Student Jobs

The Office of New Student Programs is a small office that runs big programs with the help of talented University of Michigan students.

ONSP has many different types of positions, both paid and volunteer. Application timeline, hiring process, and compensation vary for each position. Use the links at left to learn more about our positions.  All positions are open to undergraduate students, except for the postings listed under “Graduate Student Opportunities.”  

Or, give us a call and talk to our front desk staff at (734) 764-6413. They will be more than happy to tell you about the ways to join our team! 

Summer Orientation Leaders

The Office of New Student Programs employs enthusiastic and resourceful students as orientation leaders to assist with summer new student and parent orientation. The orientation leader staff will be representative of our diverse undergraduate population. When selecting candidates, we will be looking for a balance of academic year, areas of study, and cultural diversity.


Click here to learn more about the Summer Orientation Leader Positions.

International & Fall Orientation Leaders

Each year, the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP) coordinates two orientation programs for students who were unable to attend orientation programs earlier in the summer: International Orientation (August 26 – 30, 2019) and Fall Orientation (August 28 – August 30). ONSP also coordinates the Welcome to Michigan program (August 30 - September 2).

ONSP is seeking enthusiastic and helpful students to serve as Orientation Leaders to help implement these programs. This is a paid position at the rate of $9.50 per hour. Orientation Leaders will be assigned to work in various shifts between August 25 – September 2. 

This is a paid position at the rate of $9.50 per hour. Orientation Leaders will be assigned to work in various shifts between August 25 – September 2. All Orientation Leaders will work on the following dates:

• Friday, April 19, 4-5:30 PM
• Sunday, August 25 (mandatory training)
• Monday, August 26
• Wednesday, August 28
• Friday, August 30

If you are not available for ALL of the above dates, your application may not be considered. The remainder of dates will require some, but not all, Orientation Leaders to work, and the hours will vary. Your exact work schedule will be provided at the August 25 training session.

***APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 5:00 PM


Selection Process:

Applicants are chosen based on the information provided in this application. The application is designed to better inform us about your personal background, work history, academic history, and interest/motivation for becoming an Orientation Leader. Be clear and concise in your responses. In the section below, indicate the dates when you would be available to work, keeping in mind that August 25, 26, 28, and 30 are REQUIRED for this position. Students who are not available on these dates will not be hired.

Orientation Leader Responsibilities:

Eligibility: Leaders are required to be undergraduate students who are in good academic standing who were enrolled in the Winter term prior to their employment. Previous campus tour guide experience is helpful. Generally, a 2.5 GPA and no residence life or OSCR offenses are necessary to be selected as an Orientation Leader; exceptions may be made. Please explain your academic or judicial record(s), if necessary.

Training: Leaders are required to attend training on Sunday, August 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location is TBD.

Performance: Leaders are required to be punctual, reliable, and conscientious in the performance of all responsibilities. If lateness, absence, policy violation, or poor performance becomes a problem, ONSP reserves the right to dock pay as necessary. Leaders must follow all U-M and ONSP policies.


Salary: Each Leader will receive $9.50 per hour, plus breakfast on Monday and Wednesday and lunch on Monday. Total number of hours will vary, depending on which shifts you have been selected to work. On average, Orientation Leaders will work between 20 – 25 hours in total between August 25 – September 2. Leaders will also receive a Welcome to Michigan t-shirt.


Orientation Leaders who have a Fall 2019 residence hall contract will be able to move into their assigned space on the morning of August 25 (except Martha Cook). You will receive three meals during the program, but you will not be able to have meals in your residence hall until your regular contract begins. We cannot make arrangements for Leaders to move into the residence halls any earlier than this date. We cannot provide special housing arrangements for Leaders who are living off-campus and do not have a residence hall contract.


Being an Orientation Leader is a way for you to give back to the university community, assist new students and their families with their first few days on campus, and meet new people.

