Student Employment

Staff being funny
The Orientation staff taking a goofy photo

Student Leadership Positions

Remember summer Orientation? Help create a fantastic experience for new Aggies by joining our team!

The Orientation office wants new students to feel welcomed and supported from the moment they arrive on campus for Orientation through their first year. The best advice and guidance often comes from students themselves, and we value selecting a diverse staff to meet the needs of our new incoming students. Be a part of helping new Aggies transition to UC Davis!

If you are interested in the Returning Orientation Leader position, please scroll to the bottom of this page for information about that position.


Step 1. Find the position(s) that interest you!

  • Orientation Leaders (OLs) are student staff members who work during the summer to provide orientation services for all incoming students (both transfer and firstyear) at UC Davis. OLs receive extensive training in academic support and transition, presentation skills, and facilitating diverse groups of students. OLs work with small groups of students each Orientation session. OLs also have the opportunity to work with family members and guests during the program.

Orientation Leader Job Description

Orientation Leader Job Expectations

  • Orientation Program Assistants (PAs) serve as the forefront of customer service with Orientation by providing logistical support to the Orientation program and assisting incoming students and families with general questions, concerns, and program registration via phone and email. PAs also apply skills to multitask, take initiative, and work in a fast-paced office and program environment.

Program Assistant (Driving) Job Description 

Program Assistant (Non-Driving) Job Description

  • The Registration Student Assistant (RSA) will be working with the Business Office component of Orientation to assist in registration management and data. This is an office work environment with the least amount of student facing interaction compared to Orientation Leaders and Program Assistants. See job description for more details of preferred qualifications, requirements, and responsibilities.

Registration Student Assistant (RSA) Job Description

Registration Student Assistant (RSA) Job Expectations

Step 2. Attend an information session to learn more! (optional)

If you want additional information about these positions and the application process, attend an Information Session.  We offer the following sessions:

  • Thursday, December 6th, from 6:10 to 7 PM in Madrone 174, Tercero Residence Area
  • Wednesday, January 9th, from 2:10 to 3 PM in the Student Community Center, Room E
  • Tuesday, January 15th, from 2:10 to 3 PM in the Memorial Union, Garrison Room 2nd Floor


Step 3. Apply!

  1. Read the Job Description(s) for the position(s) you are interested in. 
  2. Complete the Online Application Deadline: January 16th by 11:59 P.M.
  3. Check your UC Davis email every day for updates from us! Be sure to check your spam folders as well.                                                                       

Not sure if you want to apply yet? Place your name on our Interest Form to receive updates & reminders.

If you are a staff and/or faculty member and would like to nominate a student for the Orientation Staff, please submit your nomination here.


Step 4. Encourage your friends to apply!

Work is more fun with friends, and we invite you to spread the word! 


Step 5.  Ace your interview.

Applications will be reviewed and those offered an interview will be emailed to sign up for an interview time slot. (Don’t forget to check that UC Davis email!) Interviews will be held weekdays during the following dates:

  • Orientation Program Assistant (PA) and Registration Student Assistant (RSA): Late January
  • Orientation Leader positions: Late January/Early February


Interview Preparation

If you need additional help with general interview protocols (what to bring, how to dress, steps to prepare), use the available resources at the Internship & Career Center (ICC) to assist you. Some suggestions include:

More information about the interview process will be provided after application submission. 


Contact or 530-752-4443 with any questions you have regarding the application and interview process.



Returning Orientation Leaders

Students interested in returning to our staff as a Returning Orientation Leader (ROL) have a  job description specific to that position. Please view the PDFs below to learn more about the position description and expectations.  Please read in full for the mandatory training dates and program dates for the summer.

All communication regarding the ROL Selection Process has been emailed to previous staff. If you have NOT received any email communication from us, please check your Junk/Spam folders, and also email so we know you are interested in being a part of the process.

Returning Orientation Leader Job Description

Returning Orientation Leader Job Expectations

Steps to Follow:

  1. Complete the Online Application Deadline: January 16th by 11:59 P.M.
  2. Check your UC Davis email every day for updates from us! Be sure to check your spam folders as well.