Upstream Red Team, Join the OTeam!
Thank you for your interest in being part of our Orientation Team! This is a tremendous opportunity for current students to share their experiences, advice, and RUTGERS PRIDE with our incoming students and their families. Applications for summer 2023 have closed, but we are recruiting for our summer 2024 Orientation Team:
Complete this Interest Form and we will send more information to you during the fall semester!!
Hear From Past OTeam Members
Wonder what the summer experience is like? The benefits and skills you will obtain? View the videos below to hear from past Orientation staff!
- NEW Added Info Sessions: Thursday, February 18, 2021
- Application Opens: Thursday, February 18, 2021
- Applications due: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:59pm
- Group Interviews: Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Sunday, March 7, 2021
- Individual Interviews: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – Monday, March 29, 2021
- New Hire Orientation: Saturday, April 24
Attendance at an Information Session is mandatory to receive a link to the application to apply. Information Sessions will be hosted virtually on Zoom. Sessions are one hour in length and you must attend the entire duration of the Session. Use the link below to pre-register for the date you wish to attend; you will be emailed a link that is unique to only you.
NEW Info Sessions:
Thursday, February 18, 2021 4pm EST
Thursday, February 18, 2021 5pm EST
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can apply?
To apply for the orientation leader position you must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a currently enrolled Rutgers undergraduate student with at least one completed semester by January 2021
- Must be a matriculating undergraduate student for the fall semester of 2021
- Attend one mandatory information sessions.(held January 26-30, 2021)
- Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application
- Be in good academic and conduct standing
- Cannot take summer courses or hold other jobs during summer orientation leader employment
- What types of characteristics or abilities are you looking for in the Orientation Leader candidates?
Many people tend to assume that OLs need to be outgoing, high energy and extroverted. However, that is not true. There is no set list of characteristics we look for in an Orientation Leader. Each year we hire a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds who have different personalities, strengths leadership and work experiences. Each individual’s uniqueness is what makes our program so special. However, some of the qualities we look for in our leaders include school spirit, cooperation, management skills, adaptability to change, and work ethic.
- Do I have to be involved on campus in order to become an OL?
Being involved on campus is a great benefit to the applicant but not a requirement. In fact, many previous orientation leaders were never formally involved on campus before being hired to be an orientation leader.
- What are information sessions (info sessions)?
Each info session is typically an hour and will be hosted virtually on Zoom. Orientation staff will walk you through all the important information you should know before applying, such as GPA requirements, what we are looking for in our OLs, summer availability and other important dates, and benefits of being an Orientation Leader. There is certain information many applicants look past, and we want to make sure each applicant is as well-informed as possible on what this job entails.
- Can I take summer classes or have a summer job/internship? What about vacations and time off?
We do not allow orientation staff to take classes of any type during the summer. The time demands of this position are great (and Zoom fatigue is real). From mid-June to mid-August, our orientation staff spends the overwhelming majority of their time working to serve our incoming students and their families. Sessions are hosted Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
Vacations, while not impossible to take, are dictated by the orientation summer schedule. Each year staff receives time off in the month of July as “vacation”. Aside from those set days, staff will not be excused from work for any reasons other than illness.
- During the summer, what's a typical work week like for Orientation Leaders?
Most work weeks will include working Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday. Certain weeks may include Transfer Sessions, which typically are held on Wednesdays. Work weeks can sometimes be in excess of 40 hours. Because of the rigorous schedule, we encourage each staff member to constantly take care of their health and body.
- Can I live off-campus during the summer?
Sessions will be hosted virtually for Summer 2021, OLs will not be required to live on-campus and housing will not be provided.
- I haven't gotten an email yet with a link to the application.
Please make sure you are checking the Scarletmail account you provided at the information session. In addition make sure to add email@example.com to your contacts. Please also check your spam/junk folder to ensure the email with application link was not sent there. If there is still an issue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is the timeline/work dates?
- OLs who are hired will need to attend New Hire Orientation in April 2021
- Training and Orientation Sessions will take place June – August 2021
- What is the application process like?
