Student Employment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Orientation staff taking a silly photo

General FAQs

  • Can I apply to more than one position?
  • Absolutely. Many of our previous student leaders have held two positions – an Orientation position and a First Year Experience position.
  • What are the requirements for the position?
  • Please refer to the Job Descriptions for the positions that interest you.
  • Do I need to submit a cover letter and/or resume for any of these positions?
  • No! To apply for any roles, please fill out the application for that position. There may be additional writing prompts for you to complete depending on the position. Please note that if you submit any additional materials, we applaud you for taking an extra step, but they will not be taken into consideration during our hiring process.

Orientation Business Office Positions FAQs

  • What is the difference between a Desk Assistant and a Program Assistant?
  • Desk Assistants work primarily at the hospitality desk over the summer, assisting with participant questions, shuttling services, lost & found, technology and program troubleshooting.
    Program Assistants work primarily with program logistics, assembling program materials, preparing name badges, assisting with check-in/out procedures and administrative tasks.
  • What are the requirements for the position?
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a current and valid California driver’s license. Driving is required for these positions.
    All applicants must be in good academic (min. GPA 2.0) and disciplinary standing with the University, Student Housing, and Student Judicial Affairs. Background checks are also a required part of the hiring process for these positions. If you already have a successfully completed background check on file, then you may not need to complete another.
  • Can I take summer session or have outside commitments?
  • Enrollment in summer session is prohibited due to its conflict with the program. It is expected that other outside commitments will not interfere with meeting the expectations of this position.

  • Is summer housing provided for Business Office student staff?
  • No, Orientation Business Office student staff are not provided with on-campus housing during the summer.
  • What training is provided?
  • Winter Quarter

    Weekly trainings to prepare student staff for working in the Orientation Business Office in addition to office hours held.

    Spring Quarter

    Weekly trainings to prepare student staff for working in the Orientation Business Office in addition to office hours held.

    Summer

    Additional training days before each program (Transfer, First-Year, and International and National Orientation.)

  • Do Business Office student staff have weekends off?
  • The typical work week for the Business Office is Monday-Friday, with some occasional Sunday shifts. Shifts vary per session and hours can range from early morning (6:30 am) to late evening (11 pm). Business Office staff positions are full-time positions that average 35-40 hours per week.

Orientation Leader FAQs

  • What are the requirements for the position?
  • All applicants must be in good academic (min. GPA 2.0) and disciplinary standing with the University, Student Housing, and Student Judicial Affairs. Background checks are also a required part of the hiring process for these positions. If you already have a successfully completed background check on file, then you may not need to complete another.
  • Can I take summer session or have outside commitments?
  • Enrollment in summer session is prohibited due to its conflict with the program. It is expected that other outside commitments will not interfere with meeting the expectations of this position.
  • Is summer housing provided for Orientation Leaders?
  • As a condition of employment for the Orientation Leader position, you will be residing in a Student Housing residence hall during the First-Year Orientation program. It is required that you stay overnight when participants are residing in the halls.
    • What if I need housing before First-Year Orientation?
    • Transitional Housing provides you a room in the Tercero area during Transfer Program Training, Transfer Orientation, and First-Year Program Training.
    • As this housing is at a greatly reduced price, Orientation Leaders who use Transitional Housing work additional shifts during First-Year Orientation sessions (times and requirements are TBD and subject to change.)
    • Who should sign up for Transitional Housing?
    • Orientation Leaders who are currently living in the residence halls or other temporary housing, and those OLs who would have to commute from more than 25 miles away each day during Transfer Orientation session.
  • What training is provided?
  • Training is provided as follows:
    • Spring Quarter
      • Orientation Leader spring training courses on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00-9:50 am in Scrub Oak Auditorium.
      • All trainings including the staff training retreat from Saturday, May 19 to Sunday, May 20.  All training times are subject to change.
      • Independent study time to learn course materials.
    • Summer
      • Additional training days before each program (Transfer, First-Year, and International and National Orientation).
      • Weekly staff meetings on Wednesdays.
  • Do Orientation Leaders have weekends off?
  • The typical work week for an OL is Monday-Friday, with occasional Sunday shifts. Shifts vary per session and hours can range from early morning (6:30 am) to late evening (11 pm). OLs work between 35-40 hours per week.
  • Do I work all the orientation sessions?
  • Orientation Leaders are trained and required to work all Transfer, First-Year, and International and National (unless you are a graduating senior) Orientation sessions.

FYE FAQs

  • Do I have to be an Orientation Leader in order to be a First-Year Experience Peer Advisors?
  • While being an Orientation Leader is not a requirement, it is highly encouraged. Summer Orientation provides an invaluable opportunity to practice the skills needed to be a great peer advisor in the academic year and allows you to begin working with new students before they move to campus.
  • What is the time commitment?
  • To provide continual, consistent advising, you must commit to the position for all three academic quarters (fall-spring). Peer Advisors work an average of 12-15 hours per week.
  • Can I work with a specific population of students?
  • Yes! We have 6 peer advisors, called Living-Learning Community Peer Advisors (LLCPAs) who are embedded with our Living Learning Communities. These peers hold office hours in the community and create academic programs specific to the population. LLCPA positions are available in the following LLCs: African American & African (AAA), Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH), Casa Cuauhtémoc (Casa), Middle East/South Asian (MESA), and Rainbow House.
    See the LLCPA FAQs for more details!
  • Do I need to be available before classes start?
  • Yes, there will be a few training days in mid-September you must be able to attend. We also open our Academic Centers during Fall Welcome Week (the weekend before classes start) and you will need to be able to work.
  • What does training look like?
  • In the spring, you will be required to take EDU 198 (M/W 8-9:50am). This is a four-credit course where you will learn the academic content needed to be a peer advisor. In addition, there will be training days in mid-September you will be required to attend.

LLCPA FAQs

  • Do I need to be available before classes start?
  • Yes, there will be a few training days in mid-September you must be able to attend. We also open our Academic Centers during Fall Welcome Week (the weekend before classes start) and you will need to be able to work.
  • What does training look like?
  • In the spring, you will be required to take EDU 198 (M/W 8-9:50am). This is a four-credit course where you will learn the academic content needed to be a peer advisor. In addition, there will be training days in mid-September you will be required to attend.
  • Do I get to choose the Living Learning Community I will be working with?
  • Yes, on the application, you will let us know which LLCPA position you are applying to. 
    LLCPA positions are available in the following LLCs: African American & African (AAA), Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH), Casa Cuauhtémoc (Casa), Middle East/South Asian (MESA), and Rainbow House.