Apply to be an Orientation Leader

Thank you for your interest in the Orientation Leader position for Summer 2020! We invite you to learn more about the role below as you consider applying for the job.

Orientation Leader Application Info



Application and recommendations
January 29


To apply for the Orientation Leader position:

  1. You must currently be a sophomore or junior at Boston College 
    (NOTE: First-year students are not eligible to apply.)

  2. You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.

  3. You must be able to participate in the Orientation Leader retreat & training, and all 7 Orientation sessions:
    • Orientation Leader Retreat: May 19-21 (Tuesday - Thursday)
    • Orientation Leader Training: May 26-29 (Tuesday - Friday) and June 1-4 (Monday - Thursday)
    • Session 7 Training: August 21 (Friday)
    • Orientation 2020 sessions (Sundays-Tuesdays)

5 Things You Should Know

Role Requirements

Orientation leaders are required to:

  1. Participate in retreat, trainings, and all seven Orientation sessions listed to the right.

  2. Reside in provided on-campus housing during training dates and Orientation sessions.

  3. Prepare for the arrival of and serve as an Orientation Leader to groups of first-year students, transfer students and their parents/guardians. This includes facilitating small-group meetings, speaking on student panels, facilitating discussion sessions about diversity and decision-making, attending scheduled activities with students, answering questions about the resources and services of Boston College, and understanding the policies and requirements of MCAS, CSOM, CSON, and LSOE with special emphasis on your particular college

  4. Assist staff and faculty advisors in providing an efficient, personalized method of course selection, registration, and academic advising for first-year and transfer students.

  5. Memorize, prepare, rehearse, and perform scenes during the orientation sessions.

  6. Be an available resource for FYE sponsored events throughout the year, including Academic Convocation (unless you will be studying abroad in the Fall of 2020).

Orientation Sessions

Orientation 2020 Session Dates

  • Session 1: June 7-9
  • Session 2: June 14-16
  • Session 3: June 21-23
  • Session 4: June 28-30
  • Session 5: July 12-14
  • Session 6: July 19-21
  • Session 7: August 23-25




Being an OL is a big job, but it comes with many benefits:

It's paid!

Orientation Leaders earn a stipend that is paid in weekly installments from the start of training through session 6, with an additional payment for session 7.

Complimentary housing with kitchens is provided.

In addition to paid compensation, Orientation Leaders receive complimentary on-campus housing over the summer. Residence halls are suite-style and have kitchens, allowing Orientation Leaders to grocery shop and cook meals when they are not working. Housing is provided from the time Orientation Leaders are expected to move out of spring semester housing through the Thursday after Session 6 (July 23, 2020). Additionally, Orientation Leaders are able to move in early to their fall 2020 housing, when they return on August 21, for session 7 training.

Many meals are included.

Meals are provided during the retreat, training days, and each three-day Orientation session.

It’s a huge leadership development opportunity.

During the retreat, training, and Orientation sessions, Orientation Leaders will have the opportunity to grow their leadership, communication, and facilitation skills through formal trainings and on-the-job practice, seven times over!

You are often free during the week.

Orientation Leaders in the past have been able to hold part-time jobs in the summer, in addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of the position. However, the expectation is that these outside commitments will not interfere with any of the obligations listed above. This expectation holds true for summer school classes as well.


The application process for being an OL is robust. Here are some tips for keeping ahead of the process!

  1. Make a plan. Take a look at the OL application form, consider who you want to ask for recommendation letters, and reflect on the two brief essay questions.

  2. Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for your recommendations. Your recommendations are due by midnight on January 29th. Be sure to give your recommenders plenty of lead time to submit their recommendation forms.

    Both recommenders must be adults who work at BC or with BC students.

    At least one recommendation must be completed by someone who can speak to your academic record and classroom performance (i.e.: professor, advisor, etc).

    Fellow undergraduate students or TAs cannot serve as recommenders.

    Note that you will need to send your two recommenders your Eagle ID number to complete the form.

  3. Be informed! Attend the OL information session on Wednesday, January 15th at 7 p.m. in Devlin 110 to learn about the position and ask the FYE Staff any questions you have. Be sure you watch the 5 Things You Should Know Before Applying to Be an Orientation Leader video.
    Note: You must watch the video prior to applying, however attending the information session is not required in order to apply.

  4. Fill out and submit the OL application form early. Your application, as well as your two letters of recommendation are due by midnight on Wednesday, January 29th, but we recommend that you don’t wait until the last minute to submit. Be sure to save your responses in a document in addition to uploading them to the online portal.

  5. Don’t be shy with your questions. Feel free to email us at with any questions you may have.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

  • Application due: January 29 at midnight
  • Recommendations due: January 29 at midnight
  • Group process interviews: February  4-7, & 10
  • First decisions emailed: by February 10
  • Individual interviews: February 12-28
  • Final decisions emailed: by March 10
  • Mandatory staff meeting: May 1


Application Steps:

  1. Watch Five Things You Should Know Before Applying to Be an Orientation Leader 2020.

  2. Open the Orientation Leader Application page.

  3. Select "Apply to be an Orientation Leader".

  4. Enter your BC credentials (username and password that you use for Agora) and select Sign In to proceed.

  5. Enter your responses.

  6. Select the Next button to review your responses.

  7. Select the Next button again to submit your application.


OL Recommendations Form

Meet past Orientation Leaders, from 1995 to last summer!