up for an interview will be emailed to you following the submission of your online application form.)

All candidates will be invited to participate in an Individual Interview. 

Following the Individual Interview, some candidates are invited to participate in the next round of the application process: the Group Interview. 

Decisions are rendered to candidates several days after the Group Interview. 

If at any time a candidate chooses to withdraw their application, they must email orient@oswego.edu and notify us as soon as possible. If a candidate is unable to attend their scheduled interview, they should contact our office as soon as possible. We can be reached via email at orient@osweg.edu, phone at (315) 312-5522, or in-person at 145 Marano Campus Center. A "no-show" to the Individual Interview or Group Interview may result in disqualification from the application process. 

Apply to be an Office Staff Member

Thank you for considering the opportunity to join our team as a member of our Office Staff. 

You can learn more about the position here!

To successfully complete and submit your application, please:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Submit your resume and cover letter (upload within the online application.) 
  3. Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from a former employers or SUNY Oswego faculty or professional staff person. 
  4. Sign up for an Individual Interview (link to sign up for an interview will be emailed to you following the submission of your online application form.)

All candidates will be invited to participate in an Individual Interview with the Interim Coordinator and Administrative Assistant of New Student Orientation. 

Application Timeline

Our application process begins on the first day of the spring 2020 semester! 

Application Item Date

Laker Leader & Program Assistant Applications Available (Online)
Office Staff Applications Available (Online)

Monday, January 27, 2020
Laker Leader & Program Assistant Applications Due (Online) Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by 4 pm EST
Laker Leader & Program Assistant Interview Days Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Laker Leader & Program Assistant Reference Forms Due Friday, February 21, 2020 by 12 pm EST
Laker Leader & Program Assistant Group Interview Intent Form Due Friday, February 21, 2020 by 11:59 pm EST
Laker Leader & Program Assistant Group Interview Sunday, February 23, 2020 (3 time options)
Laker Leader & Program Assistant Offers Delivered via Email Between February 27, 2020 and March 3, 2020
Office Staff Applications Due (Online) Friday, February 28, 2020 at 4 pm EST
Laker Leader & Program Assistant Position Acceptances Due (In Person)
Office Staff Offers Delivered via Email 
Friday, March 6, 2020 
Office Staff Position Acceptances Due (In Person) Wednesday, March 11, 2020 
Office Staff On-the-Job Training Begins Monday, March 16, 2020 
Instruction for GST 304 (Q4 Course) Begins Monday, March 23, 2020 
Compiling your application documents is an important part of the application process! We have outlined resources and tips for you to create and submit documents you feel proud of!
Writing your Resume & Cover Letter

Our Office of Career Services is equppied to help you present your most professional self. 

Visit their website, where you can access Optimal Resume or learn more about the Resource Center, where you can have your documents critiqued by trained staff.  

Preparing for your Individual Interview

Need some tips on how to interview for the job? Our Office of Career Services has you covered! 

Their website outlines great Interview staretegies for preparation, day-of, answering questions, and even following up. 

All interviewees can expect to be interviewed by two staff members: one (1) professional staff person and one (1) returning New Student Orientation staff member. 

Please plan to arrive to your interview at least five (5) minutes early. There are sometimes delays in our interview processes, so please try to schedule your interview at a time that can accommodate a schedule delay. 

Preparing for the Group Interview

After completing the individual interview, some candidates will be invited to the next round of our interview process: the Group Interview. 

Here are a few tips and reminders for those candidates invited to the Group Interview:

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes early, which will give you time to check in with our team, store your belongings, and be prepared for our welcome address.   
  • Please dress appropriately for the Group Interview. You will be participating in kinesthetic learning activities; denim is an appropriate choice for the group interview experience. 
  • Come with an open mind! You will be paired with people you may not know, and it will be important for you to work collaboratively with one another. 
  • Many of the activities in our Group Interview will demonstrate your abilities as part of a larger team. Some activities may be challenging and others less so. Remember to support your group as you embark on this journey together. 

Our Group Interview is Sunday, February 23, 2020. You will be asked to preference the available time slots: 

  • 8:15 - 10:30 am EST
  • 10:30 am - 12:45 pm EST
  • 1 pm - 3:15 pm EST 

An email will be sent to your SUNY Oswego email address on Saturday, February 22, 2020 with your assigned Group Interview time. 

Check-in is located at The Compass, 145 Marano Campus Center.