Student Employment

The Orientation staff taking a goofy photo

Student Leadership Positions

Remember summer Orientation and your First-Year Experience?

Help create a fantastic experience for new Aggies. How? Apply for one or more of the paid student leadership positions described below.

The offices of Orientation and First-Year Experience want 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!


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


  • Business Office Program Assistants (PAs) and Desk Assistants (DAs) 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 and DAs also apply skills to multi‐task, take initiative, and work in a fast-paced office and program environment.

    Program Assistant Job Description

    Desk Assistant Job Description 
  • Orientation Leaders (OLs) are student staff members who work during the summer to provide orientation and advising services for all incoming students (both transfer and first‐year) at UC Davis. OLs receive extensive training in academic advising, 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

First-Year Experience

  • First‐Year Experience (FYE) Peer Advisors provide academic-based advising, facilitate evening academic programs, and maintain the daily operations of the Academic Advising Centers to support students’ academic first year success and development.

    First-Year Experience Peer Advisor Job Description
  • Living-Learning Community Peer Advisors (LLCPAs) provide academic-based advising, programming, support, community building, and mentorship for new students living in the assigned Living Learning Community (LLC). LLCs with LLCPA support are:
    • African American and/African
    • Asian Pacific American Theme House
    • Casa Cuauhtémoc (two LLCPAs)
    • Middle East/South Asian
    • Rainbow House communities

                  LLCPA Job Description


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

Information sessions offer an overview of the Orientation and First-Year Experience positions. Come learn more about these positions and the application process!

  • Tuesday, November 14, from 1:10 to 2 PM in Regan Main, Segundo Residence Area
  • Wednesday, November 29, from 6:10 to 7 PM in Wall Main, Tercero Residence Area
  • Thursday, December 7, from 6:10 to 7 PM in Regan Main, Segundo Residence Area
  • Wednesday, January 10, from 1:10 to 2 PM in Wall Main, Tercero Residence Area


Step 3. Apply!

  1. Read the Job Description of the position(s) you are interested in.
  2. Complete the Online Application of the position(s) you are interested in .

    Some applications require you to submit short written responses to prompts. Please read our "Tips for Essay Writing" for some helpful pointers!

    If you experience any issues with accessing our applications, please try to use different Internet browsers. If issues persist, please contact us.
  3. Check your UC Davis email every day for updates from us!
    Please check your Spam and Junk folders as well - we have been notified that some of our communications have been ending up there!

The Facebook banner for the recruitment event

Step 4. Encourage your friends to apply!

Work is more fun with friends, and we invite you to spread the word! RSVP to our Facebook event and invite your friends to get updates and reminders.




Step 5. Prepare for 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 Business Office positions (PA/DA): Week of January 22-26
  • Orientation Leader positions: First two weeks of February
  • First-Year Experience Peer Advisor and Living Learning Community Peer Advisor positions: First two weeks of 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: