Thank you for your interest in being on the Orientation Team during summer 2022! We are looking for dedicated, collaborative, engaged servant-leaders to serve our incoming students and their families in person! We are accepting applications for the roles of Orientation Leader, Orientation Social Media Manager, and Orientation Videographer. We invite you to learn more about the functions and requirements for each of these Orientation Team roles. 

Orientation Team Information Session
Tuesday, January 18 | 6:00 p.m. EST | Devlin 110
Come learn more about the Orientation Team commitment, roles, application and benefits.

Orientation Team Application Info 2022

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Deadlines

Full Application
February 1st by 11:55 p.m.
First Round Decisions:
February 11th
Individual Interviews:
February 14th - February 25th
Final Decisions:
March 4th
Mandatory Meeting & Headshots:
May 9th (Study Day)

Orientation Leader

The Office of First Year Experience is looking for approximately 35 Orientation Leaders to prepare for the arrival of and serve as guides to incoming first-year students, transfer students and their parents/guardians. This is an in-person position and living in campus housing is a requirement of the role.

Orientation Leaders will:

  • Attend all of the non-negotiable and mandatory Orientation Team commitments listed in the “Required Dates” tab, including the Orientation Team retreat, trainings, development sessions, and the 7 three-day Orientation sessions.
  • Serve as an well-balanced ambassador of the University, demonstrated through representation of the institution’s mission, familiarization with resources, and a willingness to share parts of their own BC journey.
  • Communicate with parents and students about the transition to Boston College through mediums such as videos, panels, social media, group and individual conversations.
  • Facilitate small group discussions with incoming students around themes related to the transition to college and answering questions about the resources and opportunities at Boston College.
  • Support the academic advising and registration process by being knowledgeable about the policies and requirements of MCAS, CSOM, CSON, and LSEHD with special emphasis on the Orientation Leader’s particular college.
  • Support multiple dimensions of logistics for a complex program - from event check-in to crowd management to seating.
  • Be an available resource for Academic Convocation on September 8, 2022 (unless you will be studying abroad in the fall of 2022).

To apply for the Orientation Leader position, you must:

  • Be a current sophomore or junior at Boston College. First-year students are not eligible to apply.
  • Be able to attend all of the non-negotiable and mandatory Orientation Team commitments listed in the “Required Dates” tab.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.

Orientation Social Media Manager

The Office of First Year Experience is looking for a knowledgeable and talented undergraduate student to serve as Orientation Social Media Manager for the summer of 2022. This position will work alongside the staff of the Office of First Year Experience and Orientation Coordinators to develop and share content for the FYE social media channels that is engaging to incoming first-year students and their families.

The Orientation Social Media Manager will:

  • Participate as a member of the Orientation Team with special responsibility for planning, curating, posting and managing the FYE social media channels. 
  • Refine the FYE social media strategy and develop approaches for garnering new followers and engaging social media audience.
  • Plan and manage the FYE social media calendar in order to provide appropriately segmented resources for first-year students and their parents/guardians. 
  • Provide community management support by communicating with followers and addressing questions in the inbox in a timely and professional manner.
  • Create, edit and post high-quality assets that thoughtfully and creatively engage the FYE followers.
  • Perform other functions in support of the Orientation program such as speaking on a panel, and other duties as assigned.
  • Attend all of the non-negotiable and mandatory Orientation Team commitments listed in the “Required Dates” tab. 

To apply for the Orientation Social Media Manager position:

  • You must be able to attend all of the non-negotiable and mandatory Orientation Team commitments listed in the “Required Dates” tab.
  • You must currently be an undergraduate student at Boston College.
  • You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
  • You must have a demonstrated interest in social media and a desire to serve incoming students and their parents/guardians.
  • Spring Planning: Given the planning required for Orientation Social Media, in coordination with other members of the Orientation Team, the Orientation Social Media Manager will need to make themselves available for two spring brainstorming and planning meetings. Additionally, the Social Media Manager will be required to be available to work on social media planning, posting and community management during the months of April and May. This spring social media work will be compensated on an hourly basis. 

Orientation Videographer

The Office of First Year Experience is looking for an innovative undergraduate student to serve as Orientation Videographer for the summer of 2022. This position will work alongside the staff of the Office of First Year Experience, the Social Media Manager and the Orientation Leaders to produce videos and photos that support the Orientation program.

The Orientation Videographer will:

  • Participate as a member of the Orientation Team staff with special responsibility for brainstorming, storyboarding, organizing, collecting and editing high-quality videos that support the Orientation program throughout the summer. Content may include: 

    • A video to introduce the Orientation Team to the incoming class 

    • A recap video of each Orientation Session to be shown at the conclusion of each session.

    • A video to support Transfer Orientation.

    • Other videos on an as needed basis.

  • Capturing, editing and organizing video footage during each Orientation session.
  • Capturing, editing and organizing photos for FYE use such as headshot photographs and short introductory videos of the Orientation Team for publication on the FYE website.
  • Perform other functions in support of the Orientation program such as speaking on a panel, and other duties as assigned.
  • Attend all of the non-negotiable and mandatory Orientation Team commitments listed in the “Required Dates” tab. 

