Apply to be a part of the 2020-2021 Orientation Team!
Orientation Leaders serve as a College liaison to all new students and families and have the responsibility of representing the College to them during an intensive, week Orientation session held prior to the start of classes.
Important Dates & Deadlines
- January 18, 2019 - Application Available
- February 6, 2019 - OL Information Session
- February 10, 2019 at 11:59pm - Application Due
- February 16, 2019 - Group Process & Interviews
- February 17, 2019 - Group Process & Interviews if inclement weather on February 16, 2018.
- March 13, 2019 - OLs Notifications via Email
Orientation Leaders must meet the following terms:
- Must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- Be enrolled as full-time student.
- Be available to attend all scheduled trainings and departmental meetings.
- Be in good academic and judicial standing with Mount Holyoke College
You will receive more information about Group Process Day and how you should prepare after you have turned in your application. Attending Group Process Day is MANDATORY for all applicants and you should plan accordingly. As a reminder, the date for Group Process is Saturday, February 22, 2020. Should we experience inclement weather on February 22, 2020 Group Process will be held on Sunday February 23, 2020. If you cannot attend Group Process on Saturday, February 22, 2020 please contact Ivonne Ramirez-DeBlois at or Nashalie Vazquez by February 17, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
What exactly does a Orientation Leader do?
Orientation Leaders (OLs) assist incoming first year students, transfer students, and their families in their transition to the Mount Holyoke College. OLs work closely with first-year students, transfer students, Frances Perkins scholars and their families communicating a wide variety of topics including academics, student involvement, housing options, and more. As an OL you will be assigned a group of students who you will help guide throughout the Orientation program. You learn more about the responsibilities of this position by reading the job description.
What's a typical day like for Orientation Leaders?
The typical schedule for an Orientation Leader is approximately 35–40 hours during Orientation. Orientation Leader hours vary from about 7am to 9pm depending on the program being presented. Orientation Leaders are provided with some meals during the hours while they are working with the Office of Student Programs.
How many OLs are selected?
We are looking to select up to 20 students.
Do OLs come back early?
OLs are expected to arrive on campus by Sunday, August 23, 2020.
What training is provided to OLs?
OLs are provided with approximately two weeks training and preparation time. For the 2019-2020 academic year, OL training will occur from tentatively from August 24-20, 2020. OL training occurs every day for the entirety of the day within this period. This mandatory training period will include training on topics including but not limited to position basics,working with new students, and working as a team.
What are you looking for in OL candidates?
There is no single set of characteristics or attributes that make up an ideal Orientation Leader. Instead it is important to note that our campus is home to a very diverse student and staff population and our goal is to have our Orientation Leader staff represent that same diversity. Given the nature of the Orientation Leader position, it is also a priority for us to select students who are committed to supporting all entering students and their families, and who can effectively and sincerely share relevant MHC resources with new students.
Do OLs work during the academic year?
Though the majority of the work done by Orientation Leaders occurs during the week before classes begin in the fall and spring (Fall and Spring Orientation), leaders are invited to provide input and feedback for planning for the consecutive Orientation program.
Who can serve as my reference?
One reference should be completed by a professional staff member at Mount Holyoke College, this can be either a faculty or staff. The second one can be completed by a person of your choice. This can be a student who served previously as an Orientation Fellow or Orientation Leader. You are strongly encouraged not to ask friends or family members to complete your reference.
I am going abroad, can I still apply?
If you are planning to go abroad in the Fall, your program must start AFTER orientation is complete. If you are planning to study abroad in the Spring, you may still apply, just be sure to indicate your study abroad plans on your application.