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 Orientation. 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 two positions:

  • Laker Leaders work directly with new students & parents. They facilitate the small group experience, lead ice breakers, serve as a resource and point of contact for new students, develop social engagements, share academic information and more! Those Laker Leaders who work with parents support them in socials, information sessions, Current Student Panels, and other important family activities. 
  • 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. 

Apply to be a Laker Leader

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

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. (The Reference Form will automatically emailed to all valid email addresses submitted by the applicant during the application process.)
  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. All Laker Leader candidates must hold Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 8 am - 12:30 pm to participate in the Group Interview process. The Group Interview is required for consideration of employment in the Laker Leader position. The Group Interview is hosted via Zoom.

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. Identify one (1) professional reference (must be a former employers or SUNY Oswego faculty or professional staff person). Our office will send them an email to complete 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 with the Interim Coordinator and Administrative Assistant of New Student Orientation. 

Application Timeline

Our application process begins in the spring 2021 semester. You can view our interactive timeline here.

Application Item Date

New Laker Leader Applications Available

February 11, 2021 at  12 pm EST
Returning Office Staff Applications Available  February 22, 2021 at 8 am EST
New Office Staff Applications Available  Monday, March 1, 2021
New Laker Leader Interviews (Multiple Options Available) March 8 - March 11, 2021 
New Laker Leader Applications Due March 10, 2021 at 8 am EST

New Laker Leader References (2) Due

March 10, 2021 at 12 pm EST

Email Invitation to Candidates Advancing to Group Interview Sent

March 12, 2021 by 12 pm EST
New Office Staff Applications Due March 12, 2021 at 4 pm EST
Laker Leader Group Interview Intent Form Due March 12, 2021 at 9 pm EST
New Laker Leader Group Interview Day March 13, 2021 | 8 am - 12:30 pm EST

New Laker Leader Decisions Rendered (Email)

March 14, 2021 | Early to Late Evening 
New Office Staff Interviews  March 16 - 18, 2021
Signed Contract Due via Email March 17, 2021 by 4 pm EST
Returning Office Staff Decisions Rendered March 19, 2021 by 4 pm EST
First Meeting of GST 304 (Required for all staff) March 23, 2021 | 4:20 pm EST
Office Staff Decisions Rendered March 26, 2021 at 4 pm EST
Office Staff Contracts Due April 2, 2021 at 4 pm EST

Important Trainings & Semester Notes:

  • All Laker Leader staff are required to participate in Quarter 4 (Q4) GST 304 (T/R, 4:20 - 5:50 pm EST)*

  • Summer training will tentatively begin on May 27, 2021

  • At this time, we are expecting a virtual summer orientation program

  • At this time, we expect all staff will be required to live on-campus for the duration of their contract

  • The summer orientation commitment is approximately June 1 - August 18, 2021; the Welcome Week or Fall Opening commitment is approximately from August 19 - September 1, 2021**

  • The entire tentative contract term is from approx. March 13, 2021 to September 15, 2021**

*For all staff who have previously received credit, the class times are paid. Homework is still required and due, and will be submitted via a shared Google folder. 

**Dates are subject to change.

 

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. All interview are hosted via Zoom.

Please plan to login 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 10 - 15 minute 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 login to the Zoom account at least 10 minutes early, which will give you time to check in with our team and be prepared for our welcome address.   
  • Please dress appropriately for the Group Interview. Casual gear is appropriate. (No need to wear a business professional clothing for the Group Interview.)
  • 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 Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 8 am - 12:30 pm EST. Please ensure you 'save the date,' as particpiation in the Group Interview is required for employment. 

An email will be sent to your SUNY Oswego email address on Friday, March 12, 2021, with your invitation to the Group Interview, in addition to the access link.