To apply for the Orientation Videographer position:

  • You must be able to attend all of the non-negotiable and mandatory Orientation Team commitments listed in the “Required Dates” tab
  • You must currently be an undergraduate student at Boston College
  • You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University
  • You must have a demonstrated interest in videography and a desire to serve incoming students and their parents/guardians 

Spring Planning: Given the planning required for Orientation Videography in coordination with other members of the Orientation Team, the Orientation Videographer will need to make themselves available for two spring brainstorming and planning meetings. Additionally, in preparation for the summer, some photography and videography may need to occur prior to the summer.

Required Dates

If you are unable to attend any of the meetings below, unfortunately, you cannot apply to be on the Orientation Team as all the meetings below are mandatory. 

Non-negotiable program dates & times:

Orientation Retreat & Training

  • May 24 - 26 (Retreat)
  • May 31 - June 3 (Training)
  • June 6 - 10 (Training)
  • August 19 (Session 7 Training)

7 Orientation Sessions (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)

  • June 12 - 14 (Session 1)
  • June 19 - 21 (Session 2)
  • June 26 - 28 (Session 3)
  • July 10 - 12 (Session 4)
  • July 17 - 19 (Session 5)
  • July 24 - 26 (Session 6)
  • Aug 21 - 23 (Session 7)

Orientation Team Development Sessions (Wednesday evenings)

  • June 15 - 6 - 8 PM
  • June 22 - 6 - 8 PM
  • July 13 - 6 - 8 PM
  • July 20 - 6 - 8 PM

Compensation & Benefits

  • Summer Housing: On-campus individual summer housing will be provided to members of the Orientation Team from the end of finals through Orientation session 6 (Wednesday, July 27, 2022). No housing is provided, for the three week period between July 27 - August 17. Orientation Team members must move into Boston College fall on-campus or off-campus housing on August 18, 2022 in order to be present for Session 7 responsibilities.

  • Food: During the retreat, training, development sessions, and Orientation sessions, meals will be provided.

  • Compensation: A stipend of $3,000 (pre-tax) will be paid in weekly installments throughout the summer.  

  • Intensive Leadership Development: One of the core elements of the Orientation Team experience is to access opportunities to reflect individually and with peers, learn from Boston College administrators, participate in team building activities, and receive coaching. Through a retreat, training, and development sessions in tandem with the execution of their role responsibilities, members of the Orientation Team will grow in their leadership competencies. 

  • Flexibility: Orientation Team members can hold part-time jobs, internships or attend summer school classes provided that these additional responsibilities do not interfere with any of the required dates. Please be aware there are limits to the number of hours per week that students can work a secondary summer position through Boston College. Further details will be provided to Orientation Team members, once hired.

Application Steps

  • Ensure that you are available for all the non-negotiable program dates listed in “Required Dates.” 

  • Carefully read through the role job descriptions, Required Dates, Application Requirements, Application Timeline and Tips sections. 

  • Make requests for two recommenders to fill out the recommendation form on your behalf. 

    • Recommendation #1 - BC Academic: This must be someone who can speak to your academic record and classroom performance (ie. professor, advisor). This recommendation may NOT come from an undergraduate TA. 

    • Recommendation #2 - BC Character: This must be a BC administrator, a BC faculty member, or a professional who works with BC students (ie. Pulse placement supervisor).

NOTE: You will receive an automated email when your recommendations have been received.

  • Open the Orientation Leader Application.

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

  • Read the instruction page and select “Apply”

  • Complete the general portion of the application, including the two essay questions.

  • If you are applying for the Social Media Manager or Videographer roles, also fill out the application supplement(s) for the role(s) for which you are applying. 

  • Review your application and hit “Submit.” 

Tips

The application process for serving on the Orientation Team is robust. Here are some tips for managing the process:

  • Quadruple check all dates. Those who serve on the Orientation Team are required to attend every commitment listed without exception. All of the Orientation Team dates listed in the “Required Dates” tab are non-negotiable and mandatory. Before you submit your application, be sure you have no conflicts and can fully commit to the Orientation Team requirements.  

  • Make a plan. Be sure to review the Orientation Team application due dates and requirements. Consider who you want to ask to fill out your recommendations, and map out how you plan to approach fulfilling all the elements of the application.

  • Don’t wait until the last minute… either to start working on your application materials or to ask your recommenders for their recommendations. Your application materials, including your recommendations, are due by 11:59 on February 1, but we encourage you to submit your materials early!

  • Be attentive to your recommendations. Be sure to pay careful attention to the recommendation requirements. You will need to send your two recommenders your Eagle ID number to complete the recommendation form on your behalf, and you will receive an automated email when we have received your recommendations. Don’t forget to send your recommenders your Eagle ID number! 

Be informed & ask questions!  We encourage you to attend the optional information session on Tuesday, January 18 @ 6PM. And, don’t hesitate to email us at bcfye@bc.edu with any questions you may have.

Past Orientation Teams

Meet past Orientation Team members, from 1995 to last summer!