Questions? Contact Brynn Arnall at

Orientation Residential Staff

Orientation Residential Staff are integral members of the ONSP team.  This new, live-in position for the Summer of 2019 will have primary responsibilities for the evening and overnight operations of the Orientation program in East Quad.  A summary of the expectations, time commitment, and remuneration for the position can be found below:

  • Residential Staffing
    • Staff are required to live in the orientation residence hall to provide assistance to orientation participants during the evening and overnight portions of the program.
    • Staff will provide evening and overnight support for the program including:  lock outs, participating in building safety rounds, scheduled shifts at the Orientation duty table, maintaining and updating floor signage, enforcing of policies, and responding to emergency situations. 
    • Staff must maintain high personal standards in behavior, appearance, and attitude. They are also expected to demonstrate professional and appropriate relationships with students, parents, and other staff members during the programs.
    • Orientation Residential Staff will work closely with the Orientation Graduate Intern, Orientation Assistants, Orientation Leaders, Conference Community Assistants, and Housing Security to facilitate the evening operations of the building. 
    • On-duty staff may not drink any alcoholic beverages or use any other drugs that may diminish alertness or effectiveness. Off-duty staff may not use, or be under the influence of alcohol and other drugs in the presence of any orientation students or parents in the orientation program.
  • Programmatic Support
    • Work in a team environment to administer the evening and overnight aspect of the Orientation program.  
    • Prepare for orientation sessions by attending team planning meetings, making door tags, decorating floor bulletin boards, etc.
    • Facilitate early arrival meetings and activities with students arriving the day before their Orientation session. 
  • Staff Training
    • Orientation Residential Staff will participate in training on bystander intervention, conflict management, teamwork development, communication skills, U-M resources, safety and security procedures, and various other topics regarding the Orientation program.
  • Administrative
    • Job requirements also include other duties assigned by ONSP professional staff relating to the evening component of the Orientation program.
  • Time Commitment
    • The Orientation Residential Staff position requires consistent availability throughout the summer orientation program, May 24 to August 2, 2019. 
    • Staff are required to be punctual, reliable, and conscientious in the performance of all responsibilities. Any absences must be negotiated in advance with a supervisor.
    • Staff are required to attend all training sessions (May 24, May 28-30).
    • Staff will work a consistent 4 nights per week to be assigned by ONSP. 
    • Staff must be available to work assigned shifts from 9:00pm – 1:00am when Orientation is in session. When scheduled for a shift, staff must reside in the building overnight until 8:00am in order to respond to the needs of program participants and to potential emergency situations.
    • Staff will be assigned approximately 18 hours per week of active programmatic coverage including staffing of the duty table, building rounds, and preparation for orientation sessions between the hours of 9:00pm and 1:00am. Staffing will serve in an “on-call” capacity for the remainder of each night assigned until 8:00am. 
    • Staff may be enrolled in summer classes and/or seek additional employment contingent upon these additional opportunities not conflicting with Orientation responsibilities. 
  • Academic Standards
    • Orientation Residential Staff are required to have been enrolled in the fall and winter terms prior to their employment (with the exception of early graduation) and to have been in good academic and judicial standing for both terms.
  • Remuneration
    • Orientation Residential Staff will receive room and board from May 24 to August 5, 2019.
      • Staff enrolled in U-M Summer Term classes will have the option to have their residential space extended until the close of the term.
    • Orientation Residential Staff will receive a weekly stipend of $75 beginning with staff training on May 24 and ending on August 5, 2019. 
    • Orientation Residential Staff will receive staff apparel.

How To Apply:  Please fill out the following form by Friday, March 22 at 5:00pm.

2019 Orientatoin Residential Staff Application

UMETC Cast Members & Stage Staff

The Office of New Student Programs employs enthusiastic and talented students as U-M ETC cast members. ONSP uses educational theater to inform, enlighten and teach new students about variety of social, academic, and personal issues typically encountered during the college years. The actors perform sketches, using a mix of comedy and drama, to actively engage the audience, both affectively and cognitively, about selected topics.


