International Student and Scholar Services

New Student Orientation Leader Application Process


Position Description

Each year, the International Student & Scholar Services office selects 10-12 outstanding orientation leaders (OLs). These OLs welcome new international students to campus by picking them up from the airport, guiding them through orientation, and serving as a contact after orientation is over. OLs are the face of international student orientation – they represent UMSL, promote intercultural interaction, and help new students adjust to life on campus. OLs share their knowledge about the university and St. Louis – both formally (through short presentations) and informally (through interaction). The OLs serve in a leadership and mentoring role to new students, linking them to resources and activities available on campus and in the community. Finally, the OLs also help in the development of orientation events such as the undergraduate scavenger hunt.

To learn more about New Student Orientation, visit our website:

Or contact: Christina Pope, International Student Orientation Coordinator – or 314-516-6780

Time Commitment 

July 31

1pm-5pm orientation leader training

Aug. 7-11

1 to 4 airport pick-ups total (about 1 - 1.5 hours round trip), anytime between 7am and midnight

Aug. 12

7:30am-6pm orientation; 7pm-9pm Outing to Delmar Loop or Galleria

Aug. 13 & 14

8:30am-5pm orientation

* Working hours August 12-14 may shift slightly, so flexibility is key. You will also spend some time preparing your remarks for orientation and corresponding with the orientation coordinator via email.


OLs receive a $200 stipend for their work. Serving as an orientation leader is also a great personal growth experience and an excellent contribution to your resume/C.V. You will also receive a t-shirt and complimentary lunches during orientation.


Application Process

The application form includes basic personal information and one written response. Then applicants will have a brief interview with an international student advisor. Please contact Christina Pope ( for an application form, or stop by the International Student & Scholar Services office in MSC 261 to pick one up. Applications are due July 25 by 5pm.

July 25

Completed applications due by 5pm to or MSC 261; applicants sign up for 1-on-1 interview

July 26 & 29

Interviews conducted

July 29

Hiring decisions communicated to applicants