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How to Become an Orientation Leader

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The goal of orientation is to welcome new students and families to our campus community and to start them along a path to a successful educational experience.  We look for an orientation team that represents all that URI is — a diverse and enthusiastic community of learners.

What we look for in an Orientation Leader:

  • Successful academic performance (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5) (Note: first-year students and new transfer students are on conditional status until fall grades are posted.)
  • A dedication to creating an inclusive environment for staff, faculty, students and family participants
  • Desire to learn more about yourself and your ability to communicate and lead others
  • Willingness to be a team player
  • Flexibility
  • Positive attitude and a strong work ethic
  • Great sense of school spirit

Role of an Orientation Leader

  • Serve as an ambassador to incoming students & families
  • Facilitate workshops & information sessions relating to academics, social environment, and URI culture
  • Assist with all aspects of the summer program including, but not limited to, check-in and check-out, student course scheduling, workshop presentations, and a theatrical production
  • Work cooperatively with all University personnel and orientation staff
  • Participate in all orientation sessions and training
  • Live in an assigned residence hall for summer training and duration of the June program
  • Adhere to all University and orientation policies and procedures
  • Participate in 3 Spring Welcome Days for the Class of 2022, and the Fall & Spring Orientation Advising Days

Required Qualifications:

  • Good academic standing: a current minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (minimum GPA maintained for entire length of the position)
  • Good disciplinary standing
  • Should be available to begin working on a part-time basis in Spring 2018; work full-time in May and June
  • Strong interpersonal skills, effective time management, multicultural competence, self-motivation and a strong work ethic
  • A dedication to creating an inclusive working environment for orientation staff, faculty, families and student participants
  • Availability for all summer orientation dates – see below.

Orientation Dates for Summer 2018:

  • Session 1: June 4-5 (Mon. & Tues.)
  • Session 2: June 7-8 (Thurs. & Fri.)
  • Session 3: June 11-12 (Mon. & Tues.)
  • Session 4: June 14-15 (Thurs. & Fri.)
  • Session 5: June 18-19 (Mon. & Tues.)
  • Session 6: June 21-22 (Thurs. & Fri.)
  • Session 7: June 25-26 (Mon. & Tues.)
  • Session 8: June 28-29 (Thurs. & Fri.)
  • Transfer Orientation: Wed., June 20


  • Earn $2000, plus room and board for the summer training and June sessions
  • Gain extensive knowledge and understanding of URI
  • Gain valuable professional skills and knowledge in leadership, personal awareness, group facilitation, public speaking and relationship building
  • Make lasting friendships and memories

Application Process

  1. Fill out the application form via Google: Link to Orientation Leader Application  (please do not forget to fill out Doodle that can be found at the bottom of the application)
  2. Group process will be held on the weekends of October 27th & October 28th and November 3rd & November 4th. You will need to only select one weekend
  3. Successful applicants from the group process will be invited to second round interviews

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