- Candidates must attend an Info Session to receive a link to the application
- After application review, select candidates are invited to participate in Group Interviews
- The third and final step for candidates who move past Group Interviews are Individual Interviews
"It was the best summer I've ever had. Rutgers is so large that I'd likely never have met half of my coworkers naturally, but I'm happy to say that a lot of them are my friends now! We really bonded and became a family. Plus, making students comfortable in such a scary transition to college, it was so worth it." - SEBS Summer 2022 OTeam
Have a Question...We have the Answers:
- What is it like being a part of the Orientation Team?
Being a part of the OTeam is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience that is likely to make this a summer to remember! Check out the videos above and hear from some of our former OTeam members about their experience!!
- Is this a paid Internship?
Yes! This can be your paid summer internship! Orientation Coordinators and Orientation Leaders are paid summer positions that will develop your skills/abilities for your future career – leadership, communication, teamwork, and more! This opportunity offers fantastic work experience in a healthy environment that will challenge you while being surrounded by supportive supervisors.
- What types of characteristics are you looking for in Orientation Team candidates?
The O-Team is made up of students who are passionate about Rutgers with a desire to make incoming students feel at-home and prepared On The Banks. The students in both positions come from a diverse array of majors, school affiliations, interests, identities and personalities!
People assume that all orientation staff need to be outgoing, high energy and extroverted. However, that is not true. There is no defined list of characteristics we look for when creating our orientation team. Each individual’s uniqueness is what makes our program so special. However, some of the qualities we look for in our leaders include school spirit, cooperation, management skills, adaptability to change, and work ethic.
- Do I have to have a specific major, have previous work experience, or be a part of a lot of organizations on campus?
All majors are welcome! We will be welcoming thousands of students representing every school and major that Rutgers has to offer, and we would love for our staff to reflect that diversity. Even if you have never had a job before, you should still apply for our Orientation Leader role! All staff members will be trained extensively in the necessary areas to provide them with the skills and knowledge to deliver a fantastic orientation experience to all incoming students. It is alright if you are not a part of many clubs and organizations at Rutgers! We love to see our staff members involved and engaged with the Rutgers community, but this may look different from person to person.
- During the spring/summer/fall, what is the time commitment and typical work week like for the Orientation staff?
Orientation Coordinators (OCs) do have spring 2023 commitments starting the week of February 20th, which include weekly office hours and meetings. Orientation Leaders (OLs) have some spring 2023 semester commitments. Both positions assist us with helping to welcome our new students back in the fall during Welcome Week. More specific information can be found in the position descriptions above.
The majority of time commitment is during summer 2023 and includes training and orientation sessions. Summer work weeks will consist of sessions with most weekends off. Training for our OCs starts at the end of May and our Full Team starts at the beginning of June. During NSO summer sessions between mid-June to early-August, the daily work schedule will consist of Monday - Friday with some variation on start and end time depending on the day (e.g. 7am/8am - 6pm/10:30pm). Expect to be working full time with opportunities for OverTime compensation. Breaks during the sessions are included and we do include one short vacation for all staff around the 4th of July. A more detailed schedule of specific dates will be shared during the Spring 2023 interviews
- Can I work another job or take a summer class while working on the Orientation team? What about vacations and time off?
We do not allow orientation staff to take classes of any type during the summer. The time commitment from June to early-August for our orientation staff does not provide the opportunity to take classes during the summer. We do allow staff to have other jobs during the summer as long as the hours do not conflict with your job as an orientation staff member. Your other work opportunity will need to be approved by an orientation professional staff.
Vacations, while not impossible to take, are dictated by the orientation summer schedule. Each year staff receive time off around the 4th of July for a short break. Aside from those set days, staff will not be excused from work for any reasons other than illness/a personal or family emergency.
- Can I be a Resident Assistant or another leadership position on campus and still be a part of the Orientation Team (OLs and OCs)?
Yes. You can apply for other leadership positions and still be part of our orientation team.