Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Orientation Leaders

The Office of Student Life and Engagement needs YOUR help! 

Do you remember those student volunteers that checked you in, guided you from session to session, and answered questions at your University Orientation?  Well now you are the experienced ones, and we need you to be there for our incoming students!

Student volunteers are needed to assist with our University Orientation programs.  We are asking current students to volunteer for one or more of the programs as an University Orientation Leader.  This is a great opportunity to take on a leadership role and help our new students as they transition to Jefferson.


This is a volunteer student leader position that also includes the following complimentary items as a thank you for serving in the role of Student Orientation Leader.  For EACH orientation they serve at, students will receive the following*, except as noted.

  • $25 gift card - choose from Amazon, Starbucks, or Target
  • Drawstring backpack with Jimmy Johns free sub card
  • Jefferson t-shirt (provided only once)
  • Lunch at the orientation

*Students must fulfill the position requirements, expectations, and responsibilities.  An electronic gift card will be sent to students' Jefferson email within one week after the orientation date. OSLE reserves the right to modify the amount of the gift card based upon successful completion of requirements, expectations, and responsibilities.

Position Requirements

  • Must be a returning or graduating student that is matriculated at Jefferson.
  • Must be available to volunteer for the entire shift at one or more of the University Orientation dates listed.
  • Must be willing to help all new students regardless of academic program.
  • Must be willing to assist with any of the corresponding responsibilities of an Orientation Leader.

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities may include any or all of the following

  • Serve as a student representative of the University
  • Staff the Check-In Table (record attendance, handout materials)
  • Greet arriving students and help seat them
  • Lead groups of students between sessions and around campus
  • Give a campus tour (guided path and talking points provided) or take students to visit the sample rooms in the residence halls
  • Serve as a resource, answering any general questions, and directing them to the appropriate office / staff
  • Help students make their way through the Resource Room
  • Sit with the new students at lunch and engage them in discussion
  • Assist with set-up or take-down of areas and collect evaluations at end of day

Position Expectations

  • Required Attire
    • Dress appropriately and professionally.  When you arrive, we will provide you with a Jefferson t-shirt to wear throughout the day. 
    • On your lower half wear attire such as khaki pants, capris, longer shorts, or nice jeans.  NO cut-offs, ripped jeans, or short shorts (must have a minimum six inch inseam or more). 
    • For your feet, wear comfortable shoes suitable for traveling between buildings.  NO flip-flops. 
    • And don’t forget to bring your Jefferson ID badge with you
  • Be friendly and professional!  Keep in mind that in your role as an Orientation Leader you are representing the University. 
  • Actively engage with the incoming students – try to make them feel welcome and comfortable in their new environment.  Ensure that your focus is on the incoming students; refrain from socializing exclusively with the other Orientation Leaders.
  • Serve as a resource answering any questions you can or directing students to the appropriate person
  • Engage in ongoing communication with the OSLE staff members throughout the day – don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have about your role; also, keep the staff informed of any issues
  • Ensure that you are where you are supposed to be throughout the day (refer to your schedule and specific roles)
  • Engage in a respecful manner in all interactions; be positive and approachable; role model appropriate behavior for incoming students
  • Answer questions about the University while being free of personal bias
  • Be pro-active in meeting the needs of our incoming students, such as asking if anyone has any questions or approaching someone that seems confused

2019 University Orientation Dates

Pre-Fall University Orientation: Monday, May 13, 2019

Orientation Leader Shift Time: 7:00am-5:00pm, Hamilton Building, Connelly Auditorium

  • College of Health Professions
    • Physician Assistant Studies, Center City Campus
  • College of Nursing
    • FACT - 1 Year program, Center City Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Physical Therapy, Center City Campus

Fall University Orientation: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Orientation Leader Shift Time: 7:00am-5:00pm, Hamilton Building, Connelly Auditorium

  • College of Nursing
    • BSN Pre-licensure Traditional program, Center City Campus
    • FACT – 2 Year program, Center City Campus
  • College of Pharmacy

Fall University Orientation: Friday, July 12, 2019

Orientation Leader Shift Time: 7:00am-5:00pm, Hamilton Building, Connelly Auditorium

  • College of Health Professions
    • Couple and Family Therapy, Center City Campus
    • Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences*, Center City Campus
    • Medical Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology, Center City Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Occupational Therapy*, Center City Campus

*Students in the Department of Occupational Therapy: PP-OTD program and the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences: Certificate Programs and Master of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences program are expected to complete the online orientation.


How to Apply to be an Orientation Leader

Submit the following information via email to

  1. Name:
  2. Campus Key:
  3. Academic Program:
  4. Jefferson Email:
  5. Cell Phone Number:
  6. T-Shirt Size:
  7. Gift Card Selection (choose from Amazon, Target, or Wawa):
  8. Orientation Date(s) That You Want to Volunteer For:



A confirmation email will be sent to your Jefferson email if you are selected to be an Orientation Leader.  Additional details will be sent to Orientation Leaders as each date approaches.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement at or at 215-503-7743.