Click here for more information about auditioning for UMETC


UMETC also employs assistant directors, stage managers, and musical directors at different times throughout the year. Currently no openings are available. Openings will be posted on this site as they become available. 

Transfer Mentors

Each year, Transfer Connections hires and trains former transfer students to be peer mentors to summer, fall and winter LSA transfer students. This is a paid position and mentors are expected to keep regular contact with group members and plan and implement events throughout the year. Transfer mentors work 8-10 hours per week and additional hours as necessary throughout the Fall and Winter terms. The goal of the program is to help new transfer students acclimate to the University, offer a social network and increase their access to essential University services. Click here to learn more about becoming a Transfer Mentor.

Information Referral Assistants

Information Referral Assistants (IRA) are the front line at ONSP. Information Referral Assistants answer the phones, greet visitors to the office, assist with orientation reservations, help with staff projects, coordinate large mailings, and much more. IRAs work during ONSP's normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.



The application for 2019-2020 Fall/Winter IRAs is currently closed.

Arts at Michigan Staff

The Arts at Michigan program hires students who are passionate about the arts, regardless of academic major.


Click here to learn more about openings with Arts at Michigan.

Mentorship Communication Coordinators

A Communication Coordinator (CC) is a paid position with the Mentorship Program. You do not have to be a former peer mentor with the program before applying to be a CC, but some mentoring and/or leadership experience is preferred. CCs are responsible for leading their assigned peer mentor groups, offering advice to peer and faculty/staff mentors, answering questions, and providing information about mentorship opportunities to all mentors and mentees. They also plan and execute all Mentorship program events (2-3 events per month) and create the monthly and mid-monthly e-newsletters. CCs work 8-10 hours per week in the Mentorship Office, and an additional 4-6 hours outside the office (in meetings with peer core and faculty/staff mentors) and additional hours for major event staffing. Click here to learn more about becoming a Communication Coordinator

Veteran & Military Student Contact Coordinators

The Military and Veterans Services Program in conjunction with the UM Depression Center hires students who have or who are serving in the United States Military as Peer Advisor Leaders.   Peer Advisor Leaders (PALs) communicate with the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (P.A.V.E.) advisors and participants about the P.A.V.E. program.  They also plan activities and events that will help our Veterans, Military members and their families succeed at the University of Michigan.  PALs will also draft newsletters and other communication to our military community.   Applications are due in late February/early March.

Click here for more information, email Phil Larson:, or call (734)764-6413 for more information.

Graduate Student Opportunities

The Office of New Student Programs may hire graduate students for program assistant positions and occasionally sponsors a graduate internship. Check the student employment website for current listings (do an "Advanced job search" and enter "New Student Programs, Office of" in the "Department or Employer" field).

Volunteer Peer Mentors

The University Mentorship Program seeks undergraduate students to volunteer as Peer Mentors.  Peer Mentors play an integral role in the Mentorship Program by being the primary facilitator of small group Mentorship interactions. Being a peer mentor with the University Mentorship Program starts with a Winter term training session, and continues to December of the following Fall semester.


As a peer mentor, you will be matched with a faculty or staff member here at UM according to a shared academic/career interest. The two of you will form a mentoring team to four first-year students who also share your academic interests. The Mentorship Program also sponsors several small events throughout the year that participants will be invited to. In between face-to-face meetings with your group members, you are expected to keep in regular contact through phone and e-mail.


Peer Mentor applications are available November-January for the following academic year. Applications are due in late January, and selected applicants are invited back for individual interviews. Mentors will be notified of their acceptance into the Program in early March.


Click here for more information about the Mentorship Program Or call (764-6413) or e-mail us at

Summer Parking Attendant

ONSP hires a summer Parking Attendant to assist in the delivery of the U-M Orientation program.  In this position, the perfect candidate will be one of the first points of contact for incoming students and their families. This position works Sundays - Wednesday mornings from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM from early June through early August. This is the perfect job for those who also want to take classes during the summer.

Other Positions at ONSP

Currently there are no other positions available at ONSP.